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An Informational Guide to the NBA Draft Lottery

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Much like the playoffs are a yearly event for the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA Draft Lottery has become a tradition for Kings fans.  So how does it work, and when does it start?

The When:

5:00 - 5:30 pm on ESPN

We will also be hosting an open thread here on Sactown Royalty starting at 4:00 pm.

The Kings "Chances" According to "Math":

The Kings are currently in the 7th slot as per the team record.  The Draft Lottery is held for the Top 3 picks, and the rest of the order is determined by team record.  The Kings have the following chances:

#1 pick (4.3%)

#2 pick (4.9%)

#3 pick (5.8%)

#7 pick (60%)

#8 pick (23.2%)

#9 pick (1.8%)

#10 pick (0.03%)

Who's Representing Us?:

That would be Anjali Ranadivé, the daughter of Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadivé.  As to the rumors that Sactown Royalty will petition for a name change to Anjalitown Royalty should she bring home the #1 pick, I can neither confirm or deny.

The Order We Want to Hear:

The NBA Lottery results are announced in reverse order.  As such we want to hear the following teams in order: Phoenix, Minnesota, New York, Denver, New Orleans, Cleveland, Detroit.  If one of those teams is not announced in that order, that means they have jumped, reducing Sacramento's chance of jumping up and increasing the chance that we have dropped.  If we hear that order and the next team is NOT the Sacramento Kings, that means we have jumped up into the Top 3.

What to do When Kings Don't Jump and Lakers Do:

Happy Draft Lottery Day everyone!