Fox takes losses in stride: 'It's part of the game'


Fox takes losses in stride: 'It's part of the game'

SACRAMENTO -- 1-8 doesn’t feel good to anyone, especially for a group of rookies trying to find their way in the league. The NBA is a cruel world that doesn’t care who you were in college or how high you were drafted.

The Kings take a seven-game losing streak into Tuesday evening’s game against the Thunder. Outside of Harry Giles, who’s Duke team went 28-9 last season, the other three draft picks have already lost more games this season than they did last year in the NCAA. We aren’t even 10 games into the 2017-18 season.

“A lot of these guys have been so accustomed to winning, but I was draft in the lottery, so you kind of come in kind of expecting something (like this),” De’Aaron Fox said Monday following practice. “We want to turn this around. Nobody likes losing.”

It’s an interesting perspective for a 19-year-old kid. Fox led his Kentucky team to a 32-6 record last season in the NCAA. But in the pros, you are starting over. When a team takes you with the fifth overall selection, you have to assume you are going to a team that’s struggled. Not everyone gets to walk into Jayson Tatum’s situation in Boston.

“It’s part of the game,” Fox said. “Every player drafted that high, basically, has had to go through bumps in the road.”

Fox is off to a quality start in Sacramento. He’s leading the team in scoring at 12.7 points a night and also assists at 5.0 per game. He’s shooting 41.7 percent from the floor, which could improve and he’s shooting just 27.3 percent from behind the arc.  

“I’m just trying to shoot the ball better, try and get my teammates involved more,” Fox said. “For me, doing that is just staying in attack mode. I can attack and get people involved. I can attack and score for myself. Even defensively, just being aggressive.”

Fox faces one of his favorite players growing up Tuesday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder roll through Sacramento. He’ll get a shot to defend Russell Westbrook, the reigning MVP and one of the most aggressive players in the league.

It’s baptism by fire for the Kings’ young point guard. You have to have a short memory. There’s always another game just around the corner and win or lose, there is plenty to glean from going up against one of the best.

Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery


Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery

The Sacramento Kings’ win over the Houston Rockets in the season finale has officially cost the team a spot in the NBA’s Draft Lottery. After posting identical 27-55 records, Sacramento and the Chicago Bulls were part of the NBA’s coin flip rule Friday afternoon at the Board of Governors meetings. 

Unfortunately for the Kings, the Bulls picked up a victory in the game of chance and now sit in the sixth spot in the pre-lottery standings. Sacramento holds the seventh position, but both teams have an equal opportunity to move up into the top three positions when the lottery is officially held on May 15. 

Once the top three selections are drawn, the draft goes in order of worst remaining record, taking coin flip results into consideration. If the Kings do not move into the top three and no one slated behind them in the draft move up, they will draft No. 7 overall. 

There is also a small chance that Sacramento doesn’t move up and one or more lottery teams behind them in the standings jump up. In this scenario, the Kings could draft as low as 10, but the statistical probability of them falling that far is astronomical. 

Here are the odds for the potential draft positions for the Kings this season. Both the Kings and Bulls have an 18.3% chance of moving into the top three picks.

No. 1 overall selection: 5.3%
No. 2 overall selection: 6.0%
No. 3 overall selection: 7.0%
No. 7 overall selection: 57.3%
No. 8 overall selection: 22.6%
No. 9 overall selection: 1.8%
No. 10 overall selection: less than 0.0%

Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate


Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate

SACRAMENTO -- Wins matter. With the Sacramento Kings’ victory over the Houston Rockets in the season finale Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center, the team finished the campaign at 27-55. Clearly that’s not good enough to move onto the playoff portion of the NBA season, but it places the Kings in a tie with the Chicago Bulls for the sixth worst record in the NBA.
It’s a slightly complicated procedure for deciding how many ping pong balls the Kings will have in the draft lottery. Both Chicago and Sacramento will have equal odds of moving into the top three of the draft. The two teams have a 5.3 percent chance of landing the top spot, a six percent chance of choosing at No. 2 overall and a seven percent chance of selecting third. 
Per NBA rules, a coin flip will determine which team falls in the sixth position and which will select seven if they don’t move up into the top three. The coin flip is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 13. 
The Kings and Bulls aren’t the only teams placing their fate in the hands of a shiny piece of metal. Dallas and Atlanta finished the season tied for the third and fourth worst records. The Bucks and Heat are tied for the 16th and 17th spot in the draft. San Antonio and Minnesota will flip for picks 18 and 19 and there is a complicated formula between the Pacers, Pelicans, Thunder and Jazz for picks 20-23, since all four teams finished the regular season with a 48-34 record.