WNBA Draft 2020: Ionescu Heavily Favored To Go No. 1
Under normal circumstances, the WNBA would be launching its season in a month. The 2020 campaign was slated to begin May 15. Like all North American pro sports, the WNBA has no idea when it will tip off the regular season due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Nonetheless, the WNBA will go ahead with its draft on April 17. Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is the overwhelming favorite to be selected first.
- Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is the overwhelming -10,000 favorite to be selected first overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft
- Ionescu and teammate Satou Sabally could make it a 1-2 punch for Oregon at the top of the draft
- The WNBA Draft will be held online on April 17
WNBA Draft day will be a big day for the Oregon Ducks and for the New York Liberty. Not only do the Liberty hold the first overall selection in the draft, with which it’s almost a certainty that they will select Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu, hey own three first-round picks and five of the first 15 selections among the WNBA Draft 2020 picks.
Ducks players could go 1-2 in the draft, with Oregon’s Satou Sabally given an excellent chance to be the second player to come off the board. BetOnline is offering a prop wager that as many as three Ducks could be first-round selections. If you sign-up for this sportsbook, you will be eligible for some nice welcome bonuses.
Ionescu A Cut Above
It’s difficult to establish a comparable to Ionescu because she’s accomplished feats on the NCAA hardwood never before achieved by a male or female player. The 5-foot-11 guard recorded an NCAA-record 26 triple-doubles. She’s the first player in NCAA history to finish with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists.
She led the Ducks to win the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles as a senior this season. Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds. She was named the PAC-12 most outstanding player of the year for the regular season and was conference tournament MVP.
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BetOnline is offering a prop on whether Ionescu will go first overall among WNBA Draft Picks. The odds give away the answer, though. She’s a prohibitive -10,000 to go first. Ionescu is at odds of +2000 not to be the first player chosen.
Pick: Yes (-10,000).
Sabally Makes 1-2 Look Ducky
While she’s not as overwhelming a betting choice, Ionescu’s Oregon Ducks teammate Satou Sabally is also looking like a lock to be the No. 2 choice in the draft. A long, lengthy forward with a deadly-accurate outside shot, and can also score in the post.
Like the Liberty, the Dallas Wings control three of the 12 first-round WNBA Draft Picks in 2020 and will be delighted to add Sabally to their rebuild. BetOnline pegs her as the -300 odds-on choice to go with the second overall selection.
You’ll get +200 odds if you opt for Baylor’s Lauren Cox. Or you can play the field at odds of +1000.
Pick: Satou Sabally (-300).
Props A Plenty
BetOnline has numerous other props on offer relating to the WNBA Draft picks. Will a third Oregon player sneak into the top five? If so, the odds on that prop for three or more Ducks being selected are +150.
Oregon forward Ruthy Hebard definitely should be a first-rounder but is unlikely to go in the top five. Take the -300 betting line on two Oregon players among the top five picks.
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Speaking of forwards, BetOnline pegs the total on first-round forwards at 7.5. Go with the under at odds of -165. The total on first-round guards is set at 4.5. This time, players the over at -200.
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