Poll

Where will the Kings land in the NBA lottery?

Leading Off: Can NBA help Kings win Tuesday's lottery?

Published: Monday, May. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, May. 20, 2013 - 6:11 am

If you believe Oswald was the only triggerman in Dallas in 1963, or you think it's only a myth that UFOs and aliens are being studied somewhere near Roswell, N.M., you also probably believe the NBA lottery has never been rigged.

Yeah, and the tooth fairy visits Seattle Supersonics fans every night.

If there was ever a time to keep your eyes on the lottery, it's this week.

With the Kings winning their high-stakes poker game against Seattle last week, capped by the team being sold to a group led by Vivek Ranadive, the conspiracy theorists will have a field day if outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern announces on Tuesday that Sacramento has won the top pick in the June 27 draft.

Last year, the New Orleans Hornets won the top pick just before Tom Benson purchased the team.

In 2011, the Cavaliers got the No. 1 pick to make up for LeBron James' decision.

In 2008, the Chicago Bulls jumped over eight teams to win the right to draft hometown hero Derrick Rose.

And nobody will ever forget Patrick Ewing going to the New York Knicks at No. 1 in the first lottery in 1985.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) for the Kings, who hold the sixth-best chance in this lottery, there is no consensus No. 1 pick this year.

But it's still worth watching.

What to watch

Baseball, Washington at Giants, 7:15 p.m., CSNBA: Can Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants snap out of their funks?

Today's poll

Where will the Kings land in the NBA lottery?

• First

• Second

• Third

• Fourth

• Fifth

• Sixth or worse

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field.

Weekend poll results

What will happen to struggling Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong?

• He'll regain form: 48%

• He'll go to bullpen: 30%

• He'll be waived: 22%

Total votes: 153

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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