Sacramento Kings

Kings now in jeopardy of losing first-round pick

Rajon Rondo directs traffic in early action as the Kings hosted Cleveland at Sleep Train Arena on March 9, 2016. The Kings are tied with Denver and Milwaukee for the eighth-worst record entering Wednesday’s regular-season finales. Depending on their luck in the draft lottery, the Kings are now in danger of losing their 2016 first-round draft pick.
Rajon Rondo directs traffic in early action as the Kings hosted Cleveland at Sleep Train Arena on March 9, 2016. The Kings are tied with Denver and Milwaukee for the eighth-worst record entering Wednesday’s regular-season finales. Depending on their luck in the draft lottery, the Kings are now in danger of losing their 2016 first-round draft pick. hamezcua@sacbee.com

With the New York Knicks securing the NBA’s seventh-worst record (32-50), the Kings could lose their 2016 first-round draft pick, which is top-10 protected, depending upon their luck in the draft lottery.

Sacramento (33-48) is tied with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth-worst record entering Wednesday’s regular-season finales. The Kings close the season against the host Houston Rockets, who will clinch a playoff berth with a win. The Nuggets visit the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Bucks host the Indiana Pacers.

The Kings can move up a few spots with some luck in the lottery. But if they drop two or three spots – the most a team can fall – and out of the top 10 picks, the Chicago Bulls get the Kings’ first-round choice stemming from a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. Sacramento does not have a second-round pick this year.

If the Kings keep their first-round picks in 2016 and 2017, which is also top-10 protected, Sacramento loses its 2017 second-round pick to the Bulls.

Bee Sports staff

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