Mar 24, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart speaks with point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) and point guard Tyreke Evans (13) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena. The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 117-103. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings Will Pick at No. 7 Overall

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Mar 24, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart speaks with point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) and point guard Tyreke Evans (13) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena. The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 117-103. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings will select No. 7 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, as revealed in the draft lottery on Tuesday.

The Kings finished with a 28-54 record last season, the sixth worse in the league. They had a 6.3 percent chance of nabbing the first overall pick, but fell down a spot to the seventh selection.

Considering the drama that took place this year with the very-real possibility of moving to Seattle, the Kings should be happy that they aren’t seeing a “Sonics” logo up on the draft lottery board instead of theirs. As the story goes, however, Kevin Johnson and city of Sacramento fought back against Chris Hansen and his Seattle investment group, convincing the NBA Board of Governors to vote down the sale of the team to Hansen.

The Kings were represented by Keith Smart, which may seem strange to many fans but it’s not like they had another choice. Smart was quite possibly the most dysfunctional head coach in the league last year, but his shortcomings were overshadowed by the pending sale of the team. Now that the new ownership has moved in, the draft lottery could be the last time that Kings fans will see Smart.

Two years ago, the Kings had the seventh pick in the draft, only to trade down and select Jimmer Fredette, who has hardly seen any playing time in Sacramento.

What will they do this year? The questions about the draft are just getting started.

 

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