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Some of the NBA’s best players of all time studied and honed their basketball skills in California. The following are arguably the top college graduates from the Golden State who have gone on to find success in the pro league.
Born in Los Angeles, Kawhi played his high school basketball at Canyon Springs and Martin Luther King before going to study at San Diego State University between 2009 and 2011. During that time, he was named an All-American. However, he decided not to not at college for his last two years, opting instead to join the NBA draft in 2011.
Kawhi was chosen by the Indiana Pacers as the 15th pick but was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he won an NBA Championship in 2015 and was named as the MVP in the Finals. After this, he joined the Toronto Raptors, where he helped them collect their first-ever championship, and again picked up the Finals MVP award.
Forging a reputation as one of the best NBA players of all time, Leonard won titles such as the Defensive Player of the Year as well as earning a place in the league’s 75th Anniversary Team. He moved back to Los Angeles in 2019 when decided to sign for the Clippers as a free agent.
The Clippers had an underwhelming regular season and according to the odds on Bovada website, Kawhi obviously is not among the favorites to become the MVP this year with his injured status.
Although he was born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York rather than California, Kareem went to college at UCLA and is fondly remembered as possibly the finest Bruin ever. He was already over 7-foot tall when he joined the college team and was put straight into the freshman team in his first year.
Playing under his original name of Lew Alcindor, the player made an immediate impact by helping the freshman team beat the UCLA varsity squad for the first time in history. He picked up 31 points and 21 rebounds in that memorable victory. The freshman team went on to rack up a 21-0 record as it blew away the opponents.
Kareem’s first varsity game saw him labeled a superstar after he scored 56 points against USC to break the UCLA record for a single game. He then scored an average of 29 points as they set a 30-0 record on the way to a national championship. He was so good in the college scene that the dunk was banned to try and stop him from scoring so much.
His long career has given him some outstanding records, both in college basketball and in the NBA. His most productive spell came with the LA Lakers, where Kareem won five NBA championships. He is still the league’s all-time leading scorer and also leads the way in terms of total career wins.
Born in La Mesa and a graduate of Helix High School, Walton followed Alcindor to UCLA, where he played between 1971 and 1974. Regarded as one of the best centers to play college basketball, he was part of coach John Wooden’s remarkable winning spell where the Bruins were virtually unstoppable.
Bill won three national college player of the year awards in a row and won the NCAA championship in 1972 and 1973 as the team put together an 88-game winning streak that ran until a loss to Notre Dame in 1974. He is thought of as one of the best college players of all time, with a string of awards and records added to the fact that UCLA retired his number 32.
Walton joined the Portland Trail Blazers as the first pick in the 1974 draft and had an amazing NBA career with them and the Boston Celtics. He also had a spell with the Clippers, who were known as the San Diego Clippers in those days. However, injuries stopped Walton from being as influential there as he should have been.
One of the best players to turn out for the University of San Francisco, Bill Cartwright was born in Lodi and went to Elk Grove High School before joining the San Francisco Dons. He helped them to become the nation’s top college team for a spell with an 80% winning record, and it’s worth remembering that this was one of the tallest college basketball teams in the history of the sport.
Bill picked up a couple of conference titles and four appearances in post-season games. He also still retains the record for all-time scoring and field goals for the college. The Dons built an outstanding team around him, and Cartwright responded with an average of 19.1 points.
The former Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year for 1974 and 1975 joined the New York Knicks as third pick in the 1979 draft but injuries limited his impact there. After signing with the Chicago Bulls and joining superstar Michael Jordan, the center helped them win three consecutive championships and go down in history as another of the best college graduates to come out of California and join the NBA.
Centennial of Corona gains this spot on this all-time list that goes back more than 100 years for the second straight year. Of course, this time it’s after the Huskies essentially won it on the court in Sacramento.
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(Managing editor Ronnie Flores contributed to this article)
Comparisons to the last great public school team to win the CIF Open Division state championship are inevitable but it may be more important just to look at the accomplishments of the 2021-22 Corona Centennial basketball team going 33-1 and finishing as State Team of the Year for a second straight season standing in its own limelight.
The Huskies capped their run atop the state with last Saturday’s 59-50 win over Modesto Christian to win their first CIF Open Division state title. They are now officially the State Team of the Year, which before the era of the Open Division did not always go to the winner of the CIF’s highest division.
Going back to back on top of the state is not unusual and comes on the heels of Sierra Canyon doing it three times in a row for 2018 to 2020. But it’s worth noting that as a public school doing it, the Huskies join an elite group that includes Los Angeles Westchester for 2009-10 and Lakewood Artesia for 2006-07 (with James Harden).
Centennial did not gain its first of the two State Team of the Year selections after winning a CIF regional or state crown, but the Huskies did win the CIF Southern Section Open Division title. They skipped the 2021 SoCal regional playoffs in favor of participating in an event in front of hundreds of college coaches.
“After we beat Sierra Canyon last year, we weren’t going to regionals because there was no state or NorCal playoffs,” said head coach Josh Giles during last Saturday’s press conference. “I thought it was important for my guys to go to Section 7 because it was in their best interests. I thought we had a good enough team to win the CIF state open, but I did not think we’d be 33-1. It would be hard to ever have a team as good as this one, chemistry-wise.”
That last great public school team to be State Team of the Year may be difficult for any teams public or private to be compared to for a long, long time. That would be Chino Hills (35-0) for 2016. That team not only was No. 1 in California but also was No. 1 for the nation. Those Huskies also already have the distinction of having three future NBA top six draft picks as starters. Sure, two of them were freshmen at the time, but Lonzo Ball was a senior. Freshmen Onyeka Okongwu & La’Melo Ball were the ninth graders.
“It’s an amazing honor,” Giles texted on Monday of joining the all-time state list. “I’m just so happy for this group of guys. They work harder than anyone and their commitment to playing the game the right way was just amazing to be around.”
Centennial will be losing senior starters Donovan Dent and Ramsey Huff next season, but returns juniors Jared McCain and Aaron McBride plus sophomore Devin Williams.
“I couldn’t be happier from Ramsey and Donnie,” Giles said in his text. “The way that Donnie finished the state championship game was so fitting. He did what winners do: he was at his best when his best was needed.”
Cal-Hi Sports Boys Basketball
State Teams of the Year All-Time List
2022 – Corona Centennial (33-1)
2021 – Corona Centennial (21-2)
2020 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (30-4)
2019 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (32-3)
2018 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (27-4)
2017 – Torrance Bishop Montgomery (31-2)
2016 – Chino Hills (35-0)
2015 – Oakland Bishop O’Dowd (28-4)
2014 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (35-0)
2013 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-2)
2012 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-2)
2011 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (32-3)
2010 – Los Angeles Westchester (32-3)
2009 – Los Angeles Westchester (35-2)
2008 – Oakland McClymonds (32-0)
2007 – Lakewood Artesia (33-2)
2006 – Lakewood Artesia (32-1)
2005 – Los Angeles Westchester (25-3)
2004 – Los Angeles Westchester (23-2)
2003 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-2)
2002 – Los Angeles Westchester (32-2)
2001 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (33-2)
2000 – Compton Dominguez (35-2)
1999 – Compton Dominguez (32-3)
1998 – Los Angeles Westchester (29-3)
1997 – North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake (35-1)
1996 – Compton Dominguez (34-2)
1995 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (36-1)
1994 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (29-2)
1993 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (26-2)
1992 – Alameda St. Joseph (32-3)
1991 – Alameda St. Joseph (31-3)
1990 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-1)
1989 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (25-2)
1988 – Los Angeles Manual Arts (27-3)
1987 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (31-1)
1986 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (25-2)
1985 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (24-0)
1984 – Long Beach Poly (31-2)
1983 – Los Angeles Crenshaw (27-2)
1982 – Carson (26-2)
1981 – Long Beach Poly (26-2)
1980 – Inglewood (29-0)
1979 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (28-1)
1978 – Pasadena (26-2)
1977 – Oakland Fremont (25-1)
1976 – Long Beach Poly (30-1)
1975 – Elk Grove (27-5)
1974 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (30-2)
1973 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (29-2)
1972 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (30-1)
1971 – Los Angeles Verbum Dei (29-2)
1970 – Berkeley (32-0)
1969 – Compton (30-0)
1968 – Compton (32-0)
1967 – Los Angeles Fremont (16-2)
1966 – Los Angeles Jordan (18-0)
1965 – Long Beach Poly (29-3)
1964 – Long Beach Poly (32-1)
1963 – Oakland McClymonds (19-3)
1962 – Oakland McClymonds (23-0)
1961 – Compton (28-3)
1960 – Oakland McClymonds (22-0)
1959 – Oakland McClymonds (22-0)
1958 – Oakland McClymonds (21-0)
1957 – San Francisco Poly (28-1)
1956 – El Cerrito (31-1)
1955 – Alhambra (27-2)
1954 – San Francisco St. Ignatius (26-2)
1953 – Los Angeles Loyola (34-2)
1952 – Compton (32-0)
1951 – Los Angeles Jefferson (27-0)
1950 – Chico (15-3)
1949 – Los Angeles Washington (21-0)
1948 – San Francisco Lincoln (29-2)
1947 – Los Angeles Mt. Carmel (34-2)
1946 – Stockton (20-2)
1945 – San Diego Hoover (16-1)
1944 – Alameda (15-1)
1943 – San Francisco St. Ignatius (14-0)
1942 – Palo Alto (18-0)
1941 – Glendale Hoover (21-1)
1940 – Long Beach Poly (22-2)
1939 – San Francisco Lowell (17-3)
1938 – Whittier (24-3)
1937 – San Francisco Lowell (17-3)
1936 – San Diego (14-1)
1935 – Santa Barbara (14-1)
1934 – Santa Barbara (16-1)
1933 – Stockton (16-2)
1932 – San Francisco Lowell (18-3)
1931 – Whittier (25-1)
1930 – Palo Alto (13-0)
Note: List continues back to 1903 in Cal-Hi Sports Record Book & Almanac. All selections prior to 1975 made retroactively based on research by our founder, the late Nelson Tennis.
It’s an obvious situation to list our annual State Team of the Year in girls hoops as the same as the CIF Open Division state champion. After COVID wiped out the 2020 and 2021 championships, however, this year’s honoree, Sierra Canyon, also represents a return to normalcy. The Trailblazers also just happen to be same team that won it 2019.
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(Associate editor Harold Abend contributed to this article)
With the great Juju Watkins making play after play and the rest of her Sierra Canyon teammates making an insane number of their shots, the team’s dominating 85-61 win last Saturday over Archbishop Mitty of San Jose in the CIF Open Division state championship has been followed up today with the official rubber-stamp announcement of the Trailblazers as the Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year.
The last time that the State Team of the Year was a rubber-stamp of the Open Division state final was in 2019 due to the pandemic wiping out the 2020 and 2021 CIF state finals. That was Sierra Canyon as well for 2019, but it was taken the last two years by the two CIF SoCal open champs from La Jolla Country Day and Corona Centennial. The Open Division also has only been around since 2013 so before that it was very possible that the State Team of the Year could come from below the CIF Division I champion.
“It’s an honor to see Sierra Canyon’s name listed twice in the last four years,” head coach Alicia Komaki said on Sunday night in a text. “This team battled through the most challenging gauntlet of talented, nationally ranked opponents to win this championship. I can’t think of a tougher journey in the last decade. We are honored to recognized for our special season and it’s the perfect culmination for us.”
Since 2010, the only other school to be State Team of the Year more than once in girls hoops is Mater Dei of Santa Ana when the Monarchs topped the charts from 2010 to 2012. Komaki was an assistant coach there at the time before moving to the Sierra Canyon top spot 10 years ago. She has frequently credited her years working with still current MD head coach Kevin Kiernan for helping her become so successful with the Trailblazers. Kiernan is the winningest girls coach in state history.
That challenging gauntlet that Komaki referred to primarily is the two teams that the Trailblazers had to beat in avenging loss scenarios to reach the CIF Open finals — first La Jolla Country Day (25-3*) and then Etiwanda (29-1). And like Sierra Canyon, both of those teams have their main star players returning in 2022-23. If one of those teams works harder than the others this off-season and gets just a tiny bit better, then that’s the team that likely will be the one added to this all-time state list one year from now.
Cal-Hi Sports Girls Basketball
State Teams of the Year All-Time List
2022 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (30-2)
2021 – Corona Centennial (25-1)
2020 – La Jolla Country Day (32-1)
2019 – Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (33-1)
2018 – Los Angeles Windward (27-3)
2017 – Fresno Clovis West (34-2)
2016 – West Hills Chaminade (31-4)
2015 – Stockton St. Mary’s (34-1)
2014 – Long Beach Poly (27-3)
2013 – Oakland Bishop O’Dowd (30-3)
2012 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-3)
2011 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (34-1)
2010 – Santa Ana Mater Dei (32-1)
2009 – Brea Olinda Brea (33-2)
2008 – S.F. Sacred Heart Cathedral (33-0)
2007 – Long Beach Poly (36-1)
2006 – Fullerton Troy (33-1)
2005 – Piedmont (32-2)
2004 – Piedmont (33-2)
2003 – Lynwood (32-1)
2002 – Lynwood (32-0)
2001 – Harbor City Narbonne (28-3)
2000 – Harbor City Narbonne (34-0)
1999 – San Jose Archbishop Mitty (31-0)
1998 – Harbor City Narbonne (32-1)*
1997 – Berkeley (29-3)
1996 – Irvine Woodbridge (32-2)
1995 – Irvine Woodbridge (33-1)
1994 – Brea Olinda Brea (33-0)
1993 – Lynwood (31-0)
1992 – RH Estates Peninsula (33-0)
1991 – Berkeley (30-2)
1990 – Inglewood Morningside (32-3)
1989 – Inglewood Morningside (33-1)
1988 – Fremont Oakland (28-0)**
1987 – San Diego Point Loma (34-0)
1986 – San Diego Point Loma (31-1)
1985 – Compton (26-0)
1984 – Ventura Buena (31-0)
1983 – Ventura Buena (28-4)
1982 – Riverside Poly (34-0)
1981 – Riverside Poly (29-0)
1980 – Berkeley (29-0)
1979 – Woodland Hills El Camino Real (19-0)
1978 – Huntington Beach (25-2)
1977 – Los Angeles (16-0)
1976 – Ventura (23-0)
1975 – Chula Vista Hilltop (18-0)
1974 – Berkeley (19-1)
1973 – Fresno San Joaquin Memorial (12-0)
1972 – Ventura Buena (8-0)
*Forfeit losses not included. CIF Division I state title vacated due to residency issues.
**Eleven wins forfeited due to use of ineligible player.
The creation today of the State Champions Invitational, a boys and girls basketball tournament for selected championship teams, was announced by Skokie, Ill.-based Paragon Marketing Group. The inaugural event will take place April 7-9 in Florida. The event is a spin-off of GEICO Nationals, an end-of-season hoops tournament which combined both eligible state champions and highly-ranked independent programs (See full story from Ballislife.com HERE).
Congratulations to the following players listed in alphabetical order who have been selected to either first team, second team or third team on the 2021 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior Football Teams for the fall season. These players and their families can now order an official all-state football patch plus you’ll get a certificate through our partners at BillyTees.com. We also wanted to post the names on a list so we’re not collecting a subscription from a parent who is only interested in seeing if their son has been picked and then finds out the son wasn’t picked.
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Caleb Alvary (Simi Valley)
Daylen Austin (Long Beach Poly)
Tiger Bachmeier (Murrieta Valley)
Luke Baklenko (Oaks Christian)
Curron Borders (Antelope)
Cameron Brandt (Sierra Canyon)
Mathias Brown (Sunny Hills)
Deven Bryant (St. John Bosco)
Grant Buckey (Liberty, Bakersfield)
Pierce Clarkson (St. John Bosco
Imari Conley (Central, Fresno)
Lucas Conti (Centennial, Corona)
Maliki Crawford (Pacifica, Oxnard)
D’Angelo Davis (Serra, Gardena)
Jurion Dickey (Valley Christian, SJ)
Tashi Dorje (Liberty, Brentwood)
Tre Edwards (Mater Dei Catholic)
Wesley Ekpo (Muir)
Cooper Flanagan (De La Salle)
Aidan Flintoff (Oaks Christian)
Rico Flores Jr. (Folsom)
Major Givens (Steele Canyon)
Vaka Hansen (Servite)
Derek Houston (Rocklin)
Nicholas Iamaleava (Warren, Downey)
Victory Johnson (Cathedral Catholic)
B.J. Jones (St. John Bosco)
Jax Leatherwood (Scripps Ranch)
Makai Lemon (Los Alamitos)
Jalen Lewis (Oaks Christian)
Walker Lyons (Folsom)
Mikey Matthews (Mission Viejo)
DeAndre Moore (Los Alamitos)
Sean Na’a (Westlake)
Malachi Nelson (Los Alamitos)
Blake Nichelson (Manteca)
Jaedon Moore (Central Valley Chr.)
Wyatt Mosier (Yorba Linda)
Simione Pale (Elk Grove)
Christian Pierce (Rancho Cucamonga)
Raymond Pulido (Apple Valley)
Brandon Ramirez (San Joaquin Memorial)
Jaden Rashada (Pittsburg)
Dustin Reynolds (Apple Valley)
Rodrick Robinson (Lincoln, SD)
Jonah Rodriguez (Madison)
Tybo Rogers (Bakersfield)
Tyson Ruffins (Long Beach Poly)
Ashton Sanders (Cathedral, L.A.)
Kadin Semonza (Mission Viejo)
Jordan Shaw (St. Pius X-St. Matthias)
Chris Snyder (Mater Dei Catholic)
Leviticus Su’a (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Derek Thompson (De La Salle)
B.J. Tolo (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Greg Tripathi (Dos Pueblos)
Matayo Uigalelei (St. John Bosco)
Aitor Urionbarrenechea (Alemany)
Aaron Williams (Centennial, Corona)
Rashid Williams (Pittsburg)
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Santino Acevedo (Cardinal Newman)
Nick Afato (Yuba City)
Daniel Andrade (Bonita)
Garrett Bass-Sulpizo (LJ Country Day)
Dane Benedix (Capistrano Valley)
Robin Boyd (Pittsburg)
Colin Bray (Placer)
Beau Bruins (Ramona, Riverside)
Israel Carter (Centennial, Corona)
Hector Ceballos (Franklin, LA)
Adrien Chargualaf (Steele Canyon)
Isaiah Chisom (Chaminade)
Kanye Clark (Capital Christian)
Samuel Cooper (University City)
Darius Cowens (Pacifica, GG)
Connor Dasmann (Oak Ridge)
Ty Dieffenbach (Agoura)
Trey Dimes (Vanden)
Luke Duncan (Miramonte)
Matthew Erhardt (Oaks Christian)
Chris Fewell (Lincoln, SD)
Aidan Flynn (Salinas)
Roman Foumai (Central Catholic)
Delano Franklin (Bishop Amat)
Qu’Ron Gossett (Bishop Diego)
Grant Gray (Norco)
Charles Greer (De La Salle)
Dylan Hampsten (Saugus)
Sean Haney (St. John Bosco)
Jalen Hankins (Liberty, Bak.)
Damian Henderson (Jordan, LB)
Carlos Hernandez (Monrovia)
Kai Honda (Serra, Gardena)
Darren Hughes (Adelanto)
Jack Jacobs (St. Francis, LC)
Brandon Johnson (Highland, Palmdale)
Corey Johnson (Bishop Amat)
Trey Kukuk (Capistrano Valley)
Ty Lee (St. John Bosco)
Jayden Mandal (Buchanan)
Robbie Mascheroni (Campolindo)
Jeremiah McClure (Mater Dei Catholic)
Journey McCoy (De La Salle)
Gabe Morin (Lutheran, Orange)
Matthew Morrell (Cypress)
Devin Munoz (St. Paul)
Cade Musser (Chino Hills)
Dominic Nankil (Mater Dei Catholic)
Orion Null (Vanden)
Bryce Parker (Santiago, Corona)
Israel Polk (Pittsburg)
Jaxon Potter (Santa Margarita)
Jack Raney (Bellarmine)
David Rasor (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach)
Devon Rivers (Heritage, Brentwood)
Jeremiah Ruffin (Heritage, Brentwood)
Devin Samples (Long Beach Poly)
Ryan Silver (Serra, San Mateo)
Elijah Smiley-Flores (M.L. King)
E.J. Smith (Warren)
Izaiah Souriolle (Chaparral, Temecula)
Ryan Staub (West Ranch, Valencia)
Jack Susnjar (Loyola, Los Angeles)
Derek Taylor (Hilmar)
Delon Thompson (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
Chad Tofaeono (De La Salle)
Jake Tremain (Folsom)
Blake Wilson (Santa Margarita)
Slade Wilson (Folsom)
Congratulations to the following players listed in alphabetical order who have been selected to either first team or second team on the 2021 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore Football Teams for the fall season. These players and their families can now order an official all-state football patch plus you’ll get a certificate through our partners at BillyTees.com. We also wanted to post the names on a list so we’re not collecting a subscription from a parent who is only interested in seeing if their son has been picked and then finds out the son wasn’t picked.
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Marley Alapati (De La Salle, Concord)
Jordan Anderson (Warren, Downey)
Brandon Baker (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Ratumna Bulabalavu (Army-Navy, Carlsbad)
Joseph Bey (Serra, San Mateo)
Kobe Boykin (Orange)
Ajon Bryant (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Elijah Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Samuel Brown (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista)
Zabien Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Isiaih Buxton (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista)
Asante Carter (St. Mary’s, Stockton)
DeAndre Carter (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Michael Cherry (Rosemont, Sacramento)
David Clifford (Poway)
Christopher Cooper (Beaumont)
Kodi Cornelius (Casa Grande, Petaluma)
Jonah Dawson (Rancho Cucamonga)
Reid Farrell (Valencia)
Dakoda Fields (Serra, Gardena)
Dylan Fingersh (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo)
Travis Ford (Helix, La Mesa)
Marquis Gallegos (Chaminade, West Hills)
Devin Green (Sheldon, Sacramento)
Chance Harrison (Rio Mesa, Oxnard)
Benny Hatch (Sacred Heart Cathedral, S.F.)
Javonnie Haymon (Edison, Stockton)
J.T. Houston (Warren, Downey)
Dylan Johnson (Bakersfield Christian)
Josh Joyner (Pacifica, Garden Grove)
Jabari Mann (Serra, San Mateo)
Junior Mayo (Valley Christian, San Jose)
Tyler Nofts (Estancia, Costa Mesa)
Phillip Ocon (St. Francis, La Canada)
Viliami Ohai (Mt. Eden, Hayward)
Tyler Patrick (Clovis West, Fresno)
Ryan Pellum (Millikan, Long Beach)
David Perez (Downey)
Andrew Poyer (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta)
Cincere Rhaney (Serra, Gardena)
Lamar Radcliffe (Sacramento)
Jason Robinson (Long Beach Poly)
Jordan Ross (Pacifica, Garden Grove)
Marshel Sanders (Clovis West, Fresno)
Ryon Sayeri (Chaminade, West Hills)
Julian Sayin (Carlsbad)
Jackson Sievers (Capistrano Valley)
Jeremiah Singleton (Stagg, Stockton)
Tye Smith (Loyola, L.A.)
Tanu Sosa (Serra, Gardena)
James Tivao (Madison, San Diego)
Zac Torres (Roosevelt, Eastvale)
Herschel Turner (Freedom, Oakley)
Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
Charles Williams (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
Marcelles Williams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Tanner Williams (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
Bryan Wilson (Ayala, Chino Hills)
Peyton Woodyard (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
The MLB World Series is the most popular postseason playoff championship in the United States and Canada, attracting huge betting actions. Here’s what to look for as the 2022 season (pending labor issues) begins to take shape.
The 2021 edition of the MLB World Series wrapped up in November, with the Atlanta Braves winning the championship for the first time since 1995. The team defeated the Houston Astros in six games. Soon after the end of the 2021 World Series, bookies have started to post odds for the 2022 edition of the series that will open on 31st March. The odds will change daily depending on the most recent events.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expired on December 1st of 2021, and the odds did not move significantly since then. For the uninitiated, the CBA is an agreement between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball that arranges employment conditions. In this article, we will discuss which teams will open as the 2022 MLB World Series favorites. Should you choose to place moneyline bets, be advised to check this moneyline bets in MLB explained guide.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are the favorites to win the 2022 MLB World Series. They were the favorites in the 2021 edition of the championship as well. However, the Atlanta Braves eliminated the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. In November last year, media agencies reported that the Dodgers lost two of their best players, Corey Seager and Max Scherzer, to free agency.
But even without Seager and Scherzer, the Dodgers remain one of the teams with the best rotations in baseball. Furthermore, Andrew Heaney and Daniel Hudson are the most recent additions to the Dodgers. That is why sportsbooks have the Dodgers first on the board at +600.
The Astros are the team that comes second on the board at +950. In the 2021 MLB World Series, the Braves defeated the Astros in Game 6. But the Astros have good chances of winning the 2022 MLB World Series. Talented players Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Kyle Tucker are expected to return to the Astros.
Shortstop Carlos Correa is said to migrate from the Astros to another baseball team in free agency. But in November 2021, the longtime ace pitcher Justin Verlander signed with the Astros. If the team manages to keep Correa for the 2022 season, the Astros have a good shot to win the MLB World Series title.
New York Yankees
With a 6-2 win, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Yankees in the Wild Card Game last season. But bookmakers believe that the team has good chances to win the 2022 MLB World Series, placing them third on the board at +1,000.
Although it became clear that the Yankees will miss out on Los Angeles Dodgers free agent Corey Seager, the team still has players such as Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge and Gio Stanton (all from California). Since December last year, there have been rumors that the team will add either Trevor Story or Carlos Correa to its lineup but nothing major had happened before the lockout.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are fourth on the board at +1,200. In the 2021 MLB playoffs, the White Sox lost to the Astros in the ALDS. But the baseball team has a fearsome lineup. Furthermore, it features a brilliant rotation led by Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Dylan Cease. If Michael Kopech replaces Carlos Rodon, who suffered several injuries, the team will further improve its chance of winning the championship. Last year, relief pitcher Kendall Graveman joined the White Sox and was a beast.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays could not secure the title in the 2021 MLB World Series, but the betting odds (+1,300) show it is a fearsome title contender. The betting lines moved from +1,800 to +1,300 after the team penned a five-year contract with former San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Kevin Gausman. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays also had to say goodbye to Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien, who joined other teams. However, the Toronto lineup is full of hard-hitting young players, and that is why the team is fifth on the sportsbooks’ boards.