Ranking Kings' five best NBA draft lottery picks since 1990
No. 5: Jason Thompson (No. 7 overall, 2008)
Coming out of mid-major Rider University, Thompson had a monster collegiate stat line, but it primarily came against inferior competition.
Nonetheless, the power forward made an instant impact in Sacramento, starting 56 games as a rookie and averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Thompson has a special place in Kings' history, as his 541 games with the team make him the longest-tenured player since the team moved to Sacramento.
After seven seasons in the state capital, Thompson was dealt to Philadelphia and bounced around to a few NBA teams before making his way overseas, where he still plays in 2020.
No. 4: Jason Williams (No. 7 overall, 1998)
"White Chocolate" was a highlight waiting to happen. The flashy point guard out of Florida immediately became a fan favorite, as his jersey ranked among the NBA's top five in sales during his rookie season.
Williams made the all-rookie team but ultimately spent just three seasons in Sacramento before being dealt north to the then-Vancouver Grizzlies for a pair of players that included Mike Bibby.
The floor general gave Kings fans plenty of exciting moments and ended up playing 12 seasons in the league, including being part of an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
No. 3: Tyreke Evans (No. 4 overall, 2009)
Evans got his NBA career off to a fast start, winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 2009-10 after finishing top-20 among all players in points (20.4) and steals (1.6) per game.
The point guard played five seasons in Sacramento, but never again reached that rookie peak.
Evans spent time with the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Indiana Pacers and even made a brief return to the Kings before a suspension that has kept him out of the league since May 2019.
No. 2: De'Aaron Fox (No. 5 overall, 2017)
This might seem premature given that he's in just his third NBA season, but Fox already has captured the hearts of many Kings fans.
Swipa has an unstoppable energy and brings a frenetic pace to the Kings' offense, as Fox can keep up with any and all of the NBA's best athletes.
His defensive acumen and ability to distribute to his teammates makes the idea of earning an extension from Kings' brass a near certainty.
If he gets that long-term deal in Sacramento and can help finally turn the club into a legitimate playoff contender, Fox has the chance to rise to the top of this list.
No. 1: DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5 overall, 2010)
This was just about a no-brainer.
Cousins was a two-time All-Star for the Kings and averaged a double-double over his seven seasons in Sacramento.
The center didn't bring a whole lot of winning to the organization, but arguably was the NBA's best center during his final few seasons with the team.
Cousins was traded to New Orleans in 2017 for a haul that included shooting guard Buddy Hield.
Cousins made his first NBA Finals appearance with the Warriors in 2019, and has remained out for the entire 2019-20 season after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason.