The Sacramento Kings have a very rich NBA history. This is a team that has its home base in the Golden Center, in Sacramento, California, playing as a part of the National Basketball Association Pacific Division in the Western Conference. They play in the same division as fellow Californian teams Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden Bay Warriors and out of state team Phoenix Suns. Interestingly enough, the Sacramento Kings are currently the only major league US sports team that is based in Sacramento.
The team has been around for around 100 years, making it one of the oldest teams in the history of basketball in the US. The franchise history originally began way back in 1923 as the semi-professional team, the Rochester Seagrams, based in Rochester, New York. After 20 years of play, they joined the NBA in 1945 and rebranded as the Rochester Royals and making quite a statement by winning the league Championship that very same season. Indeed, the Rochester Royals, as they were then, was a pretty successful team. However, due to monetary concerns, they decided to relocate to Cincinnati in 1957 rebranding again to the Cincinnati Royals.
This wouldn’t become the team’s permanent base – in fact, the team would move base again, just fourteen years later in 1971 to Kansas City, Missouri, where they became known as the Kansas City-Omaha Kings – because their games were initially split between Kansas City and Omaha in Nebraska. The team again didn’t manage to find success here and made their final relocation to Sacramento in the 1984-85 season. It was here that they finally found their feet and became known as the Sacramento Kings. Since then, their best period of play, in general, was in the early 2000s, especially the 2001-02 season, where they held the NBA best record with 61 wins and 21 losses – a winning percentage of 74.4%
An interesting fact about the Sacramento Kings is yet another one about retired jerseys. This time it’s in reference to The Sacramento King’s retired jersey number 6 up in the rafters. This is in honor of a specific group of Kings fans who call themselves ‘the sixth man’… they now have their very own jersey to honor their support throughout the years!
2021 Sacramento Kings Draft Picks
The Sacramento Kings haven’t been particularly inspiring in recent years, after having success in the early 2000s. This means that every single draft pick is important. Acquisitions and draft picks are vital if they want to start being in serious contention for any more titles in the near future. In this year’s draft picks. the team selected Davion Mitchell in the first round with the ninth pick. They also selected Neemias Queta in the second round with the 39th pick.
It was believed that Davion Mitchell would be a top seven prospect in the 2021 draft, which means that getting him at 9th pick was a great value pick. Mitchell has both the tenacity and skill combination that makes him a stunning prospect. He also has a unique defensive intensity that will work wonders for the team. He will no doubt provide the team with an immediate defensive presence in its backcourt, with the potential to become one of the NBA’s best on-ball defenders – even in his rookie year. He may not be one of the taller players – a diminutive 6ft 2 by basketball standards, but he’s tough and has natural leadership qualities. Sacramento Kings have really suffered due to defence inadequacies in the past season and there is hope and belief that Davion Mitchell’s athleticism should start to help them improve in the
Then there’s Neemias Queta. On the other hand, he’s huge – a 7 footer which is a giant, even in the NBA league! He was a dominant player even as a college player. He has already proven himself to be a decent scorer around the rim and is a player that manages to effectively use his size to swat shots at an impressive rate. He is a true rim protector – and this should have an immediate impact on the team’s overall effectiveness. The newsletter Sacramento Kings news articles are full of praise for the player, believing that this is a player that has real potential to become a great defender. However, there is also a belief that he may have trouble defending the perimeter, which could be taken advantage of by other teams. However, he will be able to certainly block and deter shots!
The Sacramento Kings NBA Greatest Team on the Court Era
The greatest era for the team began in 1998 when they drafted Jason Williams and traded for Chris Webber. This also coincided with Peja Stojakovic joining from Serbia – all of these acquisitions attributed to General Manager, Geoff Petrie, two-time winner of the NBA Executive of the Year Award. Led by Rick Adelman, the new Head Coach and assisted by Pete Carril, they impressed with their offense and in the 1998-89 season then had their first winning season in 20 years – and the first win as Sacramento Kings.
There weren’t so many trades in 1999-2000, and this saw them finishing 8th in the Western Conference and again making the playoffs – however, again they failed to move forwards. In the following season, they traded Corliss Williamson for Doug Christie to tighten the defense and drafted Hedo Turkoglu. This made huge improvements and in February 2001 their bench was dubbed ‘The Greatest Show on Court’ by Sports Illustrated. They managed a 55-27 record, which was their best in forty years. They also win their first playoff series in 20 years by beating Phoenix Suns by three games to one – but then losing to the LA Lakers.
In July 2021, the team traded Jason Williams and Nick Anderson for Mike Bibby and Trent Price, for more stability and control. They also re-signed Webber, securing his place as a team superstar. Here, they had their best season to date. Although they weren’t flashy or dazzling, they were effective and disciplined and finished with the league’s best record of 61-21 – with 36 of the 41 wins being at home. Their first two playoff matches were won easily but yet again, they controversially lost out to the LA Lakers in seven games. This was a highly contentious loss – with many questioning the referees – after LA Lakers were awarded an insane amount of free thrown in the fourth quarter, and even newspapers such as the New York Post questioned the outcome, implying the game was rigged.
This was the closes the Sacramento Kings had gotten to the NBA Finals for many years, and losing out in such controversy was a huge crushing blow to the team… and proved to be the start of the team’s decline.
They did win the division in the following season, wanting to avenge such injustices but it was not to be – and an injury to Webber’s knee saw them losing the series in 7 games. There were many attempts at pushback in the next few years, but to no avail – and the team’s results started to drop.
Moving Forward as a Team
They have added two very decent players to the team in the 2021 lottery draft picks. This comes after the resignation in August 2020 of their General Manager Vlade Divac. They then named Joe Dumars from Detroit Pistons as interim Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. In addition, they added to their team Monte McNair, the former Houston Rockets Executive who had enjoyed thirteen years of working under Daryl Morley. With big changes being made to the back team, they also invested in the team, giving Blue Owl Capital a 5% stake in the team with a valuation of $1.5 billion.
This is a team that is looking to plug defensive gaps and invest heavily in both the players and executive team, hopefully giving them the chance to start improving their performances in the upcoming seasons.
Current Sacramento Kings Players Under Contract
- De’Aaron Fox
- Buddy Hield
- Harrison Barnes
- Marvin Bagley III
- Richaun Holmes
- Tristan Thompson
- Davion Mitchell
- Maurice Harkless
- Tyrese Haliburton
- Terence Davis
- Alex Len
- Damian Jones
- Chimezie Metu
- Jahmi’us Ramsey
- Robert Woodard II
Current Sacramento Kings Free Agents
- Terence Davis (restricted)
- Kyle Guy
- Maurice Harkless
- Richaun Holmes
- Hassan Whiteside
Sacramento Kings 2021 NBA Draft
- Davion Mitchell
- Neemias Queta
Previous Sacramento Kings Draft Selections Since 2000
Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team
2021 1 9 Davion Mitchell PG 22 Baylor
2021 2 39 Neemias Queta C 22 Utah State
2020 1 12 Tyrese Haliburton PG 20 Iowa State
2020 2 35 Xavier Tillman Snr PF 21 Michigan State
2020 2 43 Jahmi’us Ramsey PG 19 Texas Tech
2020 2 52 K.J Martin F 19 IMG Academy (Florida)
2019 2 40 Justin James SG 22 Wyoming
2019 2 47 Ignas Brazdeikis SF 20 Michigan
2019 2 60 Vanja Marinkovic G 22 KK Partizan
2018 1 2 Marvin Bagley III PF 19 Duke
2018 2 37 Gary Trent Jr SG 19 Duke
2017 1 5 De’Aaron Fox PG 19 Kentucky
2017 1 10 Zach Collins C 19 Gonzaga
2017 2 34 Frank Mason G 23 Kansas
2016 1 8 Marquese Chriss PF 18 Washington
2016 2 59 Isaiah Cousins G 22 Oklahoma
2015 1 6 Willie Cauley-Stein C 21 Kentucky
2014 1 8 Nik Stauskas SG 20 Michigan
2013 1 7 Ben McLemore SG 20 Kansas
2013 2 36 Ray McCallum PG 22 Detroit-Mercy
2012 1 5 Thomas Robinson PF 21 Kansas
2012 2 36 Orlando Johnson GF 23 UC Santa Barbara
2011 1 7 Bismack Biyombo PF 18 Urbas Fuenlabrada (Spain)
2011 2 35 Tyler Honeycutt F 20 UCLA
2011 2 60 Isaiah Thomas PG 22 Washington
2010 1 5 DeMarcus Cousins C 19 Kentucky
2010 2 33 Hassan Whiteside C 21 Marshall
2009 1 4 Tyreke Evans G 19 Memphis
2009 1 23 Omri Casspi F 21 Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
2009 2 31 Jeff Ayres FC 22 Arizona State
2008 1 12 Jason Thompson PF 21 Rider
2008 2 42 Sean Singletary PG 22 Virgina
2008 2 43 Pat Ewing F 24 Georgetown
2007 1 10 Spencer Hawes C 19 Washington
2006 1 19 Quincy Douby G 22 Rutgers
2005 1 23 Francisco Garcia GF 23 Louisville
2004 1 26 Kevin Martin SG 21 West Carolina
2004 2 48 Ricky Minard G 21 Morehead State
2002 1 28 Dan Dickau G 23 Gonzaga
2002 2 47 Corsley Edwards PF 23 Centrak Connecticut State
2001 1 25 Gerald Wallace F 18 Alabama
2001 2 54 Maurice Jeffers SG 22 Saint Louis
2000 1 16 Hedo Turkoglu F 21 Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
2000 2 45 Jabari Smith C 23 LSU
Sacramento Kings FAQs
Where is Davion Mitchell From?
Davion Mitchell was drafted in the 2021 NBA draft picks from Baylor. Although he is only 6ft 2, he promises to bring defensive skill and real athleticism to the team
How Many First Round Picks Did Sacramento Kings Have in 2021?
The Sacramento Kings just had the one first-round pick, with which they drafted Davion Mitchell with their ninth pick.
Will Ben Simmons Move to Sacramento Kings?
Although sidebar Kings news suggests that the Philadelphia 76ers will only part ways with Ben Simmons if they offer up a trade package that includes either De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton, they are not prepared to do so, so it is unlikely that this move will take place in the near future.
Who is Better – Toronto Raptors or Sacramento Kings?
The form of both teams changes from time to time. In the last game, Sacramento Kings managed to beat the Toronto Raptors with Harrison Barnes scoring 26 points to help them to a 126-124 victory. Kyle Lowry said that this loss was purely down to bad defense. This was a very close game though, and both teams are capable of winning on any given night.
When Will Cade Cunningham Play for the Kings?
Originally a college player for Oklahoma City, Cade Cunningham was a highly sought after player. This means that he was the first pick in the first round of drafts in 2021 – which went to Detroit Pistons. Whether or not he will eventually find his way to the Kings in future trade remains to be seen.