Baylor guard Davion Mitchell (45) drives past Villanova guard Justin Moore (5) in the second half of a Sweet 16 game
Baylor guard Davion Mitchell (45) drives past Villanova guard Justin Moore (5) in the second half of a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

2021 NBA Draft Best Bets

NBA Draft season is upon us. There is no tradition like watching just two of the lottery picks pan out but talking our teams into this player changing our franchise forever. I’ve read at least 250 mock drafts that will likely have about a 10 percent accuracy rating and I will clear my schedule to watch a draft in which my team won’t choose until the second round. And hey, we can’t forget ESPN telling the most depressing story about each and every player that is selected. There is nothing like shining light on lifetime trauma the second a player completes their lifelong dream. 

With all that said, I actually am excited for the draft even if I am a little pessimistic. It will be a fun night and there could be some massive NBA trades that go down because of it. Rumor has it that the OKC Thunder are desperately trying to move up and are even offering Shai Gilgeous-Alexander which doesn’t make a ton of sense because he might be better than anyone involved in this draft outside of Cade Cunningham. 

Let’s go ahead and look at a couple of props that you should be focused on ahead of draft night. 

Cam Thomas OVER 22.5 (+100) 
I wanted to start with a plus money prop because I am not sure just how many of these will be plus. Cam Thomas was a really talented scorer at LSU but he is also really young and really raw. This is a bit risky because a lot of mocks have Thomas going to the Hawks at number 20, but this is a developmental project and projects tend to fall. I don’t LOVE this prop but it’s one I can easily see happening. Confidence Meter: 5/10 

Jonathan Kuminga OVER 6.6 (-120)
Remember what I was saying about developmental prospects? Kuminga fits exactly that type. While I make the argument that he really should be a guy that goes a little bit later, around 10 or so, he will likely have some movement. The big question for him is whether or not he will fall past the OKC Thunder at pick 6. Rumor has it that Sam Presti has fallen in love with James Bouknight and the Thunder could move up further, and if that’s the case, Kuminga isn’t the guy. The EARLIEST that I see him going is to the Thunder at 7, but I really think the Magic at 8 makes the most sense. Confident Meter: 8/10

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Davion Mitchell UNDER 10.5 (+125)
There is something to be said about guys that can come into the league and contribute and score right away, and I have no doubt that Mitchell is that guy and NBA teams know it. He is coming off a National Championship with Baylor, was a huge part of that team, and even has the nickname “Off Night” because that’s what he does to his opponents. I love the fit for Mitchell in Memphis, but it’s also not one that I am overly confident in. I love the plus money, but this is a small wager for me. Confidence Meter: 4/10

Sharife Cooper OVER 20.5 (-140)
I wish I could get an alternate line on this prop because there is no way that Cooper is taken below 20 and I just think this line is unfair. I can see Cooper dropping to round two sort of like Lu Dort did a few years back because this guy is just too young and too raw. If he played one more year in college, I think he could be a lottery pick but he has a shaky outside shot and just isn’t a top 20 pick. Confidence Meter: 9/10

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