NBA draft lottery 2019: Odds for No. 1 overall pick, Zion Williamson


NBA draft lottery 2019: Odds for No. 1 overall pick, Zion Williamson

While the Warriors, Trail Blazers, Bucks and Raptors get set for the conference finals, the teams that didn't make the postseason are getting ready for the NBA draft lottery, which takes place on Tuesday night prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

The prize waiting for the team that lands the No. 1 overall pick is Duke sensation Zion Williamson, the consensus top player in this draft.

As for the Kings, their name will be called Tuesday, but their pick will go to either Boston or Philadelphia, depending on where the pick lands.

As James Ham writes, if the Kings somehow land the No. 1 overall selection, it goes to the 76ers. If they get the No. 2 through No. 14 pick, the Celtics take the selection.

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Here are the odds to land the No. 1 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to

New York -- 14.0 percent
Cleveland -- 14.0 percent
Phoenix -- 14.0 percent
Chicago -- 12.5 percent
Atlanta -- 10.5 percent
Washington -- 9.0 percent
New Orleans -- 6.0 percent
Memphis* -- 6.0 percent (This pick may be conveyed to Boston)
Dallas** -- 6.0 percent (This pick may be conveyed to Atlanta)
Minnesota -- 3.0 percent
Los Angeles Lakers -- 2.0 percent
Charlotte -- 1.0 percent
Miami -- 1.0 percent
Sacramento^ -- 1.0 percent (This pick will be conveyed to Boston via Philadelphia or to Philadelphia)

Blazers' Damian Lillard vouches for play-in tournament when NBA resumes

Blazers' Damian Lillard vouches for play-in tournament when NBA resumes

It remains unclear and unknown when or how the NBA season will resume. The Kings, currently 28-36 and on the outside looking in of the playoff picture, are awaiting word on if and when their season will continue.

One thing is clear, though: Damian Lillard won't play games amid the coronavirus pandemic if his Portland Trail Blazers aren't given a true shot at the playoffs. 

"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team," Lillard said to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now.

"If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs, I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games.

The Blazers have played 66 games so far this season. Lillard refuses to be a part of a ploy to get to 70 games, which is the minimum to fulfill regional television deals. But if there's a chance to win a ring, he's all-in.

"If they come back and say it's something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we're playing for playoff spots, then I think that's perfect," Lillard said.

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There are a number of ways the NBA can go to continue the season. Will all teams be involved? Will there be a play-in tournament that Lillard suggested, or a 16-team tournament regardless of conferences? What about the teams on the outside looking in?

That includes Portland and the Kings. The Blazers (29-37) currently are the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference, percentage points ahead of the Kings (28-36).

Sacramento hasn't made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season. Circumstances be damned, the Kings would love a crack at the postseason.

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The Kings are 2-2 against Lillard and the Blazers this season, and last played Portland on March 7 when Bogdan Bogdanovic's 27 points led Sacramento to a 123-111 win on the road.

All remains a mystery right now. The only way Lillard is playing games, however, is if they can compete for a championship. It's easy to see other players around the league sharing his same feelings, too.

Kings' 10 best NBA draft picks since team moved to Sacramento in 1985

Kings' 10 best NBA draft picks since team moved to Sacramento in 1985

Two weeks ago we looked at 10 of the biggest blunders in Sacramento Kings draft history. There were plenty to choose from over the 35 years the team has been in Sacramento, but it hasn’t been all bad for the Kings.

Despite having poor luck in the NBA draft lottery, the Kings have mined for talent and come up huge a few times during their three and half decades in Sacramento.

In no particular order, here is a look at 10 of the biggest draft successes during the Sacramento era of Kings basketball.


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