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NBA Draft Value Picks for the Top 10: Best Sleeper Bets for a Big Payday

NBA Draft Value Picks for the Top 10: Best Sleeper Bets for a Big Payday
Ochai Agbaji of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the first half of the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images via AFP.

The 2022 NBA Draft is quickly approaching. We prepare for the big event with our top value bets to go in the top 10 of the NBA draft.

Many sportsbooks have a diverse offering of NBA draft wagers, including who will be selected with the first five picks, Over/Unders for player draft position and even specials on which international prospect will hear his name called first.

In this article, I’ll focus my energy on players’ odds to be selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft with five guys who offer some juicy value (odds via PointsBet and DraftKings Sportsbook).

NBA Draft Odds: To Be Chosen in the Top 10

Top Picks to Go in the Top 10 of the NBA Draft

  • Jalen Duren (+100 via DraftKings)
  • Mark Williams (+450 via DraftKings)
  • Jeremy Sochan (+200 via DraftKings)
  • Ousmane Dieng (+500 via PointsBet)
  • Ochai Agbaji (+300 via PointsBet)

Value Targets for the Top 10 of the NBA Draft

Duren (+100 DraftKings, -115 PointsBet)

The 6-foot-11, 250-pound center balled out for Memphis as a freshman last season, winning AAC Rookie of the Year behind an impressive 12.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. There’s a lot of speculation that the San Antonio Spurs are interested in a big man with the ninth pick, and Jalen Duren could be a prime candidate.

He’s not a stretch-five, but he offers more athleticism and defensive versatility than current starter Jakob Poeltl. Duren is the odds-on favorite to be the first center off the board, but Duke’s big man is certainly in the mix. Speaking of him …

Williams (+450 DraftKings, +300 PointsBet)

Standout Duke sophomore Mark Williams averaged 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game on his way to ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman last season. His draft stock got a big boost at the NBA Combine when he measured 7-foot-2 in shoes with a 7-foot-6 wingspan and a ridiculous 9-foo-9 standing reach.

Williams and Duren are widely regarded as the two best centers in this draft class, and there’s a chance the former Blue Devils star makes the leap into the top 10.

Sochan (+200 DraftKings, +140 PointsBet)

Jeremy Sochan’s hustle for loose balls and keen ability to get in position for rebounds (moreso than his hair color) has drawn comparisons to Dennis Rodman, but the Baylor product isn’t all grit and determination. Though he shot less than 30% from beyond the arc last season, he flashed his 3-point ability and has the offensive toolset to become a reliable scorer at the next level.

“Little Rodman” showed off his defensive prowess last season at Baylor and has become a hot name in NBA draft discussions. There’s no consensus across industry mock drafts on Sochan’s most likely destination, as his range of outcomes is as high as No. 6 to the Indiana Pacers and as low as No. 18 to the Chicago Bulls. A top-10 pick splits that difference.

Dieng (+400 DraftKings, +500 PointsBet)

Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) has given us two top-10 picks over the last two NBA drafts, starting with guard LaMelo Ball (No. 3) in 2020 and guard Josh Giddey (No. 6) in 2021. There’s reason to believe an NBL star will go inside the top 10 for a third straight season. Ousmane Dieng is still a very raw prospect, but he flashed some tantalizing upside over the final 12 games of the season with the New Zealand Breakers, averaging 13.3 points on an efficient 48.4% shooting. His ceiling is an elite point forward with excellent defense, and at 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot wingspan, NBA GMs have taken notice. 

There are potential fits for Dieng at the backend of the top 10. He could go at No. 8 to the New Orleans Pelicans, who have no glaring needs and could shoot for long-term upside. The Ringer’s most recent mock has him going to the Spurs at No. 9, landing with an organization that has a proven track record of developing international talent. Then there’s the Washington Wizards, a team in desperate need of guard help right now, but still in rebuild mode and considering the future.

Agbaji (+250 DraftKings, +300 PointsBet)

The senior out of Kansas is already 22, but age isn’t a huge red flag in the NBA anymore. Remember how well Chris Duarte played last season? Ochai Agbaji made a name for himself during the Jayhawks’ NCAA Tournament championship run, earning the Most Outstanding Player award as Kansas used a huge second half to overcome North Carolina’s early lead in the title game.

The score-first guard is 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, and his size should attract plenty of attention from GMs when it’s time to make a selection. The most obvious fit could be at No. 10 to Washington, a team that’s made no secret about its desire to bring a point guard on board. Agbaji’s tournament performance could rocket him into the top 10 much like Davion Mitchell in 2021, who was selected at No. 9 by the Sacramento Kings after winning the NCAA Tournament with Baylor.

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2022 NBA Draft picks made on 6/16/2022 at 7:47 a.m. ET.