Kings’ odds of keeping first-round choose make better

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 6:10 AM

They'll have the No. eight spot in the NBA draft lottery on May seventeen, increasing the odds they'll hold their first-round choose on June twenty-three. The Kings, Milwaukee and Denver finished the season with 33-49 records, so the NBA used a tiebreaker Friday to define the eighth through tenth spots.

Kings’ odds of keeping first-round choose make better

The Kings received their first bit of excellent news of the offseason.

They'll have the No. eight spot in the NBA draft lottery on May seventeen, increasing the odds they'll hold their first-round choose on June 23.

The Kings, Milwaukee and Denver finished the season with 33-49 records, so the NBA used a tiebreaker Friday to define the eighth through tenth spots. Denver will be No.9 and Milwaukee No.10.

If three teams move ahead of Sacramento to drop it to eleventh in the draft order, Chicago will claim the pick. The Bulls acquired the top-10 protected choose in a deal with Cleveland, which had acquired it and tiny forward Omri Casspi from the Kings for power forward J. J. Hickson in 2011.

But the odds of even one of team emotional ahead of the Kings range from 0.7 % for the No.14 team to 2.7 % for the No.9 team.

Only the top three picks are drawn through the lottery; the rest of the draft order is determined by records.

The Kings also have one second-round pick, fifty-ninth overall. Sacramento acquired the choose from San Antonio when Ray McCallum was traded to the Spurs last summer.

The Kings’ other second-round choose is owed to New Orleans from the three-team trade with Portland and New Orleans in two thousand-thirteenth that brought Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento.

Having a top-10 choose is also something Kings common manager Vlade Divac can pitch as he begins his look for for a new head coach to replace George Karl, who was fired Thursday. The Kings have yet to set up any meetings with candidates but are expected to do so soon. Karl, it's been reported, has shown interest in UNLV’s coaching vacancy.

Minnesota, which also has a vacancy, reportedly has scheduled meetings with Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy.

Thibodeau is someone the Kings are interested in, but isn’t considered a realistic target. MN will be a highly coveted work largely due to its core of youthful talent, which includes latest year’s Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins, and this year’s frontrunner, Karl-Anthony Towns.

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