As NBA draft nears, seven picks at No. 7

Published: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

The Kings drew No. 7 in the NBA draft lottery, but will it bring them luck?

Only time will tell, but teams have had mixed results with the pick.

For example, the Kings could have picked Chris Mullin at No. 6 in 1985 but had a more pressing need for a center and went with Joe Kleine. Mullin was picked next by the Warriors and became a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer.

The Kings have had the No. 7 pick five times since moving to Sacramento in 1985, and none of the players selected has become an All-Star.

A closer look at No. 7:

NBA: 7 HITS AT 7

• John Havlicek, F, Celtics, 1962: The ultimate sixth man became a Hall of Famer after playing for the league's greatest dynasty.

• Bernard King, Nets, F, 1977: Powerful and prolific, King became one of the game's great one-on-one scorers in the 1980s.

• Chris Mullin, F, Warriors, 1985: The Kings could have had him at No. 6 instead of Joe Kleine, but other teams passed on Mullin, too.

• Kevin Johnson, Cavaliers, G, 1987: He was stunned to be picked this high, then was delighted to be traded to Phoenix, where he became an All-Star.

• Stephen Curry, Warriors, G, 2009: If you watched the playoffs this season, you know how good he's become.

• Nene Hilario, Knicks, C, 2002: His draft rights were shipped to Denver, where the Brazilian emerged as a solid post player.

• Richard Hamilton, G, Wizards, 1999: He was traded to Detroit and was the leading scorer on the Pistons' 2004 title team.

NBA: 7 MISSES AT 7

• Bob Portman, F, Warriors, 1969: He had a modest career, averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in four seasons for his hometown team.

• Quintin Dailey, G, Bulls, 1982: He had troubles at USF, then more troubles in the NBA. During a game in 1985, he had a ball boy bring him pizza – yes, during the game. He died in his sleep in 2010.

• Roy Tarpley, Mavericks, F, 1986: As gifted as he was troubled, Tarpley was banned by the NBA for repeated drug offenses.

• George McCloud, 1989, F, Pacers: He was released after four unproductive seasons in Indiana, but he played 12 seasons, averaging nine points.

• Lorenzen Wright, C, Clippers, 1996: The journeyman averaged eight points for six teams, including the Kings. He was fatally shot in 2010.

• Chris Mihm, C, Bulls, 2000: Dogged by injuries, the less-than-mighty Mihm averaged just 7.5 points.

• Eddie Griffin, 2001, F, Nets: He was liked by teammates, but his career was derailed by alcohol, and he died in a 2007 car crash.

THE KINGS' 7 AT 7

• Nate Bowman, C, 1965: He never played for the franchise, then in Cincinnati, and he wound up with more personal fouls (557) than baskets (317).

• Steve Johnson, C, 1981: He spent 2 1/2 seasons in Kansas City but played better after leaving the franchise. He led the league in field-goal percentage (63.2) in 1986 with San Antonio.

• Lionel Simmons, F, 1990: Best known for his nickname, "L-Train" was the first of the Kings' four first-round picks in 1990 (Travis Mays, Duane Causwell and Anthony Bonner were the others). He averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in seven seasons for the Kings.

• Walt Williams, F, 1992: The "Wizard," who looked good in high socks, averaged 11.8 points in 11 NBA seasons, 3 1/2 with the Kings.

• Bobby Hurley, G, 1993: After starting the first 19 games as a rookie, he was in a near-fatal car accident. He never fully recovered and averaged just 3.8 points and 3.3 assists in 269 NBA games.

• Jason Williams, G, 1998: Given his background at Florida, Williams was considered a risk, but "White Chocolate" electrified fans and helped ignite a new era. After three seasons with the Kings, he was traded to Memphis for Mike Bibby. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.9 assists for four NBA teams in 12 seasons.

• Bismack Biyombo, C, 2011: The Kings traded him on draft day, along with Beno Udrih, and acquired Jimmer Fredette and John Salmons from Milwaukee in a three-team deal.

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