Leading Off: Lottery picks haven’t been lucky for Kings

Published: Monday, May. 26, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Kings have been unlucky in lottery

Maybe it’s a sign of luck – or maybe it’s a signal.

The Kings, who have the eighth pick in next month’s NBA draft, will select a lottery player for the eighth consecutive year – after missing the playoffs for the eighth straight season.

In Chinese culture, eight is considered the luckiest number. At the Beijing Summer Olympics, the Opening Ceremoy was held in the eighth year of the century in the eighth month, on the eighth day at 8:08 p.m.

But this isn’t China; it’s Sacramento, where the Kings have had about as much luck in the NBA lottery as a cat lost in a dog pound.

Of the Kings’ seven previous lottery picks, only three – DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and Ben McLemore – are still with the team, and only Cousins has cashed in as a lottery player.

Spencer Hawes in 2007? He’s in Cleveland.

Tyreke Evans, the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year? He couldn’t find his shot at shooting guard, so the Kings traded him to New Orleans.

As popular as Jimmer Fredette was – he was picked 10th overall in 2011 by the Milwaukee Bucks for the Kings in a trade – his contract was bought out last season.

Thomas Robinson – remember him? – was drafted fifth in 2012 and traded in February to the Houston Rockets. He’s now with Portland.

McLemore, the seventh pick out of Kansas in 2013, displayed more athletic ability than basketball skills as a rookie.

With little luck drafting and developing lottery picks, maybe the Kings should trade the eighth selection for an NBA veteran.

– Victor Contreras


Today’s poll

Should the Kings trade their No. 8 pick in next month’s NBA draft ?

• Yes

• No

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

How many games should Kings coach Michael Malone win next season to keep his job?

•  At least 28: 4%

•  29-34: 17%

•  35-40: 46%

•  41-46: 24%

•  47 or more: 9%

Total votes: 268

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