Does Being a Horrible NBA Team Guarantee Future Success?

Should NBA teams tank to get a better draft pick? STACK looks at some of the worst teams of the past decade to find out if the strategy pays off.

2008-2009 Sacramento Kings

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2008-2009 Sacramento Kings

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Record: 17-65

2009 Draft Position: 4th

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Photo via Razbet

Record: 17-65

2009 Draft Position: 4th

2009 Draft Pick: Tyreke Evans

In the midst of rebuilding after their Chris Webber/Mike Bibby/Peja Stojakovic-fueled heyday, the Sacramento Kings hit rock bottom. Trotting out a team that featured Kevin Martin and an empty kitchen cupboard, the Kings registered just 17 wins during the 2008-2009 season and couldn't even nab a top-two pick in the 2009 NBA Draft Lottery.

The Kings fortunes seemed to turn after they selected Tyreke Evans with the fourth pick. Evans immediately averaged 20 points per game and ran away with the Rookie of the Year award. However, from there, things spiraled down. Evans' scoring average dropped each year, bottoming out at 15.2 during the 2012-2013 season. The Kings didn't come close to sniffing a playoff spot during Evans' time in Sacramento, and he was eventually traded to New Orleans prior to the 2013-2014 season.

Verdict: A fast start set the bar high for Evans, who failed to live up to expectations after his promising rookie year. Fast forward five years, and Evans is no longer with the team that drafted him. Chalk this one up to a loss for the Kings.


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