The NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday raised the spirits of some teams, and the crushed the dreams of others. The Orlando Magic came out as the biggest winners, earning the No. 1 overall pick and giving them first choice of the top prospects ready to enter the league.
It appears Orlando could already have its eye on one player in particular: Auburn forward Jabari Smith. The freshman All-American is now the clear favorite to go No. 1 overall at -130 after the lottery, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA Draft odds.
This is a noteworthy change for Smith. Though he was in the lead with +100 odds ahead of Tuesday's ping-pong ball drawing, the movement after the festivities showcases oddsmakers think he and the Magic are a perfect match.
It's easy to see how Smith could slot in right alongside Wendell Carter Jr. and restricted free agent Mo Bamba to provide a scoring punch in Orlando's frontcourt. The Tigers standout averaged 16.9 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field and 42.0% from the 3-point line at just 18 years old this past season.
Smith's rise has coincided with Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero both falling in their odds to be the top pick. Holmgren went from +135 to +155 after the lottery, and Banchero dropped from +420 to a distant third at +600.
Here's how the current No. 1 pick odds stack up following Tuesday's lottery drawing.
Number 1 Pick Odds NBA
1. Jabari Smith, Auburn (-130)
2. Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga (+155)
3. Paolo Banchero, Duke (+600)
4. Jaden Ivey, Purdue (+5500)
5. Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky (+6500)
6. Johnny Davis, Wisconsin (+22000)
7. Ochai Ogbaji, Kansas (+22000)
8. Keegan Murray, Iowa (+24000)
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