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NBA draft lottery odds: How Kings' 39-43 finish impacts 76ers, Celtics

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NBA draft lottery odds: How Kings' 39-43 finish impacts 76ers, Celtics

The Kings' resurgence was bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.

Wednesday's 136-131 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers finalized the Kings' record at 39-43, tied for the best among teams that didn't reach the NBA playoffs and now fall into the draft lottery. That means the Kings have just a 1 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 4.8 percent shot at a top-four selection when draft positions are pulled on May 14, per Tankathon.com.

Of course, the Kings won't keep the pick, regardless of position, as a result of their 2015 Nik Stauskas trade with the 76ers. If the Kings somehow draw the No. 1 pick, it will go to Philadelphia, which almost certainly would use it on Duke sensation Zion Williamson. But the real loser here is Boston, which otherwise will receive Sacramento's selection -- and it likely won't be as high as the Celtics hoped. After all, the last time the Kings won this many games in a season was 2007-08, when they finished 38-44.

Depending on a random drawing scheduled for Friday, the Kings’ draft lottery position could be 12th, 13th or 14th.

Easing Boston's pain, however, is the fact that it could have four first-round picks this year, depending on where the Memphis Grizzlies' No. 1-through-No. 8-protected pick lands. So, what the Celtics could miss in quality, they might make up for in quantity.

The Kings will have three second-round picks in this year's draft, so they won't be completely silent come June 20. While not being about to add a mid-round talent to its budding roster isn't ideal, Sacramento's future seems bright with De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley and others leading a potential march past draft lottery status and into the playoffs for the first time since 2006. 

2019 NBA draft lottery odds

Note: Odds per Tankathon.com; ties will be broken by a random drawing scheduled for Friday

1. New York Knicks (17-65)
52.1% chance at top-four pick; 14.0% for No. 1 pick

2t. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63)
52.1% chance for top-four pick; 14.0% for No. 1 pick

2t. Phoenix Suns (19-63)
52.1% chance for top-four pick; 14.0% for No. 1 pick

4. Chicago Bulls (22-60)
48.0% chance for top-four pick; 12.5% for No. 1 pick

5. Atlanta Hawks (29-53)
42.1% chance for top-four pick; 10.5% for No. 1 pick

6. Washington Wizards (32-50)
37.2% chance for top-four pick; 9.0% for No. 1 pick

7t. New Orleans Pelicans (33-49)
36.3% chance for top-four pick; 6.0% for No. 1 pick

7t. Dallas Mavericks (33-49)
Pick goes to the Hawks if it falls outside the top 5
36.3% chance for top-four pick; 6.0% for No. 1 pick

7t. Memphis Grizzlies (33-49)
Pick goes to the Celtics if it falls outside the top 8
36.3% chance for top-four pick; 6.0% for No. 1 pick

10. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-45)
13.9% chance for top-four pick; 3.0% for No. 1 pick

11. L.A. Lakers (37-45)
9.4% chance for top-four pick; 2.0% for No. 1 pick

12t. Miami Heat (39-43)
4.8% chance for top-four pick; 1.0% for No. 1 pick

12t. Charlotte Hornets (39-43)
4.8% chance for top-four pick; 1.0% for No. 1 pick

12t. Sacramento Kings (39-43)
Pick goes to the 76ers if it's No. 1 overall
Pick goes to the Celtics if it's No. 2 through No. 14

4.8% chance for top-four pick; 1.0% for No. 1 pick

How Kings' up-tempo style could elevate De-Aaron Fox to All-Star level

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How Kings' up-tempo style could elevate De-Aaron Fox to All-Star level

The last NBA All-Star representing the Sacramento Kings was DeMarcus Cousins in 2016-17.

De’Aaron Fox has a chance to end the Kings’ All-Star drought this season, as the floor general had the fourth-most assists in the NBA last season and will lead an offense that constantly will be pushing the tempo under new head coach Luke Walton.

“[Fox’s] agent has said he wants to see him average 23, 24 points per game this season,” NBC Sports California's James Ham said Tuesday on NBC Sports' NBA Season Tip-Off Show. “If he can do that, average nine or 10 assists, he’s right there in the superstar conversation.”

The re-signing of Buddy Hield only can bode well for Fox’s chances of being named an All-Star, as Sacramento’s offense features a litany of 3-point shooters. Hield ranked second in the NBA in 3-point accuracy 2018-19, making 42.7 percent of his shots from long-range.

“They have a very good opportunity to make the playoffs this season,” Ham said of Sacramento.

[RELATED: Buddy, Kings happy to end contract drama before season]

While they may not be near the top of the incredibly-talented Western Conference, there is no doubt the Kings will be a fun team to watch this season, no matter how many games they end up winning.

You can see the full Kings segment from the “NBA Season Tipoff” show in the clip above.

Buddy Hield, Kings happy drama over with four-year contract extension

Buddy Hield, Kings happy drama over with four-year contract extension

SACRAMENTO -- Contract negotiations can be brutal. Things are said. Information finds its way into the media. Lines in the sand are drawn.

And then with a flick of the wrist, the contract is signed and all is forgiven.

Buddy Hield is the proud recipient of a new four-year, $86 million contract extension with the Kings. He’ll have an opportunity to make another $20 million in incentives over the course of the contract, which could push the deal over the $100 million mark.

While the talks were contentious at times, the two sides eventually came to an agreement. On Tuesday morning, Hield sat alongside general manager Vlade Divac to express relief that the situation is over.

“Sacramento is home for me,” Hield said. “I think the way I’ve been elevating my career in the past couple of years, I don’t think it would be the same going somewhere else.”

Hield was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract. The 26-year-old had a breakout season with the Kings last season where he led the team in scoring at 20.7 points per game and set a new franchise record with 278 3-pointers.

“I’m so happy that we came to the agreement that both sides are happy and we still are going the way we planned a few years ago to keep our young core,” general manager Vlade Divac said. “Buddy is one of the most important pieces of our core moving forward and (we’re) building something special here in Sacramento.”

Hield is the first of four members of the Kings’ young core to go through the extension process. It was clear over the last week that negotiations were heating up, but there were times where Hield allowed his emotions to spill out into the media.

In the end, Hield and Divac stayed up until 2 a.m. PT hammering out details, with the Kings’ shooting guard pitching his case to the team’s front office.

“I was just trying to plead my case to them, but that’s done with,” Hield said. “I’m here as a King now, so I’m just wanting to win games now and just try to take us to the playoffs, that’s the main focus.”

Divac greeted Hield after practice almost every day over the last week. The two could be seen joking around, but there was a clear tension in the gym.

“Me and Vlade have a great relationship, it goes back to when he first traded for me,” Hield said. “Just seeing the vibe around him and Peja [Stojakovic] and just being around the organization and [owner] Vivek [Ranadivé]. There was nothing directly or insulting to Vlade, that’s our relationship.”

It was clear that while negotiating a contract extension, Divac was still focused on making sure that Hield wasn’t taking anything personally. The business side of basketball can be ruthless. With the season just days away, the two sides wanted to get a deal done without feelings getting hurt.

“I felt pretty good that either way, what we built here is special,” Divac said. “This is something that we had to figure out, but we know where we want to be and we worked together to get there. This is one step forward.”

Acquired as part of the trade that sent All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, Hield was not even slated to start for the Kings last season. A late summer knee injury to Bogdan Bogdanovic opened a door and Hield took full advantage.

In his third NBA season he blossomed next to point guard De’Aaron Fox. Hield turned himself into a viable starter moving forward and a player worthy of a huge contract extension.

Born in Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahamas, Hield has come a long way in his journey to become an NBA regular. With a tireless work ethic, he successfully turned himself into one of the game’s best perimeter shooters and he still has more room to grow.

“Where I came from, 10 years [ago], who would have thought I would sign an $86 million [contract],” Hield said. “If I would have told a friend that, he would have said you’re talking BS.”

Hield now has financial security moving forward and can return his focus to the court.

“I’m just extremely blessed, I’m happy to be here and happy to get things rolling,” Hield said.

Hield sighted the low-key environment of Sacramento as one of his selling points. He has a young daughter and Sacramento has become his home away from home during the last two-and-a-half seasons.

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The drama is over. It’s time to get back to basketball where the Kings will open the season Wednesday evening in Phoenix against the Suns.

The Kings are looking to snap a 13-year playoff drought and a happy and healthy Buddy Hield could go a long way towards making that a reality.