LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17: Anthony Davis talks with the media during the news conference in which he announced he will enter the NBA draft at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Having finished the season tied with the
New Jersey Brooklyn Nets for the 5th worst record in the NBA, the NBA decided the lottery position via a coin flip. This happened last year between these two teams as well (although New Jersey's pick last year went to Utah). Last year, Sacramento won the coin flip, but ended up falling two spots, and Utah jumped to the third spot.
Sacramento Bee beat reporter Jason Jones reports that the Kings have once again won the coin flip with New Jersey, slotting them into the 5th slot, with 76 ping pong balls to their name. The Kings have a 7.6% chance of winning it all, an 8.6% chance at the 2nd pick, and a 9.5% chance at the 3rd pick. They have a 26.1% chance at staying at 5, a 38.6% chance to drop to 6th, a 9.3% chance to drop to 7th (which is what happened last year), and a 0.4% chance of dropping to 8th.
In other tie breakers, the Cavaliers won the coin flip with New Orleans to get slotted 3rd. Golden State won their coin flip to Toronto to get slotted 7th, a huge deal for them because it gives them a 72.5% chance of keeping their pick.
Here's the 5th slots performance over the last 5 years:
2011: Sacramento (7th) - Bismack Biyombo
2010: Washington (1st) - John Wall
2009: Minnesota (6th) - Jonny Flynn
2008: New York (6th) - Danilo Gallinari
2007: Seattle (2nd) - Kevin Durant