Cuttino Mobley – 2004-’05
Cuttino Mobley had a short yet memorable stay in Sacramento, and he has one of the highest-scoring averages of any of our other one-hit wonders. While Mobley technically only spent half of a season with the Kings, it was while the franchise was just about to descend from its peak of popularity and still had some gas in the tank, as well as a short playoff run.
Mobley arrived in Sacramento in 2005 via trade from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Doug Christie. Christie was yet another one of the pieces from the Kings’ hay day to be shipped off, but his replacement wasn’t half bad. Mobley averaged 17.8 points in 43 games for Sacramento and his 43.9 percent average from beyond the arc was the third highest in the entire NBA that season.
He was the fourth-leading scorer on a team that had just traded away its franchise centerpiece in Chris Webber and was trying for one last run before the rest of the band broke up. Sacramento met the Seattle Supersonics in the playoffs that year. Ray Allen torched the Kings, scoring 32 points per game and the Sonics won in convincing fashion, 4-1.
Mobley was inconsistent, scoring 20+ in two games and in single digits in two others. But he was one of the reasons why the Kings qualified for the playoffs in the first place, and certainly deserves a spot on our list.