Poll

Weekend poll: Who is the Kings' biggest lottery-pick bust?

Leading Off: Kings haven't gotten rich in lottery

Published: Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 14, 2013 - 9:30 am

The Kings will be in the NBA lottery for the 18th time in their 28 seasons in Sacramento – assuming the team's still here next month.

While they have had some successful lottery picks – Jason Williams (No. 7, 1998), DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5, 2010), Brian Grant (No. 8, 1994) and Billy Owens (No. 3, 1991, which turned into Mitch Richmond) come to mind – more often than not the Kings have come up short.

Here's our list of the Kings' five worst lottery picks, in chronological order:

Joe Kleine, No. 6, 1985: The Kings' first pick after they moved to Sacramento never lived up to expectations in three-plus seasons and was traded to Boston in 1989. He played for five other teams in 15 NBA seasons.

Pervis Ellison, No. 1, 1989: He reportedly never came to Sacramento for a predraft workout, but vice president Bill Russell loved him. Ellison played just 34 games for the Kings, averaging 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Bobby Hurley, No. 7, 1993: Though it's not entirely his fault – he was never the same after the auto accident in his rookie season – he failed to live up to his stellar years at Duke.

Spencer Hawes, No. 10, 2007: In the best of his three seasons in Sacramento, he averaged 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 29.3 minutes, but he and coach Paul Westphal didn't see eye-to-eye.

Thomas Robinson, No. 5, 2012: When was the last time a No. 5 pick was traded during his rookie season? We can't think of another one either.

Weekend poll

Who is the Kings' biggest lottery-pick bust?

• Joe Kleine

• Pervis Ellison

• Bobby Hurley

• Spencer Hawes

• Thomas Robinson

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Friday's results

For what is Chris Webber most remembered?

• The Fab Five: 18%

• The timeout: 38%

• Rookie of the Year: 0%

• Kings All-Star: 41%

• Comeback struggles: 3%

Total votes: 258

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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