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The Best Sacramento Kings of All Time

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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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  • Dražen Petrović1
    1,935
    109

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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    #8 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#1 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Otis Thorpe2
    110
    195

    Otis Thorpe

    Power forward, Center

    Age58

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

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

  • Corliss Williamson3
    50
    93

    Corliss Williamson

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age46

    BirthplaceRussellville, Arkansas, United States of America

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

  • Darren Collison4
    51
    95

    Darren Collison

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceRancho Cucamonga, California, United States of America

    Number2

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

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    #17 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#49 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • Jimmer Fredette5
    58
    107

    Jimmer Fredette

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceGlens Falls, New York

    Number7

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    #6 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#162 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Duane Causwell6
    13
    30

    Age51

    BirthplaceQueens Village, New York City, New York

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Miami Heat

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    #89 of 347 The Best NBA Players from New York#24 of 57 The Greatest Temple Basketball Players of All Time

  • Garrett Temple7

    Age33

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Number17

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards

  • Marvin Bagley III8
    65
    117

    Marvin Bagley III

    Power forward

    Number35

    TeamsSacramento Kings

  • Bob Boozer9
    19
    42

    Bob Boozer

    Power forward

    AgeDec. at 75 (1937-2012)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks

  • Nate Williams10
    16
    37

    Nate Williams

    Shooting Guard, Small Forward

    Age69

    BirthplaceUnited States of America

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, New Orleans Jazz, Golden State Warriors

  • Otis Birdsong11
    46
    88

    Otis Birdsong

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age64

    BirthplaceWinter Haven, Florida

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

  • Rajon Rondo12
    100
    177

    Rajon Rondo

    Point guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Number9

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #85 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#22 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

  • Adrian Smith13
    11
    27

    Adrian Smith

    Point guard

    Age83

    BirthplaceFarmington, Kentucky

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors

  • De'Aaron Fox14
    66
    67

    De'Aaron Fox

    Point guard

    TeamsSacramento Kings

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    #12 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#25 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

  • Ben McLemore15
    41
    72

    Ben McLemore

    Shooting guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA

    Number23

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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    #27 of 49 The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time#97 of 97 The Best Current NBA Dunkers

  • Rudy Gay16
    226
    391

    Rudy Gay

    Small forward

    Age33

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Number22

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

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    #50 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#10 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time

  • Marcus Thornton17
    24
    49

    Marcus Thornton

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Number23

  • Scot Pollard18
    55
    102

    Scot Pollard

    Power forward, Center

    Age44

    BirthplaceMurray, Utah

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

  • Nick Anderson19
    34
    67

    Nick Anderson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

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    #11 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#19 of 25 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Arnie Risen20
    30
    61

    AgeDec. at 88 (1924-2012)

    BirthplaceWilliamstown, Kentucky

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Rochester Royals

  • Kenny Smith21
    73
    133

    Kenny Smith

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

  • Jack Twyman22
    80
    147

    Jack Twyman

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    AgeDec. at 78 (1934-2012)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Rochester Royals

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    #163 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#112 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Pervis Ellison23
    12
    29

    Pervis Ellison

    Power forward, Center

    Age52

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

  • Nemanja Bjelica24
    27
    55

    Nemanja Bjelica

    Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

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    #47 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#168 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Bobby Wanzer25
    14
    35

    Age98

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsRochester Royals