Sabonis is the first player to represent the Kings at the NBA Draft Lottery since De’Aaron Fox in 2020. Last year, Monte McNair — in his first season as the Kings’ general manager — represented Sacramento at the lottery. They ended up with the No. 9 overall pick, which they used to select Davion Mitchell.
The Kings will go into Tuesday’s lottery with the seventh-best odds (7.5%) to win the No. 1 overall pick. They also have a 32% chance of breaking into the top-four. Here’s a full breakdown of the lottery odds for the 13 teams that will be present in Chicago on Tuesday.*
*The Oklahoma City Thunder have two lottery picks.
- Houston Rockets: 14%
- Orlando Magic: 14%
- Detroit Pistons: 14%
- Oklahoma City Thunder: 12.5%
- Indiana Pacers: 10.5%
- Portland Trail Blazers: 9%
- Sacramento Kings: 7.5%
- Thunder: 6%
- San Antonio Spurs: 4.5%
- Washington Wizards: 3% chance
- New York Knicks: 2%
- Thunder (via Los Angeles Clippers): 1.5%
- Charlotte Hornets: 1%
- Cleveland Cavaliers: 0.5%
Even if the Kings stay in the No. 7 slot, it will be their highest pick since 2018, when they were awarded the No. 2 overall pick. The Kings have picked in the lottery in nine of the last 10 years. They didn’t have a lottery pick in 2019 as a result of the 2015 Nik Stauskas trade.
The NBA Draft Lottery will be televised on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday.