The 10 greatest Sacramento Kings in history, ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

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7. Jerry Lucas

Jerry Lucas had an incredibly successful basketball career. He won an Olympic gold medal in 1960, won the 1964 Rookie of the Year award, made three All-NBA first teams, two All-NBA second teams, and seven All-Star games, and won the 1965 All-Star Game MVP award as well as a championship with the Knicks in 1973. 

After his playing career, he made the 50th and 75th NBA anniversary teams and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980. In 1962, Lucas was offered contracts by NBA and ABL franchises alike after playing overseas for a while. 

Eventually, he ended up playing for the Cincinnati Royals, who had held his draft rights since high school. In just his first NBA season, the Royals had three other All-Stars—Oscar Roberson, Wayne Embry, and Jack Twyman—and put together the second-best record in the league. 

The team never won a title while he was there, but Lucas is still one of the greats in Kings franchise history. With a PER of 19.2, he ranks seventh all-time in that category and owns several other milestones as well. He ranks, for example, tenth in points per game, first in rebounds per game, and second in minutes per game in franchise history.