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    Sacramento Kings Franchise Information

    Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the Sacramento Kings to get you started: 

    Established:1923
    Stadium:Golden 1 Center
    Colours:Purple, slate gray & black
    Hall of Famers:Bob Davies, Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman, Bobby Wanzer, Clyde Lovellette, Nate Archibald, Arnie Risen, Maurice Stokes, Ralph Sampson, Guy Rodgers, Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis, Jo Jo White & Vlade Divac
    Hall of Fame Coaches:None
    Rivals:Los Angeles Lakers
    Legends:Oscar Robertson, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Mitch Richmond, Jason Williams, Spud Webb, Vlade Divac, Mike Bibby, Jack Twyman, Jerry Lucas, Bobby Wanzer & Nate Archibald
    Retired Numbers:1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16, 21, 27 & 44
    Conference: Western Conference
    Division:Pacific Division
    NBA Championships1: 1951

    Sacramento Kings History

    Initially formed as a semi-professional team in 1923 as the Rochester Seagrams, the franchise joined the National Basketball League as the Rochester Royals in 1945. The Royals played in the NBL for three seasons before joining the Basketball Association of America, now known as the National Basketball Association, in 1948. 

    Stars such as Bob Davies and Red Holzman led the team during this time, and due to their previous success in the NBL, made immediate impact in the BAA, finishing on top of the West before falling to the Minneapolis Lakers in the West Finals in 1949. 

    The BAA then became the NBA in the 1949 off season and the Royals continued their regular season success, finishing on top of their division again, however falling in the first round to the Fort Wayne Pistons. 

    Led by Davies and Holzman, the Kings broke through to win their only NBA Championship in 1951, defeating the Pistons and the Lakers on the way to the Finals, before defeating the New York Knicks 4-3. 

    The team managed to make the playoffs in the next four seasons, but were unable to make the Finals again, and the Royals were struggling financially, causing them to sell most of their players from their championship team except lead guard Bobby Wanzer. 

    The NBA even hosted the All Star Game in Rochester to help with funds, but after selling their star players the team was unable to have on-court success, leading to ownership to move the Royals to Cincinnati.

    The Royals made the playoffs in their first season in Cincinnati led by newly acquired Clyde Lovellette and George King, but almost fell apart after superstar Maurice Stokes suffered a concussion when he fell chasing a rebound which later caused a seizure on the plane back to Cincinnati, causing him to be permanently hospitalised. 

    Six players retired on the spot due to shock and fear of witnessing what happened and the Royals almost didn’t survive. Lovellette and King were among the players who retired, leaving Jack Twyman to rise to star level play, despite the team posting consecutive 19 win seasons. The poor performance allowed the Royals to draft Oscar Robertson in 1960. 

    Robertson won Rookie of the Year in his first season and then led the Royals to the playoffs in the following six seasons, averaging a triple double for the entire season in 1961-62, and winning MVP in 1964. 

    Jerry Lucas was drafted in 1963 and won 1964 Rookie of the Year, and combined with Robertson led the Royals to their second straight division finals, but were outplayed by the Boston Celtics both years. 

    The 1967-68 season was the first of five straight seasons of missing the playoffs for Cincinnati, which saw Lucas traded in 1969 and Robertson traded in 1970 and eventuated in the franchise having to relocate for a second time, moving to Kansas City. 

    The Kansas City-Omaha Kings played for three seasons from 1972 to 1975, making the playoffs only once in 1975, before becoming the Kansas City Kings in that offseason. During this time Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald led the team in front of big crowds and played with an electric playing style that saw him be the first player to lead the league in scoring and assists. Poor management led to Archibald being traded and more mediocrity for the Kings. 

    The year of 1979 saw Phil Ford win Rookie of the Year and Cotton Fitzsimmons win Coach of the Year, with the team winning a division title and finishing second in the Western Conference, unfortunately bowing out in the first round to the Phoenix Suns. 

    The Kings would be bumped by the Suns in the first round the following year but 1981 saw them defeat the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round to set up a match up with the Suns again. Kansas City was able to overcome Phoenix this time making the Western Conference Finals for the first time, falling to the Houston Rockets 4-1. 

    The Kings would only make the playoffs once over the next four seasons, with the team eventually losing fans to the indoor soccer team, the Kansas City Comets. The team relocated to Sacramento, becoming the third Californian team in the NBA. 

    Sacramento made the playoffs in the first season at their new home, but then only made the playoffs one in the next 12 seasons, being eliminated in the first round in both of those instances. 

    The 1998 offseason saw the Kings traded for Chris Webber, drafted Jason Williams, signed Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic finally made it to the team after playing in Serbia for two seasons after being drafted in 1996, turning the fate of the franchise around after years of failure. 

    Williams and Webber made an immediate connection with stellar play from all four new arrivals. Webber led the league in rebounds while being named to the All-NBA second team, with Williams being named to the All-NBA Rookie first team. This group’s first two seasons together saw them make the playoffs but be defeated in the first round by the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999 and 2000. 

    Moving Stojakovic to the starting line up saw the Kings improve even further, finishing with more than 50 wins for just the second time in franchise history. They would defeat the Suns in the first round, before facing the Lakers in the second round. The Kings were no match for Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, with LA sweeping Sacramento. 

    Williams was traded following the sweep, with Mike Bibby, who the Kings received in the trade, becoming the new point guard for the team. With a much more controlled and disciplined Bibby at the helm, Sacramento went on to have their best ever season, finishing 36-5 at home on the way to a 61-21 record, good enough for the top seed in the Western Conference, the first and only time the franchise achieved this feat. 

    The Kings made easy work of the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks, setting up a third straight battle with the Lakers. In what is one of the greatest playoff series of all time, many thought that there was foul play and tampering at the hand of the league, especially in game six with the Kings leading 3-2. The Lakers were awarded 27 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, allowing them to get back in the game and tie the series, with the Kings eventually losing 4-3. 

    The 2002-03 season saw Sacramento hungry for revenge. They were determined to face the Lakers and change the outcome from the previous three offseasons, but after winning the division and the Jazz in the first round, Sacramento were unable to overcome the Mavs, falling in seven games. 

    A Webber injury he sustained in the series against the Mavs meant that he returned to the 2003-04 season without his usual explosiveness, and although the Kings were able to make the playoffs and defeat the Mavs in the first round, a Kevin Garnett led Minnesota Timberwolves were too much for Sacramento to handle, losing 4-3. 

    After a two consecutive second round exits from the playoffs, the Kings lost three starters via trade or free agency, suffering chemistry issues and only just making the playoffs the next two years, being defeated in the first round both times. 

    The year of 2006 was the last time the Kings would make the playoffs, with Sacramento holding the longest active streak and second longest streak of all time of consecutive seasons without making the playoffs, at 14 seasons. 

    The team had hope when drafting Tyreke Evans with the fourth pick of the 2009 draft. Evans went on to be the fourth rookie in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, winning 2010 Rookie of the Year. The team then drafted dominant Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, who came third in the 2011 Rookie of the Year voting. 

    Despite the outstanding performances of Evans and Cousins, the Kings struggled due to poor coaching and role players surrounding the pair. The Kings drafted 5’9 guard Isiah Thomas with the last pick in the 2011 draft, and his performance outplayed his height and his draft position, earning the starting spot by the end of the season and complementing both Evans and Cousins nicely. 

    Cousins made the All Star Game in 2015, highlighting his incredible performance despite the team struggling with him as the star. After more poor performances, in 2017 the Kings traded Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans for a package of players including Buddy Hield. 

    Following decreased performance after trading their star, the Kings were awarded the fifth pick in the 2017 draft, where they selected Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox. The 2018 draft saw the Kings select Duke forward Marvin Bagley, forming a young trio with Fox and Hield, with Sacramento hoping these three will help break the record streak of missing the playoffs. 

    After finishing nine games and three games behind eighth place in the last two seasons, there is hope that the Kings young core will get there soon, but being in a strong Western Conference and a strong Pacific Division, led by the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors and Suns will make it tough for the Kings to contend any time soon. 

    This was evident in the 2020-21 season when all four other Pacific Division teams finished eighth or higher in the West standings, with the Kings coming in at 12th. De’Aaron Fox continues to get overlooked and is a brilliant player stuck in a terrible situation while Tyrese Haliburton, the 12th pick in the 2020 draft, is an absolute stud.

    The Sacramento Kings have been one of the worst teams in the NBA for some time now. They had another rough season in 2021-22 as they finished with a record of 30-52 and in 12th place in the Western Conference.

    Expert 2022-23 Picks & Preview on Sacramento Kings

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Kings’ chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:

    The Kings are seemingly in a point of limbo after finishing outside of the play-in tournament with just 31 wins last season. The team does have some young pieces who appear to have bright futures but they haven’t shown enough to bring optimism to this franchise. Will the Kings be able to change their fortunes after a bad offseason, or will they remain near the bottom of the Western Conference?

    Front Office 

    The Kings have been under the leadership of head coach Luke Walton since 2019 but have won just 31 games in each of the 2 seasons he has been head coach. After his playing career, Walton quickly ascended up the coaching ranks and became a head coach just 3 years after his playing career ended. In those 5 seasons, 3 with the Lakers and 2 with the Kings, Walton hasn’t had a single winning record during a season.

    Walton’s selection as coach was a tad surprising due to his lack of a winning record during his coaching stint at the Lakers. Walton will likely be on the chopping block if he can’t lead the Kings to a winning record this season, in fact, Walton likely won’t be a head coach in the league anymore if he fails to lead the team to a winning record.

    This offseason the Kings have had a bit of a shocker as they have brought back most of the same players from their last season making no real major changes. The biggest move the team made was drafting Davion Mitchell 9th overall. Davion Mitchell may get the opportunity to shine on this bad roster but he isn’t enough to change the fortunes of this team. The other move the Kings made that is noteworthy is the addition of Tristian Thompson via trade. 

    Although Thompson does provide some help defensively, the Kings have not done enough to fix the holes in their roster. For a team that had the worst defensive rating in the league last season and the 2nd worst defensive rating IN NBA HISTORY, they did almost nothing to make their defense better. This may be a rough season for the Kings as the front office has done nothing to help the team.

    Key Players

    The key to the Kings’ season will be De’Aaron Fox. Fox is the team’s best player and is coming off the best season of his young career. Fox averaged 25.2 points per game, 7.2 assists and 1.5 steals a game. If Fox can make the leap into stardom, we can certainly see the Kings reaching the playoffs. However, this will be a big leap for the young start which will involve him improving his efficiency. 

    His true shooting percentage of 56.5% is decent but he will need to push that figure into the 60% range to rank among the best in the league. This will have to come from his 3 point shooting which is the most inconsistent part of his game as he shoots just 32.2%. If Fox can improve his shooting and efficiency, he could drag the Kings into the play-in tournament singlehandedly. 

    The second most important player on this Kings roster is a bit unorthodox but we think it is the rookie Davion Mitchell. The Kings were absolutely horrible on defense last year and is a big reason why they lost so many games. The biggest addition to fix their defense was the rookie Mitchell who was touted as the best on-ball defender in the draft. We saw a glimpse of his defensive capabilities in the Summer League where Mitchell was named co-MVP. 

    If Mitchell can improve this Kings defense to even a middle of the ground unit with his smothering on-ball defense, the Kings could see themselves in the playoffs. In fact, last season they were 12th in the league in offensive efficiency, so a bump up in their defensive rating would likely help change the team’s trajectory.

    Breakout Player

    The team’s breakout player is going to be Marvin Bagley. Bagley is part of the group of players drafted before Luka Doncic and thus has been greatly disappointing throughout his career. Bagley averaged 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds a game last season and has plenty of room to reach his full potential. 

    He is only 22 years old and has continued to develop his body. After an extended offseason, Bagley has added a heap of muscle and has been engaged on both ends of the court in the preseason. If Bagley can become a bigger presence on the interior, improve his good shooting and become a more engaged defender (like he has shown in preseason play), Bagley could become one of the league’s most improved players and help lead the team to the playoffs.

    Sacramento Kings Betting & Odds Preview 2022-23

    The 2021-22 season is over and we take a look back at the Sacramento Kings betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Kings before the start of the previous season:

    After a disappointing season and uncertainty surrounding which of their young stars will stay with the team this offseason, Sacramento’s 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opened at +25000. This was seen as too high and brought in to +15000 just before the draft.

    If anybody fell for the shift in odds and placed a futures bet on the Kings, they would have been greatly disappointed. Sacramento never looked like making the playoffs, dishing up a terrible defense on a nightly basis.

    That terrible defense resulted in a lot of Kings’ games going OVER their total points line early in the season. Throughout the first half of the year they were a top five O/U team but the sportsbooks adjusted and they finished with just a 35-35-2 record. They were 21-14-1 at home and just 14-21-1 on the road.

    Sacramento finished the 2020-21 season with a negative record against the spread, 34-37-1. Weirdly, they were just 13-22-1 ATS at home, fourth worst in the league, but 21-15 on the road.

    Sacramento Kings FAQ

    Still got some burning questions about the Sacramento Kings? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Sacramento Kings play?

    The Sacramento Kings play their home games at the Golden 1 Center. 

    Who owns the Sacramento Kings?

    Vivek Ranadive is the owner of the Sacramento Kings. Ranadive bought the team in 2013. 

    Have the Sacramento Kings won an NBA Championship?

    The Sacramento Kings have won 1 NBA Championship in 1951. 

    Who is the Sacramento Kings coach?

    Mike Brown is currently the coach of the Sacramento Kings. 

    Do the Sacramento Kings play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Sacramento Kings are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Sacramento Kings games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Sacramento Kings record?

    The Sacramento Kings had a 30-52 win-loss record for the 2021-22 NBA season. 

    Did the Sacramento Kings win last night?

    Fans of the Sacramento Kings are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Sacramento Kings worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Sacramento Kings are worth $2 billion. 

    Who do the Sacramento Kings play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NBA, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Sacramento Kings play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Sacramento Kings?

    You can watch the Sacramento Kings on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or NBC Sports California or subscribe to NBA League Pass. 

    Will the Sacramento Kings make the playoffs this year?

    The Sacramento Kings missed the playoffs in the 2021-22 season after finishing 12th in the West with a 30-52 record. 

    Will the Sacramento Kings get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?

    The Sacramento Kings did not receive the 1st pick in the 2022 NBA draft. 

    When do the Sacramento Kings play?

    Sacramento Kings fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the tip off time, location of the game and the all important NBA odds.

    Where did the Sacramento Kings finish the season?

    The Sacramento Kings finished the 2021-22 NBA season in 12th in the Western Conference. 

    How many games did the Sacramento Kings win?

    The Sacramento Kings won 30 games during the 2021-22 NBA season.