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The Kings are a professional basketball team based out of Sacramento, California. They are part of the Western Conference Pacific Division, and they play their matches at the Golden 1 Center.

Sacramento Kings Brief History

The team was born as the Rochester Seagrams, a semi-professional team from New York, back in 1923.

They finally joined the NBL (National Basketball League) in 1945, and they rename themselves the Rochester Royals, managing to win the league’s title in their first season.

Later on, in 1948, they joined the BAA (Basketball Association of America), a forerunner of the NBA.

And, in 1951, they acquired their first and only NBA championship title.

But, as Rochester is a small market, the money wasn’t coming, and so despite the good results on the court, the team decided to relocate to Cincinnati in 1957.

In 1972, the team moved again, this time to Kansas City, becoming for the first time the Kings.

After finding little success in KC, the team relocated once again, and this time for good, to Sacramento, California, in 1985.

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Sacramento Kings Interesting Facts

  1. The Kings have relocated a total of five times since its inception, and this is the most in the history of the NBA.
  2. The original name of this franchise was the Seagrams, and the name was due to the Seagrams distillery located in Rochester.
  3. Before the merger of the NBL and the BAA, this franchise was one of the most successful ones in all of basketball. But their good times stopped rolling when they joined the NBA.

Sacramento Kings Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Championships: 1 (1951)
  • Conference titles: 1 (1951)
  • Division titles: 3 (1979, 2002, 2003)

Sacramento Kings Hall of Famers and Famous Players

Here’s a list of the top 3 Hall of Famers for the Sacramento Kings:

Oscar Robertson: He played with the Kings (Cincinnati Royals back then) for 10 seasons, acquiring the MVP honors in 1964. Robertson, who’s known as “The Big O” was the first player in the history of the NBA to average a triple-double for a season.

  • 10 seasons with the Kings, 1-time MVP, 12 times All-Star, averaged 29 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1980
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Jerry Lucas: He was the recipient of the Rookie of the Year award back in 1964, and also got the MVP honors in 1965.

  • 7 seasons with the Kings, 6 times All-Star, averaged 19 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1980
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Bob Davies: Along with Bobby Wanzer, Davies formed what’s considered to be one of the most effective backcourt duos in the NBA’s early years. And, Davies and Wanzer were the ones that led the Royals to their 1951 NBA title.

  • 7 seasons with the Kings, 4 times All-Star, averaged 14 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1970
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Sacramento Kings Rivalries

Before making a move to Ohio, the top rival for this team were the Syracuse Nationals, which later on became the Sixers.

And, after collecting a couple of transitional rivals, the team finally acquire a true nemesis, locals the Lakers.

The rivalry between these two Californian teams began in 1998 when the Kings traded for Chris Webber.

Plus, with outstanding matchups such as Shaquille O’Neal vs. Vlade Divac, this rivalry turned into one of the most competitive ones in the league.

The rivalry’s peak was at the 2002 Western Conference Finals, and from there on, a series of trades and injuries made this clash of teams a bit dull and has never really been the same.

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