Cash On These 2017-18 All-NBA First Team Selection Props

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Jay Pryce

Monday, July 3, 2017 4:26 PM GMT

The wild NBA offseason is finally growing tame. As the dust settles, now is a great time to reevaluate the futures market. Let's start with the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team Selection Props.

Top-rated online sportsbook 5Dimes is currently offering proposition bets for 2017-18 All-NBA First Team selections. Now is a great time to jump into the futures market. This offseason has been one of the most explosive in recent memory with several superstars (Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Paul George) swapping teams via trades and free agency. The landscape has changed immensely, but the dust is settling. The draft is complete, summer league in full swing and most players capable of altering the betting market established in their new settings. Let's take a look at where value lies in projecting next year's All-NBA First team.

The All-NBA Teams are chosen by a media panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters at the end of the regular season. Voters are asked to select their three top choices at each position (two guards, two forwards, and one center). A 5-3-1 point system is tallied and players playing multiple positions are slotted in the spot where reviving the most votes. Here's a look at the primary contenders at each position, as well as any significant line movement, best bets and lucrative long shots:

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Top Choices:

Player
Odds (June 21)
Odds (July 3)
LeBron James
-475
-390
Kevin Durant
+110
-185
Kawhi Leonard
+220
+105
Giannis Antetokounmpo
+625
+390
Jimmy Butler
+850
+800
Draymond Green
+1100
+1500
Paul George
+1200
+1500

 

Best Bet: James (-390)

Don't be put off by the number, James is a shoe-in to nab top honors. He set career-highs in assists (8.7) and rebounds (8.6) per game last season, while dropping 26.4 points per night. He's worth more to his team than any player in the NBA, and will continue to flourish in one of the weakest conferences in recent memory. James has made the First Team 11 times in his 14-year career, including 10 straight. There is value in the number with the market adjusting in James' favor as bettors drop money on who will ultimately play second-fiddle in voting.

Best Value: Leonard (+105)

Both Leonard and Durant are taking plenty of action in the race for second, but the value here is with the Spurs forward. Durant's worth to the Warriors will always be tempered by Steph Curry, who the team is really built around. Leonard, considered the best two-way player in the league, is key to head coach Gregg Popovich's success. He received 96 First Team votes last season and is the lone wolf on a playoff contender in a conference now full of two-star tandems. Expect a lot of attention and praise when the Spurs make the postseason for the 21st time in a row.

Lucrative Longshot: Antetokounmpo (+390)

The Greek Freak received 81 second place votes last season and is a sharp play in early wagering. He's dropped to +390 odds following a +625 opener. The budding superstar continues to improve and will stand out in an Eastern Conference devoid of talent. He'll need gaudy numbers to overcome his Western Conference peers who voters will find more deserving via strength of schedule.

 

Guards

Top Choices:

Player
Odds (June 21)
Odds (July 3)
Russell Westbrook
+140
-120
James Harden
+220
+155
Steph Curry
+250
+135
Kyrie Irving
+450
+550
Isaiah Thomas
+525
+600
John Wall
+625
+700
DeMar DeRozan
+650
+800

 

Best Bet: Westbrook (-120)

The addition of George will do nothing to Westbrook's stats. Expect another triple-double barrage next season. If anything, George adds 5-6 wins to a 47-35 team in 2016, potentially increasing Westbrook's value among voters whether he averages another triple-double or not. The 6-3 guard has won the scoring title in two of the last three seasons.

Best Value: Curry (+135)

The best player on arguably the best NBA team ever will always be highly considered for the First Team. Curry was largely left out of the final MVP discussion last season despite putting up similar numbers (25.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 6.6 apg) to his winning campaigns in 2015 and 2016. Curry's shooting makes this team work, despite discussion on who is the alpha on the team between he and Durant. Voters know this, I hope.

Lucrative Long shot: Chris Paul (+1800)

Speaking of alphas, Paul will put up numbers that mirror those of Harden in Houston. Harden is still the “scorer” for the Rockets, but Paul's points and assists will increase in the up-tempo system. Paul's defense will also shine sharing the backcourt beside the lackluster Harden. If the Rockets improve, voters could favor Paul more in a very competitive guard market. He's averaged a double-digit win share in his last seven seasons straight. To sit eighth choice with Kyle Lowry on the oddsboard is a crime. Play this price (+1800) on principle alone.

 

Center

Top Choices:

Player
Odds (June 21)
Odds (July 3)
Anthony Davis
+250
+205
De'Andre Jordan
+450
+525
Rudy Gobert
+550
+400
Nikola Jokic
+550
+675
Karl-Anthony Towns
+550
+475
DeMarcus Cousins
+600
+700
Joel Embiid
+675
+775

 

Best Bet: Davis (+205)

Davis edged out Rudy Gobert last season 343 to 339. Although the Pelicans are likely on the outside looking in for the playoffs, Davis' ability to score will continue to impress voters. He ranked fourth in the NBA in scoring last season with 28.0 points per game, while averaging 11.8 boards. With Cousins in the lineup, Davis' points average slipped to 24.4 per game, but he saw an uptick in blocks, rebounds and assists.

Best Value: Karl-Anthony Towns (+475)

George and Gordon Hayward received most of the attention last year as the biggest All-Team snubs, but it was Towns with the most voter points missing out on honors. The T-Wolves center tallied 50 points overall, including two first-place votes. Minnesota is expected to make the playoffs with the Butler trade, and Towns' production will receive even more attention and accolades.

Lucrative Long shot: Embiid (+775)

The young center was well on his way to earning Rookie of the Year honors before injury derailed his season in 2016-17. The team is chock-full of growing talent and will rally around Embiid as the centerpiece. His scoring prowess makes Embiid a serious contender every season from here on out.

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