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Sacramento Kings land No. 4 pick in draft lottery

The last time the Kings had a top 5 pick was in 2018, when they selected Marvin Bagley with the #2 overall pick.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings landed the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft lottery Tuesday.

It was stroke of good luck for the Sacramento Kings. The last time they had the No. 4 overall selection was back in 2009 when they selected Tyreke Evans. Evans went on to win rookie of the year that season.  

The last time the Kings had a top 5 pick was in 2018, when they selected Marvin Bagley with the No. 2 overall pick.  

The big win went to the Orlando Magic, who took the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since they got Dwight Howard nearly two decades ago. Oklahoma City got the second pick, followed by Houston and Sacramento.

Orlando finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years. But they got a huge win in the lottery, where they had a 14% chance of winning.

Duke's Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren, Purdue's Jaden Ivey and Auburn's Jabari Smith are widely considered the most likely candidates to be taken first. The draft is June 23 in New York.

For the Kings, players they could possibly draft include Keegan Murray out of Iowa, Jabari Smith out of Auburn, or Paolo Banchero, out of Duke, if he falls to #4. All three players are power forwards. 

Detroit will pick fifth, with Indiana, Portland, New Orleans and Washington rounding out the top 10. The rest of the lottery results are: New York, Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Cleveland.

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