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The Best Sacramento Kings of All Time

Updated June 3, 2019 27.2k votes 3.4k voters 46.0k views88 items

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A list of the best Sacramento Kings of all time. The Sacramento Kings have moved cities more than any other team in NBA history. Joining the NBA in 1949 as the Rochester Royals, the team experienced success. The Royals won its only championship, defeating the New York Knicks in 1951. These early Rochester teams featured nine future Pro Basketball Hall of Famers like Arnie Risen, Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman. In 1957, the team left Rochester for Cincinnati.

In Cincinnati, Oscar Robertson established himself as one of the best players in basketball history. The team was a constant contender with Robertson averaging a triple double in some season and winning the MVP Award and was a nine-time All Star. But management broke up those great teams and the best players in team history ended up being traded away, as was Robertson.

After moving to Kansas City and changing its name to the Kings, the team moved to Sacramento in 1985. It took the Kings a while, but at the end of the 1990s, the Kings finally had its most prosperous period since its early days. Franchise icons like Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic and Vlade Divac carried Sacramento as far as Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals in 2002. The Kings lost to the Lakers in that controversial series, but the players on that team remain some of the most beloved in Kings history.

This is a list of the best Sacramento Kings of all time. If you see someone who should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the best player in Royals/Kings history.
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  • 1
    Dražen Petrović
    1,302
    100

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

  • 2
    Vlade Divac
    476
    722

    Age52

    BirthplacePrijepolje, Serbia

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

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    #159 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#41 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • 3
    Sam Lacey
    51
    78

    Sam Lacey

    Center

    AgeDec. at 66 (1948-2014)

    BirthplaceIndianola, Mississippi

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #141 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#23 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s

  • 4
    DeMarcus Cousins
    654
    992

    Age29

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    Number15

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #8 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#7 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • 5
    Tom Van Arsdale
    25
    39

    Tom Van Arsdale

    Small forward

    Age76

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals

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    #23 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time#10 of 99 The Best NBA Players from Indiana

  • 6
    Otis Thorpe
    114
    174

    Otis Thorpe

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

  • 7
    Willie Cauley-Stein

    Age26

    BirthplaceSpearville, Kansas

    Number2

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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    #36 of 76 Every Athlete Signed To Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, Ranked#27 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • 8
    Marvin Bagley III
    65
    96

    Marvin Bagley III

    Power forward

    Number35

    TeamsSacramento Kings

  • 9
    Jack Twyman
    82
    125

    Jack Twyman

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    AgeDec. at 78 (1934-2012)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Rochester Royals

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    #114 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#152 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • 10
    Jimmer Fredette
    60
    90

    Jimmer Fredette

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceGlens Falls, New York

    Number7

  • 11
    Carl Landry
    51
    76

    Carl Landry

    Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Number7

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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    #13 of 33 Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked#76 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money

  • 12
    Vince Carter
    147
    132

    Vince Carter

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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    #1723 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#3 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

  • 13
    Zach Randolph
    63
    94

    Zach Randolph

    Power forward, Center

    Age38

    BirthplaceMarion, Indiana, United States of America

    Number50

    TeamsSacramento Kings

  • 14
    Yogi Ferrell
    13
    19

    Yogi Ferrell

    Point guard

    Age26

    BirthplaceGreenfield, Indiana

    Number3

    TeamsSacramento Kings

  • 15
    Rodney McCray
    14
    22

    Rodney McCray

    Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

  • 16
    De'Aaron Fox
    61
    13

    De'Aaron Fox

    Point guard

    TeamsSacramento Kings

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    #5 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#12 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • 17
    Larry Drew
    19
    30

    Larry Drew

    Point guard

    Age61

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

  • 18
    Nick Anderson
    35
    53

    Nick Anderson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

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    #107 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#18 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • 19
    Matt Barnes
    40
    39

    Matt Barnes

    Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceSanta Clara, California, United States of America

    Number22

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

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    #27 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#78 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • 20
    Mitch Richmond
    572
    869

    Mitch Richmond

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

  • 21
    Chris Webber
    827
    1,255

    Chris Webber

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

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    #2 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#17 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • 22
    Jason Williams
    542
    822

    Jason Williams

    Point guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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    #23 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#39 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

  • 23
    Corliss Williamson
    52
    80

    Corliss Williamson

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age46

    BirthplaceRussellville, Arkansas, United States of America

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons

  • 24
    Walt Williams
    21
    32

    Walt Williams

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

  • 25
    Hedo Türkoğlu
    144
    219

    Hedo Türkoğlu

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceGaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

    Number15

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic