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NBA Draft Odds: Who Will Be the No. 3 Pick?

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin@skyler_carlin

The Boston Celtics have been crowned champions for the 2023-24 NBA campaign. While the Celtics celebrate their championship, the focus around the NBA now shifts toward the upcoming draft.

At the moment, the Houston Rockets hold the No. 3 overall pick (via the Brooklyn Nets) in the 2024 NBA Draft. The Rockets finished with a 41-41 record this past season, and they'll want to address a variety of needs this offseason to become a playoff contender again.

Over on FanDuel Sportsbook, they are offering NBA Draft odds, and one of the markets available is who will be taken with the third overall pick. With this year's draft right around the corner, let's take a look at the odds and discuss the skill sets of potential candidates to be selected at No. 3.

All NBA odds come from FanDuel Sportsbook and may change after this article is published.

NBA Draft Odds

Odds to Be the No. 3 Pick in the NBA Draft

Player
Odds
Reed Sheppard+135
Donovan Clingan+230
Zaccharie Risacher+750
Alexandre Sarr+900
Stephon Castle+1200
Matas Buzelis+1500
Rob Dillingham+3000
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Reed Sheppard (+135)

With the Rockets registering the eighth-lowest three-point percentage (35.2%) despite logging the 13th-highest three-point rate (39.7%) in 2023-24, it comes as no surprise that they could be looking to improve in the outside shooting department. There are reports saying Houston is expressing interest in adding Reed Sheppard out of Kentucky to give them a much-needed shooter in the backcourt alongside Fred VanVleet and Jalen Green.

Regardless if the Rockets select Sheppard -- or if a different team trades up to No. 3 select him -- he shot an efficient 52.1% from beyond the arc while averaging 4.4 threes per game in his lone season at Kentucky. Along with his efficient shooting, Sheppard flashed playmaking ability and a knack to generate steals with 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game last year.

Sheppard could be considered an undersized guard at 6-foot-3 and around 190 pounds, so some teams may be wary of trying to develop him into a full-time starter at point guard. But with this year's class lacking a consensus No. 1 prospect, Sheppard could find himself hearing his name called with the third overall selection.

Donovan Clingan (+250)

Alperen Sengun experienced a breakout campaign for the Rockets in 2023-24, averaging career-best marks in points (21.1), rebounds (9.3), and assists (5.0) per game with a career-high 27.0% usage rate in 63 games. Sadly, Sengun suffered knee and ankle injuries that sidelined him for the final 18 games of the season.

Even with Sengun flashing plenty of upside in an expanded role, the Rockets could look to bolster their frontcourt even further. Donovan Clingan out of Connecticut figures to be a popular name for teams that are seeking help at the center position this offseason.

Amid a two-year championship run with the Huskies, Clingan tallied 13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game on an impressive 63.7% true-shooting percentage this past year. While the Rockets could try to pair Sengun and Clingan, there is also a chance another team looks to move up for the talented big man if Clingan is still on the board after the first two picks.

Zaccharie Risacher (+750)

Zaccharie Risacher is an intriguing international prospect who is drumming up interest from teams around the league. Risacher has played in the top professional French league in recent years, producing 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while knocking down 35.2% of his three-point shots.

What makes Risacher such an enticing prospect is the fact he turned just 19 years old in April, and he's listed at 6-foot-9. The idea of developing Risacher into a three-and-D wing -- in a league that covets players who fit that mold -- is one that teams could find hard to pass up.

The Rockets would benefit from adding a player like Risacher, one who can evolve as a passer and provide a boost at the forward spots. There are going to be a handful of teams that certainly have Risacher high on their draft boards given his potential.

The reason Risacher is +750 in this market is that he probably won't be available at No. 3. He has the shortest odds to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft (-125).


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