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- Zion Williamson has emerged as the top prospect for the 2019 NBA Draft, but how much would he hypothetically be worth to the point spread at the next level?
- Vik Chokshi turned to four oddsmakers to find out. See how many points they say Zion would be worth to the spread as a rookie as well as how many wins to a team's season total.
With the trade deadline come and gone, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2019 NBA Draft — aka the Zion Williamson lottery.
I’ve watched basketball my whole life, and Williamson is one of the most electrifying players I’ve seen. He looks like a generational talent who could change an NBA team’s future. But being the gambler I am, I wanted to take it a step further and look at Zion through a betting lens.
With the draft approaching, it made me wonder: How much would Williamson be worth to the point spread once he’s selected in June?
Every NBA player is given a value toward the actual point spread on a game-by-game basis as well as toward the season win total.
For example, when I spoke to Jeff Sherman at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook earlier this season, these were the top three NBA stars at his book and their respective worth to the point spread: Anthony Davis (4.5), Giannis Antetokounmpo (4) and LeBron James (4).
So to find out how much Williamson would impact the point spread, we turned to oddsmakers.