Sacramento Kings to pick eighth in 2014 NBA Draft

Throughout history, the NBA Draft Lottery has not been kind to the Sacramento Kings.  In fact, they’ve moved up in the order just once out of their previous 18 appearances.

Their luck did not change today.

The ping pong balls weren’t kind to the Kings, who fell to the eighth spot in next month’s draft on Tuesday evening.  It’s the second time in franchise history that the Kings will pick eighth in the NBA Draft.  The last time the Kings held the eight overall pick, they drafted Brian Grant in 1994.

The Kings had just a 23.20 percent chance of falling back to the eighth spot in this year’s draft.  At 28-54, they finished with the seventh-worst record in the NBA, meaning that they had the seventh best odds of winning this year’s No. 1 pick.

Sacramento fell victim to another lottery in which the Cleveland Cavaliers were big winners.  The Cavs, who had a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery, leapfrogged eight teams to win the No. 1 overall pick.  The Cavs have picked first in two of the last three year drafts.

The complete draft order is listed below.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Milwaukee Bucks
  3. Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Orlando Magic
  5. Utah Jazz
  6. Boston Celtics
  7. Los Angeles Lakers
  8. Sacramento Kings
  9. Charlotte Hornets
  10. Philadelphia 76ers
  11. Denver Nuggets
  12. Orlando Magic
  13. Minnesota Timberwolves
  14. Phoenix Suns

Notable players drafted eighth overall

  • 2000 – Jamal Crawford
  • 1999 – Andre Miller
  • 1994 – Brian Grant
  • 1993 – Vin Baker
  • 1988 – Rex Chapman
  • 1987 – Olden Polynice
  • 1986 – Ron Harper
  • 1985 – Detlef Schrempf
  • 1981 – Tom Chambers

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Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.