9 Sacramento Kings Players That You May Have Forgotten

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#7. Kevin Ollie – 7 games

While the most successful portion of Kevin Ollie‘s basketball career came as a coach, he spent 13 years bouncing the NBA playing for 12 different franchises. His stop in Sacramento took place early in his career, during the 1998-’99 strike-shortened season. The Kings signed him in late January of 1999 and he made seven appearances for the franchise. He averaged 9.7 minutes and 1.7 points per game.

Ollie served as a backup to starting point guard Jason Williams. He was released after 29 days in Sacramento.

#8. Vernon Maxwell – 46 games

Like many of the players on this list, Vernon Maxwell‘s short stint in Sacramento came during his declining NBA years. But he enjoyed a two year mini-resurgence in his mid-30s that began with his season with the Kings. Maxwell’s scoring numbers had been on a steady decline since he averaged over 17 points during the 1991-’92 season, and he was all the way down to 6.8 per game by his tenth season in the league.

Interestingly, Maxwell signed with the Kings just one day after Kevin Ollie, though he lasted far longer. He received a handful of minutes more than the season before, and he upped his scoring average to 10.7 for the Kings, making him a solid addition off of the bench for that one year.

#9. Greg Ostertag – 56 games

The last player on our list would have been a Utah Jazz lifer if it wasn’t for his short stint in Sacramento. Greg Ostertag spent the first nine years of his career in Salt Lake City as a member of the best Jazz teams ever. He started in 93 games for them during their championship runner-up seasons, and remained with the franchise until 2004.

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Ostertag appeared in 56 games for Sacramento during the 2004-’05 season, backing up Brad Miller and Brian Skinner. He averaged 1.6 points in just under 10 minutes per game, and received plenty of DNPs throughout the season. He returned to Utah the following season to finish his career.