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The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft 

Ranker NBA
Updated July 26, 2019 242 votes 18 voters 49 items

List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Sacramento Kings. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The track record of the Sacramento Kings first-round draft picks is not as strong as many other teams, but there have been enough hits to win over the fan base.

Among Sacramento Kings picks in the first round, only Peja Stojakovic, DeMarcus Cousins, and Otis Birdsong have made an All-Star team while with the franchise. Meanwhile, 1989 No. 1-overall pick Pervis Ellison proved to be one of the biggest NBA draft busts of all time.

So, which star deserves the top spot for their legacy with the Kings? The stats below reflect only the players’ time spent with the Sacramento, and that’s what you should base your vote on: Did this player help improve the Kings during their time with the franchise?

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1
Omri Casspi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (2009)

Stats
306 games played, 9.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg

2
Pete Chilcutt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Pete Chilcutt

Draft selection: 27 (1991)

Stats
174 games played, 5.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg

3
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (1996)

Stats
518 games played, 18.3 ppg, 5.0 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (2002–2004)
All-NBA Second Team (2004)

4
Ben McLemore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (2013)

Stats
312 games played, 9.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg

5
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1998)

Stats
208 games played, 11.3 ppg, 6.3 apg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1999)

6
Phil Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 2 (1978)

Stats
299 games played, 14.9 ppg, 7.8 apg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 spg

Achievements
All-NBA Second Team (1979)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1979)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1979)

7
Brian Grant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 8 (1994)

Stats
182 games played, 13.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1995)

8
Corliss Williamson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (1995)

Stats
466 games played, 10.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg

9
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 16 (2000)

Stats
221 games played, 7.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2001)

10
LaSalle Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1982)

Stats
507 games played, 10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg

11
Reggie King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (1979)

Stats
301 games played, 10.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg

12
Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (2009)

Stats
271 games played, 17.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
NBA Rookie of the Year (2010)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2010)

13
Walt Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1992)

Stats
238 games played, 14.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1993)

14
Lionel Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1990)

Stats
454 games played, 12.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.3 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1991)

15
Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 26 (2004)

Stats
331 games played, 17.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg

16
Otis Birdsong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 2 (1977)

Stats
308 games played, 21.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (1979–1981)
All-NBA Second Team (1981)

17
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (1984)

Stats
341 games played, 15.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.1 apg

18
Marvin Bagley III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 2 (2018)

Stats
62 games played, 14.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg

19
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
De'Aaron Fox

Draft selection: 5 (2017)

Stats
154 games played, 14.6 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 spg

20
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1987)

Stats
188 games played, 15.6 ppg, 7.2 apg, 2.6 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1988)

21
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (2015)

Stats
255 games played, 10.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2016)

22
Anthony Bonner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (1990)

Stats
183 games played, 8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg

23
Billy Owens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1991)

Stats
166 games played, 10.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg

24
Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1993)

Stats
242 games played, 3.8 ppg, 3.4 apg

25
Brook Steppe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sacramento Kings First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Brook Steppe

Draft selection: 17 (1982)

Stats
96 games played, 5.3 ppg