Markelle Fultz odds-on favorite to become No. 1 pick


If it feels like Markelle Fultz – who talked up his fit with the Celtics, who hold (and probably will hold) the top pick in the upcoming draft – has become the consensus No. 1 pick, the betting markets agree.

Bovada released its odds for the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft:

  • Markelle Fultz 1/5
  • Lonzo Ball 4/1
  • Jayson Tatum 12/1
  • Any other player 10/1

This looks about right.

Fultz is a complete prospect and extremely polished. Ball might offer a higher upside, but LaVar Ball said his son will work out for only the Lakers, making it unlikely Boston picks him. I’d give Josh Jackson a higher chance of going No. 1 than Jayson Tatum, but I’m not sure there’s anyone else in the field factors, so 10/1 (Jackson, others) vs. 12/1 (Tatum) works.