Sacramento Kings: 15 best NBA Draft picks of all-time

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SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 13: Jason Thompson #34 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

This article will feature a slideshow determining which players belong on the list of top 15 draft picks in Sacramento Kings history.

With the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery coming up, A Royal Pain thought it was the perfect time to make a list containing the 15 best players the Sacramento Kings have drafted in their franchise’s history.

To avoid any confusion, listed down below are a few guidelines that I have followed while constructing my list of players.

  • The player had to be drafted by the organization when the team was located in SACRAMENTO.
  • The evaluation is based on how the players performed during their tenure with the Kings.
  • No players taken from the 2017 NBA Draft will be included on the list.

Without further ado, let us begin our slideshow showcasing the best 15 players that the Kings have drafted during the Sacramento era. I will start first with No. 15.


Jason Thompson

PF/C, Rider Broncs, 2008 (No. 12)

The first person I will introduce to my list is Jason Thompson. In the 2008 NBA Draft, the Kings selected the 6-foot-10 forward out of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with the 12th overall pick. He is one of only two players to have played in the NBA after starring for the Rider Broncs collegiately.

Thompson endured a lot of ups and downs during his tenure with the Kings. The beginning years were good, as he was considered the long-term forward for the franchise’s future. However, his game gradually declined later on into his late 20s.

With that being said, Thompson played with great hustle and durability. He was reliable forward for the Kings, as he played in 541 games with Sacramento in seven seasons. He is the longest-tenured player in Kings history.

In the seven seasons he played, JT averaged 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per contest while making 49.7 percent of his shots from the court. Though he was never a star for Sacramento, he was a fan favorite for his willingness to compete during a rough time for the franchise.

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