The 2022-23 NBA season is less than one month away, and double-digit Gonzaga Bulldogs will be in participation as Mark Few’s program continues to be among the best at producing professional talent.
The folks over at BetOnline, in conjunction with the Locked on Podcast Network, began a series ranking the 50 most valuable players in the league, based on how their absence moves their team’s betting lines.
From BetOnline: “The NBA Top 50 list from BetOnline is based on how these players affect their team’s spread and odds in a game if they were out. (Based on neutral court, not assuming who their backup is at the time, and a fully healthy team otherwise)”
Former Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis came in at No. 41 overall, one spot ahead of Jamal Murray and ahead of other NBA stars like Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Scottie Barnes.
Sabonis is about to enter his seventh NBA season and first as a full-time member of the Sacramento Kings after getting traded from Indiana at midseason in a deal for Tyrese Haliburton – who was No. 50 on BetOnline’s list.
Sabonis started 15 games for the Kings down the stretch, averaging 18.9 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists while shooting 58.4% on two pointers and 74.3% from the charity stripe, on roughly five attempts per game.
The two-time All-Star will be a big part of Sacramento’s future plans, and alongside De’Aaron Fox and rookie forward Keegan Murray, this could be a team to watch in the Western Conference.
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