We had you vote on who your favorite Sacramento Kings player of the last 20 years was and unsurprisingly, Chris Webber is your winner.
There have been plenty of familiar faces and fan favorites that have played for the Sacramento Kings over the last 20 seasons. While it is easy to predict that many of the more popular players would come from the glory years of the early 2000s, there have been a handful in the time since as well.
We took 32 of who we thought were the more recognizable players that have donned a Kings jersey since the year 2000 and placed them in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. We ranked them by who we personally considered to be the most popular, and then placed them as seeds in the tournament. Then we had you, the fans, vote on each matchup over five days.
We received just over 9,000 votes in total. There were of course debates over our original seedings as there tends to be on projects like this, but the overall response to the bracket itself was positive.
(note: we did not include current players)
He was not our number one overall seed, but we had a feeling that he might come out on top in the fan polling. After five rounds of voting, you have determined that your favorite Sacramento Kings player of the last 20 years is Chris Webber.
Webber beat out Jason Williams, who made such a remarkable impact on the fans and the franchise that he made our final round despite playing just three seasons in a Kings’ uniform.
But it was Webber who was the face of the franchise during the most successful years of the team’s existence. He was the team’s leader and high-scorer, an All-Star regular who even received some MVP votes in his best season. There was no other King who came close to having the resume that Webber had.
It is no surprise that Webber is the victor here. Though, we did have Peja Stojakovic as our number one overall seed. He too was an All-Star who got a few MVP votes, and played over 140 more games in a Kings’ uniform than Webber did. We also factored in the fact that Stojakovic is now on the Sacramento coaching staff while Webber’s relationship with the current team is average at best.
All of that was not enough to beat out Webber, who defeated Williams in the final round of voting by a fairly wide margin. Another sparkling accolade for him to add to his resume: A Royal Pain’s Fan Favorite.