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NBA draft propositions include over/under on Lonzo Ball sneakers

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Lavar Ball, father of NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball, congratulates his son after a game at UCLA. (Associated Press photo).

Lavar Ball, father of NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball, congratulates his son after a game at UCLA. (Associated Press photo).

Oddsmakers and mock draft makers are in lockstep on which one-and-done talent will go first in the NBA draft.

Sportsbettingdime.com set odds to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft as: Markelle Fultz (Washington): 1/5, Lonzo Ball (UCLA): 7/1 and the field 19/1.

Shocking that a wager on the field would pay 19/1. That means that if KU’s Josh Jackson, Duke’s Jayson Tatum or either of Kentucky’s vastly different but equally intriguing guards De’Aaron Fox or Malik Monk were to go No. 1 it would pay 19/1.

I’d be tempted to take what’s defined as the field here against Fultz straight-up.

The website also released an over/under draft position for the six one-and-done prospects: Fultz: 1.5, Ball 2, Jackson 3.5, Tatum 4, Fox 4.5, Monk 5.5. Jackson, Fox and Monk are the smartest plays there, although Fultz at 1.5 isn’t bad since most believe he’ll be the first selection. The funniest proposition the board is the over/under for the number of Big Baller Brand Z02s sold before the start of the NBA draft: 950.5.

Those are the basketball shoes being marketed by Lavar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball.

If that seems high for a shoe that ranges from $495 to $695 for the Z02: PRIME and anywhere from $995 to $1,195 for Z02: WET - ‘THE AUTOGRAPH,’ keep in mind that they could become collector’s items for the filthy rich who might view them as investments that will appreciate because fewer than 1,000 pairs of shoes will be in circulation.

Sometimes the super rich like to scream, “I’m rich,” without using those words. What better way than to show friends a pair of the most expensive sneakers in history, better yet shoes talked about on SportsCenter.

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