The Kings must navigate a minefield tonight – or hope the ping-pong balls do.
If Sacramento jumps the 76ers in the lottery, the teams will swap picks – which eliminates the possibility of Sacramento getting the No. 1 pick. The Kings must also convey their pick to the Bulls if it falls outside the top 10, though there’s just a 0.01% chance of that happening.
The most likely outcome is the No. 8 (72.44%) or No. 9 (19.65%) pick.
Making the selection won’t be easy, though.
And what is the least desirable team in the NBA right now? It’s the Sacramento Kings. Based on my conversations on Wednesday, it looks like the Kings will struggle to get any players in the top 10 in for workouts.
But their years of ineptitude are biting them. They’ve been miserably run, frequently putting players in difficult positions. It’s not surprising top prospects want to stay away. Sacramento will have to prove it’s on the right track to get the benefit of the doubt.
That’ll be harder without working out top players, but it’s not the end of the world. A player refusing a workout shouldn’t stop the Kings from drafting him. There are plenty of other sources of information on players, and they have little recourse but to report to the team that selects them.
Get this pick right, use the player to help build a winning team and this won’t be a problem in the future.