Future looks bright for Kings rookies Fox, Bogdanovic

Future looks bright for Kings rookies Fox, Bogdanovic

The future of the Sacramento Kings was on full display Monday evening in Phoenix. No, the Kings couldn’t complete the comeback to a Suns team wrought with franchise turmoil. But wins and losses are secondary to development in the 2017-18 season and a development is developing.

With the starters getting run over, coach Dave Joerger went to two of his rookies in the backcourt and they instantly turned the tide of a game that was slipping out of control.

De’Aaron Fox has become a constant highlight through four games in Sacramento, but he had a wingman Monday against the Suns. Serbian sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic made his long awaited NBA debut and the early returns were inspiring.

The young duo helped erase a lead that pushed as high as 22 points in the first half. If not for a couple of bad breaks down the stretch, the Kings very well could have come back and stole the game from Phoenix.

“We have great communication on the court,” Bogdanovic told reporters of his pairing with Fox. “He’s capable of doing many things, he’s a versatile player. And we have to listen to each other - what we have to say. Communication is the most important thing when you want to build something great.”

Fox keyed in on the communication piece as well. At 25-years-old, Bogdanovic has been a professional in Europe for years. He isn’t your run of themill rookie wandering the court in a dazed state.

“He just talks like he’s a veteran,” Fox said of Bogdanovic. “He hasn’t been in the NBA, but he’s been a pro for long. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s kind of like my vet on the court.”

Bogdanovic is smooth and methodical. He plays well with the ball in his hands or coming off a screen.

Fox is a flash, running the court with reckless abandon and finishing above the rim. The combination of the two worked well from the moment they stepped on the floor together.

“He’s such a smart player, he’s so good,” Fox said. “The chemistry with us is through the roof right now and I feel like we’ll just get better.”

After missing the last week of preseason and the first three games of the regular season with an ankle injury, Bogdanovic looked gassed in the second half. He started the game 5-of-7 from the field and then missed his final eight shots.

“As you can see, the second half I was a little bit out of my energy,” Bogdanovic admitted in post game. “I will need a couple of games, a couple of hard practices to get back into shape.”

Even at less than 100 percent, Bogdanovic showed promise on both ends of the floor.

Fox stuffed the stat sheet, finishing the night with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and just one turnover in 30 minutes.

It’s just one game, but you want your young players to command minutes with their play on the court. This tandem looks ready to compete for a bigger role.

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.