The Sacramento Kings have become notorious as one of the most incompetent franchises in professional sports. This team has a rich history but recent decades of futility have all but erased any fond memories most fans have. As one of the oldest NBA franchises, players like Oscar Robertson have played for the team. He still leads many Kings’ team stats to the day.
Find the Kings as frequent underdogs on the NBA odds. The NBA futures boards should also feature Sacramento as a long shot. The Kings have both the longest active NBA Championship drought and playoffs drought.
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Sacramento Kings Stats & Team History
Most of the Kings’ success has come from the pre-Sacramento days. The team originated in the 1920s as a semi-professional team. In 1945, the franchise went pro as the Rochester Royals. It peaked with an NBA Championship in 1951… and everything went downhill right after.
The Royals relocated to Cincinnati in 1957. Oscar Robertson debuted with the team in 1960 and immediately became a superstar. He became the first NBA player to average a triple-double in a season, which he did only in his sophomore year in 1962. With Robertson, the Royals became a contender, though they never made it past the Division Finals.
In 1970, at the behest of new coach Bob Cousy, the Royals traded Robertson to Milwaukee. The team became terrible and fan support plummeted. In 1972, the franchise relocated again. In Kansas City, the Royals rebranded as the “Kings”.
It had one notable season: the 1980-81 season, where it advanced to the Conference Finals despite having a losing regular season record.
Finally, for the final time, the franchise moved. It settled in Sacramento in 1985. Fans supported their new team but it took the Kings until the early 90s to make progress. Mitch Richmond joined the Kings in 1991 via a trade. He quickly became the face of the franchise, consistently making All-Star appearances while leading the Sacramento Kings’ team stats.
However, Richmond’s efforts were in vain. Sacramento made one playoff appearance with him during the 1995-96 season. In 1998, he was traded to Washington for Chris Webber. Rick Adelman joined the team as the head coach. This began the best stretch for the Sacramento Kings, as they made eight straight post-season appearances.
With other stars like Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic, the Kings became a perennial contender. They won a franchise-best 61 games during the 2001-02 season, and became dubbed as the “Greatest Show on Court”.
However, the Kings could not get past their state rivals, the Lakers. In the 2002 NBA Playoffs, the Kings lost to them in seven games during the Conference Finals. The franchise never recovered and declined until its stars and coaches all left the team by the end of the 2005-06 season.
This was also the last time the Kings have had a winning season or made a playoff appearance. The Kings continue to struggle with no end in sight.
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