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Kings Lottery History

Take a closer look at Sacramento’s Lottery past and its chances of landing the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.
by Jason Wise
Director, Digital

The Kings hold a 15.02 percent chance of moving into the top three – including a 4.30 percent chance at the No. 1 overall selection – in today’s NBA Draft Lottery, which will be broadcast live beginning at 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN.

Sacramento, however, has captured the top-overall selection just once in its 18 opportunities.

Since arriving in Sacramento in 1985, the Kings have selected in the top three on two occasions, picking Pervis Ellison with the first pick in 1989, and in 1991, choosing Syracuse small forward Billy Owens third overall.

While Ellison only played one season in Sacramento, the Kings later received major contributions from another member of the 1989 Draft Class in center Vlade Divac, who was selected 26th overall by the L.A. Lakers. Owens, meanwhile, was traded to the Golden State Warriors for Mitch Richmond, who, along with making six All-Star appearances, was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame this spring.

Along with capturing the top pick in 1989, it was also the only summer in which the team moved up in the Draft Lottery. In all, Sacramento has maintained its Draft position eight times, while it has dropped one spot four times and two spots three times. Additionally, the Kings have twice fallen the maximum three spots.

The place in which the Kings have traditionally landed – a total of six times – is the No. 7 pick, including last year, when the team selected Kansas standout Ben McLemore. The Kings have only picked at two other spots more than once – twice choosing fifth and sixth, respectively. In this year’s Lottery, the Kings have a 59.96 percent chance at the ever-familiar No. 7 pick.

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