Weekend poll: If the Kings land the top spot in next month's NBA Draft, which player should they pick?

Leading Off: Kings could get help with a top draft pick

Published: Sunday, May. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 - 10:30 pm

If NBA Commissioner David Stern does save the Kings for Sacramento, what's next – the top spot when the lottery balls are drawn May 21 for next month's draft?

As the No. 6 team, the Kings' odds of picking No. 1 are just 6.3 percent, but stranger things have happened (ask any conspiracy theorist about Patrick Ewing and the Knicks or Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers).

Though there's not a consensus No. 1 player this year, selecting in the top five could bring one of these players who could be a valuable addition to the team:

• Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, center, 6-foot-11, 220 pounds – He tops most mock drafts, but he's considered a project – and he plays DeMarcus Cousins' position.

• Ben McLemore, Kansas, shooting guard, 6-4, 195 – He's probably the best scoring guard available, but is he better than Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton?

• Trey Burke, Michigan, point guard, 6-1, 175 – He wowed in the NCAA Tournament, but do the Kings want another undersized lead guard?

• Otto Porter, Georgetown, forward, 6-8, 200 – He averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore. Does Big East Conference success mean NBA success?

• Michael Carter-Williams, point guard Syracuse, 6-5, 175 – He's a pass-first guard who plays defense and would bring size to the position.

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Weekend poll

If the Kings land the top spot in next month's NBA draft, which player should they pick?

• Trey Burke

• Michael Carter-Williams

• Ben McLemore

• Nerlens Noel

• Otto Porter

• Other

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Friday's results

Who is the best football player from this region?

• Lance Briggs: 27%

• Tedy Bruschi: 40%

• Dan Bunz: 9%

• James Campen: 1%

• Gordon King: 2%

• Charles Mann: 8%

• Onterrio Smith: 6%

• Other: 7%

Total votes: 212

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

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