Johnny Davis: NBA Draft Odds, Pick Projection, Stats & Highlights

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Wisconsin's Johnny Davis (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Madison, Wis.
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Sep 07, 2022, 8:17 AM

As his teammates and many fans went into a frenzy, Johnny Davis calmly walked toward the free-throw line.

The Wisconsin guard, who has NBA odds to be drafted first overall, had given his team key momentum. A moment prior, the Badgers were up by one point against No. 14-seeded Colgate with about six minutes left in an NCAA Tournament first-round clash.

A shot went up, and Davis watched from the left wing patiently. The ball rattled out of the hoop, bobbled around, and eventually ended up in Davis’ hands.

He rose up for a putback. This time, a make, despite a defender draped on him, which led to a foul.

About two minutes later, Davis slammed down a two-handed dunk in transition. It was a part of a 10-0 run that set Wisconsin up for victory.

It was also an example of Davis’ capabilities, a glimpse into his poise and readiness to play at the next level.

Johnny Davis Draft Odds

Davis is tied for the sixth-best NBA Draft odds to be selected first overall at +25000Jabari Smith of Auburn is first at -155, while Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren is second at +155 and Duke’s Paolo Banchero is third at +1500.

The Orlando Magic have the first overall pick after going 22-60 a year ago. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets pick second and third, respectively.

NamePositionTeam1st Pick Odds (6/22)
Jabari Smith Jr.FAuburn-300
Paolo BancheroFDuke+275
Chet HolmgrenCGonzaga+400
Shaedon SharpeGKentucky+10000
Jaden IveyGPurdue+20000
Keegan MurrayFIowa+25000
AJ GriffinFDuke+25000
Johnny DavisGWisconsin+25000
Jalen DurenCMemphis+25000
Bennedict MathurinGArizona+25000
Ochai AgbajiGKansas+25000
TyTy WashingtonGKentucky+50000
Dyson DanielsGNBA G League Ignite+50000
MarJon BeauchampGNBA G League Ignite+50000
Tari EasonFLSU+50000
Jaden HardyGNBA G League Ignite+50000
Nikola JovicFMega Mozzart (Serbia)+50000
Blake WesleyGNotre Dame+50000

Johnny Davis Draft Pick Projection

Davis is regarded as a potential top-10 pick, so the Washington Wizards should consider him at No. 10 overall.

The Wizards were out of the playoffs at 35-47, 12th in the Eastern Conference. They were 21st in offensive rating, 25th in defensive rating, 23rd in net rating, 19th in rebounding percentage, 18th in effective field goal percentage and 22nd in pace.

Washington needs more than one player to become a title contender. However, if former All-Star Bradley Beal remains, the Wizards will need to provide him help.

Davis could mesh with this roster that also features Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. If Davis excels early, the Wizards could put together a lineup that is taken more seriously.

Johnny Davis Stats

Davis left Wisconsin following his sophomore year with a well-decorated collegiate career.

In 2022, he was the Lute Olson National Player of the Year, which goes to the most outstanding Division I player, and the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year, which honors the best college player at that position. He was also the Big Ten Player of the Year, a consensus first-team All-American and a first-team all-conference pick.

In 31 starts, Davis made 43% of his shots, including 31% from 3-point range, for 19.7 points per game as a sophomore. He added 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as well as 23 blocks and 36 steals for the season. He made 79% of his free throws.

Davis was the Maui Invitational Tournament MVP after totaling 23.7 points and 6.7 rebounds over the three games during the event. In January, he tallied a career-high 37 points and 14 rebounds against No. 3-ranked Purdue.

As a freshman, he averaged seven points per outing in 31 appearances off the bench. He was 44% from the field, 39% from deep, and 73% from the free-throw line. He chipped in 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game and added 18 blocks and 34 steals.

Johnny Davis Draft Profile

Davis was deserving of that recognition. He was dominant at the collegiate level.

Davis’ defense sets him apart. He constantly hustles, which leads to spectacular blocks. He effectively sheds screens as well.

The ability to finish shots through contact, as he did in the NCAA Tournament, is among Davis’ strongest. He converted several and-ones this past season.

Around the paint, Davis is a creative shooter. He can sometimes use shot fakes, spin moves and fadeaways in the same sequence.

Davis is intuitive. He constantly finds locations on cuts and around the perimeter that lead to open shots. He also commonly capitalized on transition chances.

He can also score from deep, including at an NBA range. He can create space for himself and pull up, but he was best as a set shooter.

Davis can be erratic at times. He can be so determined to reach the paint that he can leave himself in awkward situations or force errant shots.

However, Davis will have an opportunity to improve. If he does, he’ll be exciting to watch at the professional level.

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Colton Pool

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.