Sacramento Kings

Sport Basketball
Country United States United States
Home town Sacramento, Cali
Founding year 1945
Leagues National Basketball Association

The Sacramento Kings which is based in Sacramento California is a professional basketball team that is a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play in the Pacific division of the Western Conference. The team was founded in the year 1945. The team is owned by the Maloof family and Robin E. Hernreich. Presently Reggie Theus is the Head coach. Purple, Black, and Silver are the official colors of the Kings. The Kings in its history have changed their name several times. It was called as Rochester Royals in 1945-57, Cincinnati Royals in 1957-72, Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-75, Kansas City Kings in 1975-85 and now from 1985 its has been known by the name of Sacramento Kings.

In their debut season in 1946 the Kings won their first NBL championship. In 1947 The Kings has a score of 31-13 and they won the second NBL championship however the Chicago American Gears defeated them in the post-season tournament finals. In 1949 the Kings moved on to the NBA. In 1951 the Kings won the NBA title after the New York Knickerbockers were defeated 4 games to 3. Till date this is the last championship in the history of the franchise.

In the year 1990 which was one of the most disappointing in NBA history the team were able to win only 1 game after playing 40 games. In 1996 The Kings squeaked into the playoffs in 1996 largely due to the effort of star player Mitch Richmond, but they did not do well in the postseason.

Under the Reign of the Maloof family following the 2000 season, the Kings traded starting small forward Corliss Williamson to the Toronto Raptors for defensive shooting guard Doug Christie. With the addition of Bibby, the Kings had their best season till date in 2001-02. The team finished with a league-best record of 61-21 and stormed through the first two rounds of the playoffs and made it to the Finals where they faced the Lakers. They went down to the Lakers even after leading them by 3-2.

The Sacramento Kings play all their home games at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. The arena has a maximum capacity of 17,317. Many known names from the team like Nate Archibald, Jerry Lucas, Arnie Risen and Jack Twyman have made it to the Hall of Famers.

In the 2007-08 season the Kings were seeded 4th at the Pacific division. They won a total of 38 games out of 82 games and did not make it to the playoffs.

Major achievements

  • 5 Division titles
  • 1 Conference title (1951)
  • 1 NBA championship (1951)

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