On Friday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the NBA Draft Lottery, originally scheduled for May 19th, and the NBA Draft Combine, originally scheduled to run May 21st - 24th, would be indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBA postponed the May Draft Lottery and Combine today, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 1, 2020
This news, while not unexpected, will leave many fringe draft prospects in limbo as the league has not yet adjusted the date of withdrawal from June 15th.
Notably, the date of the draft itself has not yet been pushed back by the NBA Board of Governors, although that decision will likely be the next domino to fall in the delayed reopening of the league. If the remainder of the 2019-2020 season is suspended, the Sacramento Kings will finish as the 12th team in the lottery, with a 6.2% chance of snagging a top-four selection, assuming the NBA doesn’t choose to adjust or flatten the lottery odds due to the shortened year.
According to our resident draft expert Bryant West, solid prospects such as Devin Vassell, Saddiq Bey, and Jalen Smith should be available with the 12th overall selection, while player like Anthony Edwards, Deni Avdija, and James Wiseman could be targeted if the Kings get lucky and move up.