Sacramento Kings using fan data to improve their Draft

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The Sacramento Kings are utilising the league's very first crowdsourcing programme to help the front office of the franchise decide what they will do with their first round selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The NBA draws ever closer to the annual draft and the future's of many franchises are set to be decided in what is being considered one of the deepest and most talented draft for many years.

An online feature was produced by who showed a video piece of the situation developing in Sacramento in regards to a crowdsource programme they are using to help their draft.

Grantland featured the above video on Tuesday and it enabled viewers to grasp the concept of crowdsourcing along with behind the scenes footage of the Kings front office developing a plan for their 8th overall selection in the upcoming NBA draft.

Sacramento Kings General Manager Pete D'Alessandro made a call to the NBA analytics community for analysis on what direction the team should go with their number one pick.

They received thousands of admissions from many NBA fans all across the United States and selected nine individuals from the applicants to aid with the process.

D'Alessandro spoke on the matter: "As the crowd kind of goes through the process, it's changing the way we feel about some of the picks and our own team, in fact,"

The Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive is pictured in the video alongside D'Alessandro and Chris Mullin, they discuss many prospects who may be selected by the team with just two weeks before the draft is set to begin.

Throughout the video, they speak with many experts who range in their proficiency in analytics and the general consensus of the group seems to be that trading their draft pick would be the best possible outcome for the Kings.

D'Alessandro on the other hand seems to have a more adventurous mentality, the lifespan of a General Manager can be short if the team performs below expectations, they are expected to turn the fortunes of a franchise very quickly and the Kings man seems driven to aim big.

He spoke throughout the video of how he feels he may need to gamble: "When you look at like this draft, we go beyond eight in terms of guys we would love in this draft, If you think about it, and you're not in the top three or four, why not go for it? Why not go for it, like, and just say: 'I want the guy with the highest percentage for upside -- and I'm willing to take that risk.'"

This is just part one of the series entitled "Draft 3.0" and the video itself finishes with "to be continued" so keep any eye out for any more developments featuring the Sacramento Kings and the help of Crowdsourcing.

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