Sacramento Kings

Kings give fans chance to be part of upcoming draft team

Until now, when basketball fans claim they could do a better job picking players in annual NBA draft, it’s been a fairly hollow boast, something beyond proving.

The Kings, though, are planning to let a select few become part of their draft brain trust, actually bringing what they judge to be qualified members of the public into the process and, ultimately, the war room where choices are made on the big day.

In a news release Friday, the team announced its “Draft 3.0 Challenge” a crowdsourcing program meant to find qualified amateurs who will share their expertise in identifying draft-eligible players for the Kings to consider choosing in the June 26 draft.

The release came in the form of the transcript of Friday’s online chat headed by Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro.

To qualify, interested fans must enter through the Kings Draft Challenge 3.0 page on the team’s website. Participants who provide the best answers and show the most knowledge and insight could be invited to join a Kings group meeting regularly to prepare for the draft.

Depending on their performance during those sessions, up to two participants may be invited to join D’Alessandro, owner Vivek Ranadive and other team officials in the draft room on June 26.

“This may not get us all the answers, but it may help us think of the right questions to ask,” D’Alessandro told