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The Best Sacramento Kings of All Time

Updated June 3, 2019 30.1k votes 4.4k voters 47.6k 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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  • Dražen Petrović1
    1,983
    109

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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    #4 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#8 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Adrian Smith2
    11
    28

    Adrian Smith

    Point guard

    Age83

    BirthplaceFarmington, Kentucky

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors

  • DeMarcus Cousins3
    637
    1,104

    Age30

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    Number15

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #43 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#7 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • Marvin Bagley III4
    65
    120

    Marvin Bagley III

    Power forward

    Number35

    TeamsSacramento Kings

  • Vince Carter5
    140
    244

    Vince Carter

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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    #393 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#3 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

  • Walt Williams6
    20
    46

    Walt Williams

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

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

  • De'Aaron Fox7
    66
    67

    De'Aaron Fox

    Point guard

    TeamsSacramento Kings

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    #14 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#8 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

  • Pervis Ellison8
    12
    29

    Pervis Ellison

    Power forward, Center

    Age52

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

  • Scot Pollard9
    55
    105

    Scot Pollard

    Power forward, Center

    Age44

    BirthplaceMurray, Utah

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

  • Zach Randolph10
    60
    113

    Zach Randolph

    Power forward, Center

    Age39

    BirthplaceMarion, Indiana, United States of America

    Number50

    TeamsSacramento Kings

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    #308 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#35 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Ben McLemore11
    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

  • Olden Polynice12
    17
    41

    Age55

    BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Seattle Supersonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

  • Rudy Gay13
    226
    400

    Rudy Gay

    Small forward

    Age33

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Number22

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

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    #10 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#83 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Tyreke Evans14
    150
    269

    Tyreke Evans

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceChester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number13

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    #5 of 46 The Greatest Memphis Basketball Players of All Time#49 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Jimmer Fredette15
    58
    110

    Jimmer Fredette

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceGlens Falls, New York

    Number7

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    #6 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#163 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Hedo Türkoğlu16
    139
    248

    Hedo Türkoğlu

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceGaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

    Number15

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic

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    #35 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#32 of 151 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

  • Marcus Thornton17
    24
    50

    Marcus Thornton

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Number23

  • Jason Thompson18
    27
    58

    Jason Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age33

    BirthplaceMount Laurel Township, New Jersey

    Number34

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    #15 of 33 Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked#22 of 142 The Best NBA Players From New Jersey

  • Bobby Jackson19
    164
    294

    Bobby Jackson

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceSalisbury, North Carolina

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Duane Causwell20
    13
    32

    Age51

    BirthplaceQueens Village, New York City, New York

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Miami Heat

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    #79 of 347 The Best NBA Players from New York#21 of 57 The Greatest Temple Basketball Players of All Time

  • Eddie Johnson21
    33
    69

    Eddie Johnson

    Small forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

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    #48 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#110 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • Mike Bibby22
    454
    791

    Mike Bibby

    Point guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceCherry Hill, New Jersey, USA

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

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    #11 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time#57 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Rajon Rondo23
    100
    183

    Rajon Rondo

    Point guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Number9

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #88 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#22 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

  • Corliss Williamson24
    50
    98

    Corliss Williamson

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age46

    BirthplaceRussellville, Arkansas, United States of America

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

  • Rodney McCray25
    13
    34

    Rodney McCray

    Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls