Represented by head coach Dave Joerger, the Sacramento Kings entered the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery night very unlikely to move from their current 8th and 10th slot in the draft. After all, the Kings had never moved up in the lottery since 1989. This lottery changed proved to be different for Sacramento.
Things went as planned up to the number nine pick, which means Sacramento ended up with the number ten pick in the draft. Then, the 8th pick was announced and it was New York, which meant the Kings moved up. Sacramento actually moved up to number three, but via the pick swap with the Philadelphia 76ers in a past trade, the Kings landed the 5th overall pick.
Sacramento ended the day with the 10th and 5th overall picks in the 2017 draft. Not a bad day for Kings fans at all. Moving up from eight to five is actually a really big deal for the Kings. Prospects such as Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox and Duke swingman Jayson Tatum likely wouldn’t have been there at eight, but are realistic possibilities at five. All of this still depends on what happens 1-4 in the draft.
Having two top-10 picks in this years loaded draft class is an incredible asset to have. This draft should be the building block for the Kings future. Sacramento leaves the draft lottery as huge winners.
With the lottery officially behind us, all attention turns to the draft. Everybody thinks they know the consensus top prospects, and who we think is going where, but the truth is nobody knows a thing. That’s what makes the draft so interesting and a must-watch event. Be sure to set your calendars to June 22, 2017.