Many other top forwards are expected to follow Griffin, although not right away. Here is a ranking of the top forwards in NBA Draft odds for the 2009 NBA Draft.
NBA Draft betting at the sports book begins with Griffin at #1 followed by Arizona’s Jordan Hill. Most NBA Draft betting boards have Hill as a Top 10 pick. At #3 in forwards in NBA Draft betting is USC’s Demar DeRozan. He could also be a Top 10 pick. He is followed at #4 in forwards NBA Draft betting by Pittsburgh’s DeJuan Blair. It is expected that Blair will probably go in the middle of the first round. He is followed closely at #5 by Wake Forest’s James Johnson and Louisville’s Earl Clark at #6. You can also put Gonzaga’s Austin Daye and Pittsburgh’s Sam Young right with those two at #7 and #8 in NBA Draft betting. Tyler Hansbrough is at #9 in NBA Draft betting for forwards followed by Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal at #10.
NBA Draft betting at the sportsbook on forwards in the second ten begins with Arizona’s Chase Budinger at #11. He is followed by three International players at #12, #13 and #14 in NBA Draft odds. They are Victor Claver, Pamesa Valencia and Omri Casspi. At #15 is Arizona State’s Jeff Pendergraph followed by USC’s Taj Gibson at #16. At #17 in NBA Draft betting at the sports book is Missouri’s DeMarre Carroll followed by Derrick Brown at #18. Georgetown’s DaJuan Summers is 19th and North Carolina’s Danny Green rounds out the Top 20 in NBA Draft betting.
What you will notice about the forwards in NBA Draft odds at the sportsbook is that they are very top heavy. After Griffin, Hill and perhaps DeRozan, there are just not that many players that you can expect to go very high in NBA Draft betting. The entire second ten in NBA Draft betting forwards could go in the second round although most NBA Draft odds boards have Budinger going in the first round. The depth in the forwards for the 2009 NBA Draft is just not very good. Oftentimes in the NBA Draft you will have a lot of potentially great forwards and in this draft there is probably only one, that being Griffin.