2020 NBA Draft odds: Okongwu, Hayes favorites for Wizards to draft at No. 9

Chase Hughes
·2 min read

NBA Draft odds: Okongwu, Hayes favorites for Wizards to draft at No. 9 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

If the betting odds are any indication, the Wizards should have a good opportunity to address one of their most pressing needs in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft.

PointsBet highlights four players as most likely to go to Washington with their first pick. They include Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State), Isaac Okoro (Auburn), Killian Hayes (France) and Onyeka Okongwu (USC).

Haliburton and Hayes would give them backcourt depth and long-term insurance for John Wall and Bradley Beal. Okongwu and Okoro would give them defense, Okongwu at the rim and Okoro on the perimeter.

There are others high on the board of betting odds including Devin Vassell and Patrick Williams, both of Florida State. They would add defense and, in Vassell's case, also three-point shooting.

The Wizards are set to pick ninth overall, just as they did in the 2019 draft. But they could conceivably trade up or down on draft night.

Here is the full list, provided by our partner PointsBet:

Tyrese Haliburton +400Isaac Okoro +400

Killian Hayes +400

Onyeka Okongwu +400

Devin Vassell +500

Patrick Williams +800

Saddiq Bey +2000

Precious Achiuwa +2000

Aaron Nesmith +2200

RJ Hampton +2500

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Beyond the players at the top, what also stands out is how low Achiuwa is. He is not projected by most mock drafts to go in the top 10 where the Wizards are picking, but if they did choose him at nine it wouldn't be that much of a reach given how closely he would fit what they need; defense and rebounding.

Also, the fact Hampton is on the board stands out. Most expect him to go in the second half of the first round. If the Wizards used their first pick on him, it would probably be in a trade back scenario.

Hampton also plays point guard, as Hayes does. And that is worth noting as the Wizards expect to have Wall back on the court when the 2020-21 season opens. 

Wall is 30 now but has three years left on his supermax contract. Using their first pick on a point guard would mean spending a substantial resource on a guy who may not have a path to start anytime soon.