According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Sacramento Kings have won a coin flip against the New Orleans Pelicans to land the 12th position in the NBA lottery.
Sources: 2020 NBA Draft Lottery tiebreaker winners:
New Orleans/Sacramento (28-36): Sacramento
Houston/OKC/Utah (44-28): OKC, then Houston, then Utah
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 17, 2020
Although the Kings actually ended the 2019-2020 season with a better record than the Pelicans, and behind the 10th place Phoenix Suns and the 11th place San Antonio Spurs, the NBA previously mandated that the Orlando bubble games would have no effect on lottery positioning, outside of the Portland Trail Blazers making the playoffs and moving to the 15th pick. Prior to the hiatus, the Kings and Pelicans posted the same win-loss record of 28-36, leading to Monday’s coin flip.
According to Tankathon, a resource all too familiar to Kings fans, Sacramento now holds a 1.5% chance at the number one overall pick, a 1.7% chance at the second pick, a 1.9% chance at the third pick, a 2.1% chance at the fourth pick, and an 86.1% chance at sticking in the 12th spot. If things go horribly wrong the Kings have a slight chance of moving back, with a 6.7% shot at 13th and a 0.1% possibility of a historic slide to 14th.
With those numbers in mind, assuming that the Kings don’t somehow move back, they’ll have a shot at one of the top-12 players on our very own Bryant West’s big board: Anthony Edwards, Onyeka Okongwu, Deni Avdija, Isaac Okoro, Killian Hayes, James Wiseman, Devin Vassell, Tyrese Haliburton, Obi Toppin, Tyrese Maxey, Cole Anthony, or LaMelo Ball.
Who said the Kings never win anything?