By Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Kings will know their fate in next month’s NBA draft.
The Kings are slotted with the sixth pick in the draft after going 29-53. If they get lucky and beat the odds in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery, they could move into the top three. But they could drop back as far as ninth.
Here are the projected top six picks, with the Kings’ odds of landing the pick in the lottery (they can only move up to Nos. 1-3, stay at No. 6 or drop to Nos. 7-9):
No. 1 (6.3 percent)
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Karl-Anthony Towns, 6-11, PF/C, Kentucky
Freshman would be a versatile scoring and passing threat in the frontcourt.
No. 2 (7.1 percent)
Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, C, Duke
Traditional post player might be trade bait if selected by the Kings.
No. 3 (8.1 percent)
D’Angelo Russell, 6-5, PG/SG, Ohio State
His size, versatility and playmaking would be welcome.
No. 4 (0 percent)
Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-5, PG, China
After going overseas, he would excel in an up-tempo game with his athleticism.
No. 5 (0 percent)
Justise Winslow, 6-6, SF, Duke
He was a key in Duke’s title run, and he’s strong on both ends the court.
No. 6 (43.9 percent)
Kristaps Porzingis, 7-0, PF, Latvia
Big man with shooting range could be an ideal frontcourt mate for DeMarcus Cousins.
NBA draft lottery
- When: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
- TV: ESPN