Oh hi, certain No. 1 pick. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE
One byproduct of the Sacramento Kings' string of success before that awful road trip to close out the first half of the season was that it dropped the team down the Ping Pong Derby race. At one point, the Kings will right around the fourth-worst club in the NBA, behind Charlotte, Washington and New Orleans. But some wins at home pushed the Kings down to the seventh-worst team in the league.
The Kings have finished no better the fifth worst in the past three seasons. (It was a tie for fifth last season.) I reset the entire jumble at the bottom of the standings at SBNation.com today.
If the Kings do end up finishing with the league's seventh worst schedule, they would have a 4.3 percent probability of winning the No. 1 pick and a 15 percent probability of leaping into the top three. There'd be a 60 percent likelihood of sticking at No. 7 and a 25 percent probability of falling to No. 8 or No. 9.