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Sacramento Kings’ Draft History (2006-2015)

Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Sacramento Kings have made 18 selections, yielding two All-Stars in DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas (who is no longer with the team).

The following table details the Kings’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 3 1 (33.3%) 2 2 (66.7%) 0
6-10 5 0 0 2 (40%) 0
11-15 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
16-20 1 0 0 0 1 (100%)
21-25 1 0 0 0 0
26-30 0 0 0 0 0
31-40 4 0 0 0 3 (75%)
41-50 2 0 0 0 2 (100%)
51-60 1 1 (100%) 1 1 (100%) 0
Total 18 2 (10.5%) 3 6 (33.3%) 6 (33.3%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Kings have struggled to build a winner around their one All-Star in Cousins, while Thomas – a tremendous find with the 60th pick in 2011 – earned his selection with the Boston Celtics. Hassan Whiteside (now with the Miami HEAT) is on track to be listed as a starter)

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: DeMarcus Cousins (2010-5) — two appearances, Isaiah Thomas (2011-60) — one appearance

Starters: Spencer Hawes (2007-10), Jason Thompson (2008-12), Tyreke Evans (2009-4), Cousins, Thomas, Ben McLemore (2013-7)

Rotation Players: Omri Casspi (2009-23), Hassan Whiteside (2010-33), Jimmer Fredette (2011-10), Thomas Robinson (2012-5), Nik Stauskas (2014-8), Willie Cauley-Stein (2015-6)

Out in Five Years or Less: Quincy Douby (2006-19), Sean Singletary (2008-42), Patrick Ewing Jr. (2008-43), Jon Brockman (2009-38), Tyler Honeycutt (2011-35), Ray McCallum (2013-36)

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