When the NBA season eventually resumes, the hope is that the Sacramento Kings will be able to play the 18 remaining games on their regular season schedule and make a run for the No. 8 seed. However, as things stand right now, the Kings will send a representative to the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery for the *13th time in 14 years.
*The Kings would have been at the NBA Draft Lottery last year, but they traded their 2019 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015. For the sanity of the people that read this site, we won’t go over the full details of that trade.
The NBA Draft Lottery was scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, but due to the indefinite suspension of the season, the league has postponed both the lottery and the combine. Here is the full statement that was released by the NBA on Friday:
The NBA today announced the postponement of NBA Draft Lottery 2020 and NBA Draft Combine 2020, both scheduled to take place later this month in Chicago.
More information on each event will be shared at a later date as the NBA continues to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.
The Kings are currently tied with the New Orleans Pelicans for the 12th-best odds (1.3%) to win the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. If things stay the same, there will be a coin toss to determine who wins the tiebreaker.
The draft is pretty top heavy when it comes to potential star players this year, so the Kings will be hoping to break into the top-five, but they could use another young wing like RJ Hampton round out their depth. They could also use the pick to make a win-now trade, although they might want to wait and see what their core looks like at full strength before doing that.
Either way, we won’t know where the Kings will be picking for a little while longer, whether they’ll be at the lottery or not.