May 16, 2017, 6:11 pm
The Sacramento Kings will select 5th and 10th in the 2017 NBA Draft following Tuesday’s Draft Lottery.
The Kings finally got some lottery luck as they jumped into the top-3, however, the Sixers exercised the right to swap picks with Sacramento (Nik Stauskas trade), meaning Philadelphia will have the 3rd pick and the Kings will have the 5th pick. The 10th pick via the Pelicans remained where it was originally slotted. This marks the first time in franchise history the Kings will have two top-ten draft picks.
It’s a bittersweet feeling for the Kings as they finally jumped up into the top-3 after many years of bad luck, only to be knocked back down again due to the poorly executed trade by Vlade Divac.
However, jumping up from 8th to 5th is a big win for Sacramento and it gives them many more options as far as talent goes in the draft. Players like Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Jayson Tatum could be available when it comes to the Kings selection at No. 5, something that could not have said had the Kings remained at No. 8.
As it currently stands the Kings are projected to draft De’Aaron Fox with the 5th pick and Zach Collins with the 10th pick (via DraftExpress.com).