Kings own No. 9 pick before draft lottery after tiebreaker

De'Aaron Fox

The ping pong balls already have bounced for the Kings, nearly one month before the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery. 

Going into the June 22 lottery, the Kings now own the No. 9 pick in the draft following Tuesday's tiebreaker. The Kings have a 46.4 percent chance of keeping the No. 9 pick and a 29.4 percent chance of selecting at No. 10. They have a 4.5 percent chance of owning the No. 1 pick, 4.8 percent chance of the No. 2 pick, 5.2 percent chance of the No. 3 pick and a 5.7 percent chance of the No. 4 pick.

The Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls were in a three-way tie for the No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10 picks, as they all finished the regular season with a 31-41 record. 

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Tiebreakers were determined by a lottery machine with team ping pong balls, which was overseen by a representative of Ernst & Young, LLP.

The last time the Kings had the No. 9 pick, they selected Otis Thorpe in 1984. Thorpe played five seasons with the Kings -- 1984 through 1988, as well as 27 games in the 1997-98 season -- and averaged 15.1 points per game.