For the first time in ages, the Charlotte Hornets are favored to win something. Betting odds were released for the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League, and the Hornets are tied for the second highest odds to win the tournament:
The odds aren’t surprising — Charlotte’s potential starting five of Devante’ Graham, Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, and Willy Hernangomez has a nice combination of talent and NBA experience. 55th overall pick Arnoldas Kulboka will also participate. And given that the team has already stated the on the roster players will play a lot of minutes, it’s safe to assume they are going for a title run.
Sacramento will have De’Aaron Fox, Harry Giles, and Marvin Bagely III, who posterized Moe Wagner earlier this week.
Phoenix, meanwhile, has top overall pick Deandre Ayton, along with Mikal Bridges and Dragan Bender.
While Summer League Champion doesn’t correlate to NBA Champion, it’s hard not to get excited about watching Charlotte’s young players go for it. This is the first time in years the Hornets will be playing in Vegas. It’s a different kind of setting from the practice gym of the Orlando Magic. Crowds will be cheering them on, and the tournament adds a competitive edge to the games.
The Hornets will kick off Summer League tomorrow afternoon, where they will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 5:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPNU.