The much anticipated 2014 NBA Draft is finally set to get underway on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Not every team will be active on draft day. While they could trade for a selection, five teams are entering the night without a pick. The Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans will be spectators, unless they make a move.
Some teams will be drafting with an eye on the impeding start of free agency, since the likes of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will be free to sign new contracts on July 1. According to ESPN, the Miami Heat could target Shabazz Napier in the first round. James is a fan of the Connecticut guard, and the organization could trade up, in order to acquire him.
Unlike in some years, there is no clear-cut choice to be the top overall selection. Bovada.lv lists betting odds for three possible candidates, though it’s possible that the Cleveland Cavaliers could make a surprise pick. Last year, Cleveland took Anthony Bennett first, when practically no mock drafts had him as the No.1 pick.
While Bennett was a major disappointment in his rookie season, most top selections have turned out to above-average players. Of all the No.1 picks from 1990-2012, only six never made an All-Star team in their careers.
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Below are some prop bets for the 2014 NBA Draft, as well as the television information for the event.
Who will be selected with the No.1 overall pick?
Joel Embiid (+1200)
Andrew Wiggins (-333)
Jabari Parker (+210)
Dante Exum draft positon
Over 3.5 (+140)
Under 3.5 (-180)
Noah Vonleh draft position
Over 5 (+130)
Under 5 (-170)
Julius Randle draft position
Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-130)
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