By Mark Strotman | | 3 mins
Bennedict Mathurin NBA Draft Odds: March Madness Showcase
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Though the elites in the 2022 NBA Draft class are primarily big men, don’t overlook the scoring punch that some of the wings will bring. One of our favorites is Arizona wing Bennedict Mathurin, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooter with outstanding athleticism on both ends of the floor.
The sophomore from Montreal has shot nearly 39% from deep over his two seasons with the Wildcats, and his explosiveness at the rim makes him a prospect that should be able to score at all three levels.
With good length on the perimeter, he projects well as a defender and should be ready for an NBA rotation sooner than later. He’s limited as a creator, but that shouldn’t deter teams from taking a long look at a potential 3-and-D stud in the top 10.
This page will be updated between March and the NBA draft to reflect the shifting liklihood of Mathurin's landing spot.
Bennedict Mathurin NBA Draft Odds
|Portland Trail Blazers||+400|
|New York Knicks||+500|
|San Antonio Spurs||+700|
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Plenty of Value on the Board
The Blazers will be high on all these NBA futures odds lists because of the likelihood that they’ll have two top-10 picks. But with Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, and Josh Hart coming back next year, it’s likely they invest in the frontcourt with their picks. That creates value on the board, specifically in New York and Memphis.
The Knicks are desperate for guard help, and they’re making a more concerted effort to shoot threes, ranking ninth in the NBA in makes per game as of this writing. RJ Barrett is a budding star, and New York could go back to drafting wings after selecting bigs Obi Toppin and Jericho Sims in back-to-back classes.
For Memphis, it has got its point guard (Ja Morant), small forward (Desmond Bane), and power forward (Jaren Jackson) locked in but could add to its off-ball guard rotation with a player like Mathurin.
The Spurs have invested heavily in their guards the last few seasons, but the Kings and Wizards could both consider upgrading their backcourts after making their own frontcourt investments.
The field also makes sense here from an NBA betting perspective, considering Mathurin isn’t exceptional in any one area and certainly could slide down the board, potentially toward the end of the Lottery. We don’t see him making a jump into the top-5, but there’s still plenty of time for teams to fall in love with his skill set, especially with the heightened importance teams are placing on 3-and-D talent.
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