The Sacramento Kings may have had trouble staying in one place, but that hasn’t decreased the amount of talent in their history.
The Sacramento Kings are an interesting organization. They have the look and feel of an expansion team, one who just can’t seem to figure out how to build a winner, when in fact, they are basically the complete opposite as one of the oldest franchises in the league.
Founded in 1923 — over two decades before the launch of the NBA in 1946 — the Kings have bounced around from Rochester, to Cincinnati, to Kansas City, to, of course, Sacramento, all while trying to establish a winning culture.
Like with any team, no matter how many championships they’ve won or consecutive playoff misses, the Kings are a franchise littered with talented players, ranging from some of the all-time greats to ones who had incredible amounts of success in their time with the team. Sacramento may not be the most luxurious destination for free agents or incoming draftees, but it hasn’t stopped the organization from housing guys who many consider elite.
Recently, success hasn’t been a consistency in Sacramento, as the Kings have failed to qualify for the postseason since 2006, a 12-year drought that stands as the longest in the league, so for this list, things might get a little historic, as those times seem to really be the best for this organization.
No matter, because even if one doesn’t find themselves a true historian of the game of basketball, this list can still prove a unique and interesting perspective as it provides a window into Sacramento’s history. Some of these guys are relatively unknown. Others hold a special place in the hearts of Kings fans. No matter their role, though, they all provided something as a way to get onto this list.