NBA draft: Best-ever No. 60 picks, where Kings will select in 2019

Dalton Johnson
NBC Sports BayArea

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The Kings own the NBA draft's version of Mr. Irrelevant this year with the No. 60 overall pick. Well, the last time Sacramento had that selection, the player it took became pretty relevant. 

That was eight years ago, and the Kings certainly hope to find another steal with the last pick in the draft. It won't be easy, but there's been a few solid returns in the past when slotted with the 60th pick. 

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Here are the three best NBA players ever taken with that selection.

Isaiah Thomas, PG, Kings, 2011

Oh, to walk down memory lane. 

Sacramento selected the Washington point guard, who was small in stature but big in getting buckets, with the final pick of the 2011 draft. He instantly became a weapon as a rookie, averaging 11.5 points while shooting what's still a career-high 37.9 percent from 3-point range. 

Thomas lasted three seasons with the Kings before being traded to the Suns in June 2014. He averaged 15.3 points and 4.8 assists per game in Sacramento before blossoming in Boston, where Phoenix traded him in 2015. Thomas became a two-time All-Star with the Celtics, and was fifth in MVP voting for the 2016-17 season.

Due to injuries, Thomas has bounced around between the Cavs, Lakers and Nuggets the last two seasons, and has seen his numbers significantly fall. Still, he has made an impact in the league.

Michael Cooper, SG, Lakers, 1978

Cooper is the all-time wins shares leader for someone drafted No. 60 overall, according to Basketball Reference. While Thomas still is playing, Cooper (52.5) has 7.2 more wins shares than the ex-King's 45.3. 

The five-time NBA champion played in just three games as a rookie. He didn't even start a game until his fourth year in the league.

Cooper's real prowess was on defense, as he was voted the 1986-87 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The lanky 6-foot-5, 170-pound guard also made the All-Defensive team eight times. 

He was no slouch on offense, either, averaging 8.9 points per game during his 12-year career, all with the Lakers.

Drazen Petrovic, SG, Trail Blazers, 1986

The Hall of Famer spent just four seasons in the NBA, but they were quite impressive. Petrovic averaged 7.6 points per game off the bench as a 25-year-old rookie, then was traded by the Blazers to the Nets the next season. 

It was there that his career really took off. Petrovic averaged 19.5 points per game in 2.5 years as a Net, and was one of the most accurate 3-point shooters the game has ever seen, nailing 43.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. 

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Prior to his NBA career, Petrovic was an international star. He earned two silver medals and one bronze in the Olympics, and averaged 28.5 points per game for Real Madrid one season before being drafted by the Blazers.

Petrovic tragically died in a car accident in Croatia in 1993.

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