NBA Draft Odds: Jabari Smith Favored Over Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero to Be No. 1 Pick

Devon Platana
The latest 2022 NBA Draft odds favor Jabari Smith over Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero to be the No. 1 pick.
The latest 2022 NBA Draft odds favor Jabari Smith over Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero to be the No. 1 pick. / Ken Ruinard / USA TODAY Network / USA

Even though basketball's playoffs are far from over, that hasn't stopped fans of eliminated teams from looking ahead to the 2022 NBA Draft. That excitement is currently at an all-time high with the draft lottery set to take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

Nobody knows which team will be drafting first overall just yet, but it's clear that there are a handful of prospects in this year's worthy of the honor. Fortunately, the latest NBA Draft odds help shed some light on the situation.

FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring Auburn power forward Jabari Smith to be selected first overall at +100 odds. The 19-year-old looked poised for a promising career during his only year with the Tigers, averaging 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting .429/.420/.799 in 34 games.

Gonzaga stretch center Chet Holmgren holds the second-best odds at +135. He nearly averaged a double-double in 2021-22 with 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds. He also demonstrated his shooting ability by shooting .390 on 3.3 attempted threes per game.

Duke's Paolo Banchero rounds on the top three at +420. The 6-foot-10 power forward led all Blue Devils players with 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season, adding 3.2 assists along the way.

Here's a look at how the rest of the 2022 NBA Draft odds to be selected at No. 1 are shaping up. A total of 10 prospects are tied at +50000.

NBA Draft 2022 Odds

1. Jabari Smith, Auburn (+100)

2. Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga (+135)

3. Paolo Banchero, Duke (+420)

4. Jaden Ivey, Purdue (+3500)

5. Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky (+6500)

6. Johnny Davis, Wisconsin (+17000)

7. Ochai Agbaji, Kansas (+17000)

8. Keegan Murray, Iowa (+24000)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.