It’s been quite a wild week leading up to Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Jabari Smith Jr. entered the week as the betting favorite to go No. 1, the position he was in essentially since the Orlando Magic won the lottery. Then Paolo Banchero’s odds steadily rose in recent days, to the point where early Thursday morning he actually overtook the Auburn forward as the betting favorite at Caesars Sportsbook.
But that lasted only a few hours.
The betting market was even taken off the board odds for No. 1, 2 and 3 after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Smith — despite late line movement — was still the expected favorite to go No. 1 with Chet Holmgren and Banchero likely to go No. 2 and No. 3 to OKC and Houston, respectively. So in our final pre-draft mock that’s the exact order we projected them to go in our mock draft. However, there’s still several tweaks to our final two-round projections — including a few changes to the top 10 and a new order in the second round after several trades.