Domantas Sabonis to represent Kings

Can Ox bring good luck? Supposed to represent kings in the lottery, Sabonis originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Kings will be hoping that one of their new franchise cornerstones is also a lucky charm.

Domantas Sabonis will represent Sacramento in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery next Tuesday, with the Kings having a 7.5 percent chance of landing the top pick.

Sacramento also has a seven to eight percent chance on second through fourth picks, although the most likely outcome is either eighth pick (34.1 percent) or seventh pick (19.7 percent).

The Kings, who hired Warriors associate coach Mike Brown as their next head coach this week, ended the game with the seventh-worst record in the league at 30-52.

The 26-year-old Sabonis was acquired by the Kings midseason from the Indiana Pacers in a trade that saw Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield go to Indiana.

He averaged 18.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 15 games with the Kings but missed the final weeks of the season with a knee injury.

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The Kings have plenty to do on Sabonis, giving up a rising talent at Haliburton and an established sniper at Hield in exchange for the two-time All-Star in hopes he will help end the franchise’s 16-year playoff drought to overcome.

And the selection of Sabonis over other key players like De’Aaron Fox or Harrison Barnes to represent the kings in the lottery could be a tacit sign of how highly the organization values ​​their new star.

When the ping-pong balls bounce in Sacramento’s direction on Tuesday, the kings may have the first chance to add another star play to next season’s roster.

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