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Breaking down over/under draft position prop for James Wiseman

We take a look at 2020 NBA Draft position player props on DraftKings Sportsbook and try to predict where the highly-touted prospect will land.

James Wiseman of the Memphis Tigers against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during a game on November 5, 2019 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated South Carolina State 97-64. Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images

The 2020 NBA Draft is fast approaching on Wednesday, November 18th virtually at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. With less than two weeks to go, DraftKings Sportsbook has added plenty of interesting player props to choose from for the draft. Among those tasty selections is specific player draft position. Four of the top prospects are listed with Over/Under’s for where each will be selected in the 2020 draft. LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and Obi Toppin. We’ll be taking a look at each of the players props and whether or not they are appealing bets to consider.

2020 NBA Draft player position prop: James Wiseman

Over 2.5: -134
Under 2.5: +110

I’ve written up a few of these lines on DKSB and I’ve only found value in the juice. Many believe that Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball will be 1-2 in the order to the T-Wolves and Warriors. I don’t think that’s necessarily going to be the case. We could see a trade shake things up at the top and Wiseman is the best center prospect in the draft. There was one point in which Wiseman was touted as the best prospect in this draft class. I think if we saw a full season of Wiseman — NCAA Tournament, NBA Combine, all that jazz — that the former Memphis Tiger would be the favorite to go first overall.

If the Timberwolves keep the pick, the fact that Wiseman is a center has scared people off of him going first overall. Minnesota has Karl-Anthony Towns and there wouldn’t be a path for Wiseman to get playing time right away... Or is there? I could see the T-Wolves mixing things up and going with Wiseman to play alongside KAT. Towns is 6’11” but to me is more of a pure PF in the way he plays the game. He’s also a defensive liability. Perhaps Wiseman can anchor the middle while Towns spaces the floor more. KAT can play inside and is a very capable 3-point shooter. Wiseman is more of a traditional center who has the athleticism and tools to become an All-Star. Players like Wiseman don’t grow on trees and I could see Minnesota going with him and worrying about the roster later.

For those reasons, I sort of like Wiseman to potentially go in the first two picks. If that’s the case, we get it at +180. With so much unknown from the weird year-long season and no ability to properly judge prospects through a regular process, you can take some risks with these player prop lines.

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