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Can the Kings win the top pick in the NBA draft lottery? Here's what you need to know

For the 12th consecutive year, the Kings are taking part in the NBA draft lottery. Not including trades, the lottery is for teams which failed to reach the postseason.

Unfortunately for Sacramento, the team currently has the longest streak of missing the playoffs. That was held by the Timberwolves, but Minnesota got in for the first time since 2004 with a final-day victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Here's what you need to know about today's lottery, which will be televised at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN:

Where do the Kings stand before the draw?

Sacramento is slated in the seventh spot after losing a tiebreaker with the Chicago Bulls. Both teams went 27-55 in 2017-18. If the draw goes according to plan, the Kings will pick seventh for the seventh time since moving to Sacramento in 1985.

What are the odds of the Kings getting the No. 1 pick?

The Kings have a 5.3 percent chance at getting the top pick, and an 18.25 chance of moving into the top three.

Which team has the best odds for landing the top pick?

That would be the Phoenix Suns, who finished a league-worst 21-61. They have a 25 percent chance of landing the No. 1 selection.

Who are the top prospects?

DeAndre Ayton, a 7-1 center who played at Arizona. The freshman averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for the Wildcats.

Luka Doncic, a 6-6 Slovenian guard who played Real Madrid Baloncesto of the EuroLeague. One publication calls him the best international prospect of all time.

Marvin Bagley III, a 6-11 forward/center who played at Duke. The freshman averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Jaren Jackson Jr., a 6-11 forward who played at Michigan State. The freshman, who doesn't turn 19 until September, is seen by many as a project who could pay off big in the future. He led the Big Ten Conference averaging three blocks per contest.

What do the Kings need?

It's unlikely Sacramento drafts a point guard, considering the team took two last year in De'Aaron Fox (fifth overall) and Frank Mason III (34th). With Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield at shooting guard, that spot doesn't seem like a target, either. Look for the Kings to take the best frontcourt player available, assuming they don't trade the pick.

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