The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division.
The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The team plays its home games at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings are one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball franchises in the nation.
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Kings’ 5 Matchups To Watch
On Wednesday, the NBA formally announced the schedule for all 30 teams s. On Wednesday, the NBA made its whole schedule available. All teams play 82 games with the same distribution of conference and division games, but now that we have some dates, it is interesting to look at particular matches.
Kings to face Blazers in 2022-23 opener
The Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are the opponents to start the season. On Wednesday, August 15, the NBA will reveal each team’s schedule, but as is customary, several key dates and matches have already leaked to the media.
Kings officially announce Mike Brown’s coaching staff
According to a statement from the team, the Kings have decided on their coaching staff for Mike Brown’s first campaign in Sacramento. Jordi Fernandez, a former Nuggets assistant who previously worked with Brown on the Nigerian national team, is joining the Kings as an associate head coach, as was previously reported.
NBA Writer Hypes Up The Kings For Several Key Reasons
The Sacramento Kings have spent many years on the outside looking in. For almost 20 years, they have failed to reach the playoffs. In fact, it has been so long since the Kings have been truly competitive that no active player has faced them in the postseason.
Kings Release Full Preseason Schedule
Sacramento will finally have the opportunity to watch their new team play. We have finally entered the season! The NBA’s preseason games will resume play in less than two months.
Early projections for Kings’ 2022-23 season
A brief assessment of Sacramento’s performance in the forthcoming season. The Sacramento Kings’ fans appear to be feeling quite positive about the next season based on the changes the team has made so far this offseason.
Kings Signing Quinn Cook To Training Camp Deal
According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN and Landscape, the Kings have agreed to a one-year contract with seasoned point guard Quinn Cook. Sacramento really tried out Cook and Matthew Dellavedova, who they have already signed, back in July.
Report: Kings sign Quinn Cook
Another piece of depth has been added by the Sacramento Kings. Quinn Cook, a seasoned guard, has joined the Sacramento Kings, Marc Spears of Andascape announced on Monday.
Quinn Cook Signs With New Team
To see the embedded media view the original article. Marc J. Spears of ESPN and Landscape reports that Quinn Cook and the Sacramento Kings have reached an agreement.
De’Aaron Fox officially ties the knot
Over the weekend, a superstar from the Kings married his longtime partner. De’Aaron Fox, a player for the Sacramento Kings, and his girlfriend Recee Caldwell wed last weekend after two years of engagement.
Sacramento Kings Sign 10-Year Veteran Wing
To see the embedded media view the original article. In an effort to break their current 16-year postseason drought, the Sacramento Kings have been making moves left and right this summer. On Sunday, they signed yet another veteran player with experience to their squad in an effort to make their dreams come true in the 2022–23 season.
History of Sacramento Kings
1945–1957: Rochester Royals
In 1945, Lester Harrison and his lawyer brother Jack pooled money to purchase an NBL franchise in Rochester, New York. After two successful seasons, they left the league to join the Basketball Association of America (BAA).
In 1948, the BAA absorbed the NBL, and the Royals moved to the BAA. The team had some success in their time in the BAA/NBA but was eventually sold and relocated to a larger city.
1957–1972: Cincinnati Royals
In 1957, the Harrison brothers moved the Royals to Cincinnati and helped turn the city into an NBA powerhouse. The team’s first season in Cincinnati was difficult, but All-Star Maurice Stokes’ tragic injury in the playoffs helped the team find success in the following two seasons. With Twyman leading the way, the team made it to the playoffs both times and eventually won two championships.
1960–1970: The Oscar Robertson era
In 1960, the Cincinnati Royals were able to land local superstar Oscar Robertson. Robertson led a team that included Twyman, Wayne Embry, Bob Boozer, Bucky Bockhorn, Tom Hawkins and Adrian Smith over the next three seasons. The Royals reversed their fortunes with Robertson and rose to title contender.
However, an ownership dispute in early 1963 scuttled the team’s playoff chances when new owner Louis Jacobs booked a circus for Cincinnati Gardens for the week of the playoff series versus the champion Boston Celtics. The Royals’ home games were at Xavier University’s Schmidt Field House.
In late 1963, another local superstar, Jerry Lucas, joined the team. The Royals rose to the second-best record in the NBA. From 1963 to 1966, the Royals competed strongly against Boston and the Philadelphia 76ers but won no titles.
1972–1985: Kansas City–Omaha/Kansas City Kings
The Royals were looking to move out of Kansas City, as the city was already home to two professional sports teams. The baseball Royals had been in Kansas City since 1954 and were quite popular. To avoid confusion, the team renamed themselves the Kings.
The Kings played their home games in the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City and then moved to the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha. They continued to play there through the 1977-78 season but then moved to St. Louis for the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons.
In 1972, the Kansas City Kings made their debut in the NBA. They were led by point guard Nate Archibald, who scored and assisted a record amount that season. Despite having some good players, the Kings traded Archibald and wasted high draft picks throughout the years.
In 1977, Larry Staverman replaced Archibald but was fired mid-season and replaced by Phil Johnson. Johnson lasted only two seasons before being replaced by Toby Kimball.
The Kings finished with a record of 48-34 in 1978 and missed the playoffs. However, they made it back the next year and then made it to the Finals in 1980, where they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers.
In 1978, the Kansas City Kings hired Cotton Fitzsimmons as their coach. Fitzsimmons led the team to a division title in 1979-80 and the Western Conference Finals in 1981.
However, the team could not build on these successes, as they were plagued by bad luck incidents. In 1984, the ownership group decided to move the team.
In 1983, a group of six businessmen from Sacramento, California, acquired the NBA’s Kings. They were very supportive of keeping the team in Sacramento and honored the lease for Kemper Arena that was set to expire in 1985.
However, they had the option to build an arena that could seat more than 16,000 people, which they never exercised. The Kings officially transferred from Kansas City on April 16, 1985.
1985–present: Sacramento Kings
In 1985, the Sacramento Kings moved to their current home in Sacramento, California. The team’s first season ended in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Despite fan loyalty and some poor management, the Kings saw little success in subsequent seasons.
In 1996, the Kings made the playoffs for the first time in years. Former Kings television broadcaster Jerry Reynolds and NBA legend Bill Russell were the earliest head coaches.
1988–1989: Ricky Berry
In the 1988 NBA draft, the 18th pick was Ricky Berry. The rookie had a dazzling year, shooting 40.6 percent from three-point range, and was also selected to the All-Defensive First Team. The following season, the Kings acquired Rodney McCray and Vinny Del Negro, both of whom made the All-Defensive First Team.
Michael Jackson and Ed Pinckney, two of the stars of the team from its inception in Kansas City, retired that season. Berry was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound just weeks before his 25th birthday.
1989–1990: Pervis Ellison
In the 1989-90 NBA season, following the loss of Ricky Berry, Pervis Ellison was drafted first overall by the Kings. Ellison would spend the majority of his rookie year on the sidelines due to an injury, after which he was traded to the Washington Bullets.
Wayman Tisdale would join the Kings in 1990, and the team would finish the season with a 37-45 record. In 1990, Danny Ainge was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, Kenny Smith was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, and Rodney McCray was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
1990–1991: Lionel Simmons
Lionel Simmons was drafted 7th overall by the Kings in the 1990 NBA draft. He would spend his entire career with the Kings, earning 5,833 points in 190 games. In the 1991-92 season, Antoine Carr joined the Kings and helped them make it to the playoffs.
The following season, Leon Wood joined the team and the Kings made it to the Finals but lost to the Chicago Bulls. Bill Wennington also joined the team in the 1992-93 season and helped them win the Pacific Division.
In the 1993-94 season, the Kings lost in the first round to the Houston Rockets. The next season, the Kings won the Pacific Division and made it to the Finals but lost to the Detroit Pistons. In the 1995-96 season, the Kings lost in the first round to the Portland Trail Blazers.
1991–1998: The Mitch Richmond era
In the early 1990s, the Sacramento Kings struggled on the road. However, they acquired Mitch Richmond, a player who had previously played for the Golden State Warriors, and things started to turn around. Richmond was an All-Star six times and made the All-NBA Second Team three times.
Garry St. Jean was the team’s coach from 1992 until 1997, and he helped the Kings reached the playoffs in 1996. After Richmond was traded away, the Kings finally managed to make the playoffs under new coach Eddie Jordan.
1998–2004: “The Greatest Show on Court” era
The Kings drafted Jason Williams in 1998. They signed Vlade Divac and traded for Chris Webber prior to the lockout-shortened season of 1998-99. Geoff Petrie is credited with these acquisitions as general manager.
The Kings’ Princeton offense impresses others with its quick style and strong ball movement. Some criticize the Kings for their poor team defense, Williams’s “flash over substance” Style with its many turnovers, and Webber’s failure to step up in important match-ups.
Still, they quickly garner many fans outside of California, many of whom are drawn to the spectacular pairing of Williams and Webber. In 1998-99, they went 27-23. The new arrivals Webber, Williams, and Divac all play key roles in this resurgence;
Divac ranks near the top of the team in most statistics; Webber leads the league in rebounds and is named David Aldridge, then an NBA analyst for ESPN, spoke on the controversial Game 6 of the 2005 NBA Finals in which the Kings lost to the Lakers. Aldridge criticized the officiating, specifically calling out the no-calls he felt cost the Kings the game.
In 2002, the Kings made it to the Western Conference Finals but lost to the Lakers. Many people believe that the game was rigged and that if the Kings had won, they would have been champions. But in 2003, Chris Webber got hurt, and the Kings couldn’t do the same things he could do, so they lost.
Changes hit the Kings hard in the off-season, as three starters from their 2002 championship team departed. In the 2004-05 season, they signed Brad Miller to start at center and traded Christie to Orlando for Cuttino Mobley.
Early in the season, Webber was traded to Philadelphia for Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas, and Brian Skinner. Thomas and Skinner failed to replicate Webber’s impact, and the team’s record suffered. The Kings lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Seattle SuperSonics.
The 2005 off-season continued with changes when they traded fan-favorite Bobby Jackson for Bonzi Wells and acquired free agent Shareef Abdur-Rahim. The 2005-06 season started poorly since the Kings had a hard time establishing team chemistry.
2006–2009: Change and transition
In 2006-07, after years of poor play and legal troubles for their stars, the Kings replaced coach Eric Musselman with Reggie Theus. They drafted Spencer Hawes, acquired Mikki Moore from the Nets, and signed Kevin Martin to a 5-year contract.
However, losses by key players coupled with poor attendance led to Theus’ firing in the middle of the 2008-09 season, and Kenny Natt was appointed interim head coach. The team continued to struggle, finishing the season with the NBA’s worst record.
In 2009, following a poor season and the firing of Natt, the Kings replaced him with Geoff Petrie, who announced the firing of Natt and his four assistants.
2009–2012: “Here we Rise” period
Despite having the best odds to win the top overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, the Kings obtained the 4th overall pick, the lowest they could possibly pick, to the outrage of many fans. Along with new head coach Paul Westphal, they selected Tyreke Evans. With the 23rd pick, they selected Omri Casspi from Israel.
On April 27, 2010, Evans was the first Sacramento-era player to receive the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Evans also became the 4th player in NBA history, joining Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James, to average 20 points, five rebounds, and 5 assists per game as a rookie.
On June 24, 2010, the Kings selected DeMarcus Cousins with the 5th pick of the 2010 NBA draft. They also selected Hassan Whiteside with the 33rd pick of the 2010 NBA draft.
2013–2015: Franchise restructuring
The Maloof family, longtime owners of the Sacramento Kings, reached an agreement to sell the team to a group led by Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive for a then-record NBA franchise valuation of $535 million.
Ranadive, 55, names Raj Bhathal, 71, founder of Tustin-based Raj Manufacturing, one of the largest swimwear companies in the nation, as one of the investors in a consortium to buy a majority stake in the Kings from the franchise’s longtime owners, the Maloof family, for a reported $348 million.
The group fought off a rival bid that would have moved the team to Seattle after the NBA’s Board of Governors rejected investor Chris Hansen’s bid to relocate the team. The new owners intend to keep the team in Sacramento.
On May 28, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale, ending Michael Malone was fired by the Sacramento Kings organization. Tyrone Corbin filled in for the Kings until Hall of Fame coach George Karl replaced him in February 2015.
Cousins’ selection marked the first time a Kings player earned All-Star honors since Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic represented Sacramento in 2004.
2015–2017: Divac as general manager, new arena
After a 29-53 season, the Kings made aggressive moves in the off-season in order to improve. They drafted Willie Cauley-Stein and acquired Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos, Marco Belinelli, and Caron Butler.
To free up cap space, they traded Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, a future top 10 protected first-round pick, and the right to swap two future first-round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights to second-round picks Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic.
While the 76ers gave up nearly nothing to acquire draft assets that would result in the selection of number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, the Kings remained one of the worst teams in the NBA.
2017–2020: Rebuilding post-DeMarcus Cousins
The Kings are a struggling team that is in need of a new head coach. The team recently fired their previous coach, Joerger, and hired Luke Walton, who is from the same coaching staff as LeBron James. The Kings have had some poor seasons recently, but they hope that with a new head coach and some new talent, they can turn things around.
2020–present: The Monte McNair and Mike Brown era
In 2020, the Sacramento Kings announced that general manager Vlade Divac would resign from his position. Joe Dumars, a former player and executive for the Detroit Pistons, will be named interim Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations; Dumars had joined the Kings as a special advisor in June of the previous year.
Monte McNair, a Houston Rockets executive, is hired as the franchise’s new general manager. With the Rockets, McNair spent thirteen years working under Daryl Morey, serving in various roles; he was most recently named assistant general manager in 2018.
Following this hire, interim executive Joe Dumars is named as the chief strategy officer of the organization. Other candidates for the position included Minnesota Timberwolves executive vice president Sachin Gupta, Denver Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth, and former Atlanta Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox.
Team logo, uniform and colors
A blue and white shield with the word “ROCHESTER” on top and a white banner with the word “ROYALS” was the initial elements of the Rochester Royals logo. The city name was always put in front of the blue road uniforms, while the team name was always written in front of the white home uniforms. Later on, during their time in Rochester, red accents were added.
The Cincinnati Royals basketball team has been playing in the NBA since 1957. Over the years, their logo and uniforms have changed to reflect the changing times. In the 1960s, they wore a uniform with the team name written vertically on the left side with the number on the right.
In 1971, they adopted a red crown with a blue half-basketball below it. The word “CINCINNATI”, in blue, was placed above the logo. The word “ROYALS”, in white, was placed on the crown. The logo change also reflected on the uniforms, now featuring a script ‘Royals’ in front with red numbers.
Kansas City–Omaha/Kansas City Kings
The Kansas City-Omaha Kings, who had changed their name and location, retained their logos and jerseys for the 1972–73 season. The Kings returned to reading the city name in front of their road uniforms in 1975 after relocating permanently to Kansas City.
The team name returned to the front of the road uniforms for the 1981–82 season, and the numbers adopted the same color schemes as the numbers on the back.
In 1985, the Kings relocated from Kansas City to Sacramento. For the first five seasons after the move, the team used different colors for their home and road uniforms. The home uniforms were royal blue, while the road uniforms were powder blue.
The striping patterns were also different between the two uniforms, with the script “Kings” Wordmark on the sides of the road shorts and basic side stripes on the home uniforms. In 1990, the uniforms changed slightly.
Royal blue was now used on the road, and the shorts now incorporated the Kings logo, and the name and number on the back switched places to the standard positions of the name being on the top, then the player’s number below it.
The player names were now in a standard monotone serif font which was used by several NBA teams. This version would mark the last time the classic script “Kings”.
Change to purple and black
The Sacramento Kings’ color scheme is purple, silver, black and white. The team debuted its unique color combination in 1994, and it was first used by the MLB’s Colorado Rockies in 1993.
The uniforms consist of one wide stripe running through the right leg of the shorts, with the primary logo prominently featured. From 1994 to 1997, a half-purple, half-black alternate uniform was used, which was panned by fans.
However, the uniform was revived for the 2012-13 season during Hardwood Classics Nights. A new purple uniform, which shares the same template as the home and road uniforms, was introduced in the 1997-98 season.
In 2002, the team changed their uniforms once again, this time adopting a modernized version of the “Kings” Script on the home jersey and the city name on the purple road jersey.
City special edition uniforms
In Sacramento, Nike released a special edition “City” Uniform that pays tribute to both local culture and team heritage. The 2017-18 uniforms feature a white and powder blue base with red trim, echoing the road uniform colors the team wore from 1985 to 1990.
Additionally, a recolored lion head logo in red and gray is emblazoned in front. For the 2018-19 season, the Kings tweaked the “City” Uniforms, replacing the lion head logo with the wordmark “Sactown”.
The same uniform design was carried over for the 2019-20 season, but with red as the base color and powder blue as the trim color. The “Sactown” Theme was retained for the 2020-21 “City” Uniform, but with four design cues taken from prior uniforms. The black base paid homage to the 1994-2002 black uniforms.
The Kings honored Oscar Robertson by wearing the white Cincinnati Royals outfit from the 1960s for a few games during the 2002–03 season. The Kansas City Kings’ white uniform from the middle of the 1970s was used for a few games the next year in Nate Archibald’s honor.
In order to commemorate the franchise’s 20th season in Sacramento, the Kings’ powder blue jerseys from the middle of the 1980s were first worn in 2004–05. They would return the next year as the team moved to Golden 1 Center, in 2015–16, the franchise’s final season at Sleep Train Arena.
The Rochester Royals’ 1950–51 championship squad was recognized by the Kings by donning throwback uniforms from that era throughout the 2010–11 season. In the 2014–15 season, the squad additionally wore blue variations of the Rochester throwbacks.
In honor of the franchise’s 35th season in Sacramento, the Kings brought back their blue uniforms from 1990 to 1994 for the 2019–20 campaign.
The Syracuse Nationals, who later changed their name to the Philadelphia 76ers, were the Royals’ main adversary before they relocated to Ohio. Upstate New York was thus left without a franchise until the Buffalo Braves were founded in 1970. The Braves relocated to San Diego, California, in 1978 to become the San Diego Clippers, ending their third effort.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were founded in 1970. As a result, the Royals gained a new foe, and Ohio gained a new team. The Royals relocated to Kansas City only a few years after this rivalry ended.
The St. Louis Hawks, an NBA franchise that was formerly based in St. Louis, Missouri, moved to Atlanta in 1968, preventing the Kings from developing a fresh rivalry with that team. The Kings became the first team in the state in four years as a result. After the Kings relocated to California 13 years later, Missouri was left without a club.
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Sacramento Kings stats
- Record: 30-52, Finished 12th in NBA Western Conference
- Coach: Luke Walton (6-11), Alvin Gentry (24-41)
- Executive: Monte McNair
- PTS/G: 110.3 (16th of 30) Opp PTS/G: 115.8 (29th of 30)
- SRS: -5.26 (25th of 30) Pace: 99.8 (8th of 30)
- Off Rtg: 109.9 (25th of 30) Def Rtg: 115.3 (27th of 30) Net Rtg: -5.4 (25th of 30)
- Expected W-L: 28-54 (25th of 30)
- Preseason Odds: Championship +25000, Over-Under 36.5
- Arena: Golden 1 Center Attendance: 577,583 (29th of 30)
- Record: 0-0, 1st in NBA Western Conference
- Coach: Mike Brown (0-0)
- Preseason Odds: Championship +75000
Sacramento Kings Roster 2022
Sacramento Kings Coach 2022
|Mike Brown||Head Coach|
|Jordi Fernandez||Associate Head Coach|
|Doug Christie||Assistant Coach|
|Jay Triano||Assistant Coach|
|Luke Loucks||Assistant Coach|
|Leandro Barbosa||Assistant Coach|
Where Do the Sacramento Kings Play?
The Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena located in Sacramento, California.
When Did the Kings Move to Sacramento?
In 1983 the Kings were again sold to an out-of-state ownership group, and, after playing two lame-duck seasons in Kansas City, the franchise moved to Sacramento in 1985.
How Many Championships Do the Kings Have?
The Sacramento Kings have won 1 championship all time.
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