SACRAMENTO, CA - Anjali Ranadive, the youngest of NBA’s Sacaramento Kings team owner, Vivek Ranadive’s three children, represented the team at the NBA Draft Lottery night, drawing the number that ultimately gave the team the eighth overall pick in the June 26 NBA Draft. The Kings, which had an unspectacular season, were not expected to score a draft slot that high.
According to NBA commentators, The Kings, who were the seventh-worst team last season with a record of 28-54, got 43 lottery choices, had only a 4.3% chance of getting the first overall pick. Their chances of getting the #8 pick were much higher, however, at just 23.2%, and Ranadive managed to get that. Anjali Ranadive, an aspiring pop singer, and UC Berkeley graduate made a splash when she performed memorably at halftime during the Kings’ Bollywood Night celebration earlier this year. She is a regular at the Kings’ games.