The Sacramento Kings joined the NBA in 1948, but were known as the Rochester
Royals at the time. They have since moved to Cincinnati, Kansas City, and finally to
Sacramento in 1985. During this tumultuous history, the Kings have managed to win
one NBA championship in 1951, one conference title and three division titles. Their
most recent success came with a division title in 2003. Fans buy Sacramento Kings
tickets in high numbers, despite the team's lack of recent success.
The Sacramento Kings have suffered some bad luck when it comes to draft picks,
trades, and injuries to key players. Their first eleven years in Sacramento were
relatively poor, with no playoff appearances. Fans were still warming to the team
and did not buy Sacramento Kings tickets with the same enthusiasm they do today.
Injury to Bobby Hurley and the suicide of Ricky Berry were major factors in the team
not being able to perform to the levels that were expected.
Those who regularly bought Sacramento Kings tickets were delighted when the team
traded for Chris Webber in 1998. He went on to spend seven years at the team,
guiding them to two division titles. While the NBA finals still eluded the Kings, those
fans who got Sacramento Kings tickets were rewarded for their devotion with some
wonderful basketball. Unfortunately, the past 7 or 8 years have not been as kind to
the Kings. They have not made any meaningful impact through the draft or in the
trading periods and their roster has suffered. There was also the threat of relocation
to Anaheim. Luckily for Kings fans, those plans were put to the side in 2011.
12-7-13: It is not looking good for Mike Malone in his first year with the Kings, a team that has lost five consecutive games after Tuesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Kings’ game with the Clippers on the previous Friday was the end of three consecutive contests against the Los Angeles teams, but the Kings did not win any of those games. Then on Sunday, the Kings lost to the Golden State Warriors. Most of Sacramento’s losses recently have been by only a few points, but scoring has been an issue for the Kings. Only DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas have been putting up consistent scoring for this team in 2013-14.
11-28-13: The Sacramento Kings continued their longstanding tradition of stockpiling players who play the same position, when they traded Luc Mbah a Moute for former number two overall pick Derrick Williams this week. Williams, a tweener PF who never had a chance to blossom in Minnesota, will look to find meaningful minutes in Sacramento and prove his long-term worth in the league. The Kings lost back-to-back at the Staples Center last Saturday/Sunday to the Clippers and Lakers and have had no game action all week until facing off at home on Friday against the Clippers. The Kings are sitting at 4-9 on the year and in desperate need for a spark.
11-22-13: After struggling through a tough early season schedule and sitting at a record of 2-7, it looked like the same old Sacramento Kings would be running the court this season. However, the Kings have turned things around the last two games with back-to-back victories over the Phoenix Suns for a record of 4-7. DeMarcus Cousins is doing his best to earn his max-contract extension and is averaging a career best 21.5 ppg. Rookie Ben McLemore has been moved into the starting lineup over the last five games, but has scored in double figures just once (19 points on 11/19). Over his five starts he has averaged just 8.2 ppg in 20.4 mpg.
11-15-13: The Kings talked about change after sitting at just 1-5 in week three, and head coach Mike Malone enforced that change and it paid off. Malone moved shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the starting lineup to a reserve role and it paid off, as Thornton was a major spark off the bench and helped the Kings to their second win on the year on Wednesday night. Sacramento is still struggling at just 2-5, but the new change offers optimism for the second unit and the team overall moving forward.
11-8-13: Sacramento has a new head coach, a new GM and a new starting point guard. Unfortunately, it’s the same old result. The Kings got off to a nice start with a narrow win in their first game of the season, but poor defense reared it’s ugly head again as they dropped their next three. With just a 1-3 record through the first four games, the Kings have yet to show that they are a more disciplined team than they were a year ago.
11-1-13: Mike Malone is the new head coach in Sacramento for a team that hopes to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Kings selected Ben McLemore in the 2013 draft in addition to acquiring Greivis Vasquez and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during the offseason. It is unfortunate that Carl Landry, who they signed in July, is out for the first three to four months of the season because he would have been an important asset in the frontcourt. DeMarcus Cousins, who had a stellar preseason, will have to take on more of a responsibility without Landry. Kings fans hope that he is up to the challenge.
10-18-13: The Sacramento Kings have a 3-1 record through four preseason games. DeMarcus Cousins is killing it in the preseason, averaging 21.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, .8 blocks and 2.8 steals, all team highs. Cousins had a 29 point, nine rebound game in a 107-90 win over the Phoenix Suns. Cousins also had a 31 point game in a 99-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Kings have won three games in a row, 104-86 against the Lakers, 99-88 against the Clippers and 107-90 against the Phoenix Suns. Here are Sacramento’s three remaining preseason games:
- Oct 20 at Portland
- Oct 23 vs Golden State
- Oct 25 at LA Clippers
9-27-13: The Kings have signed DeMarcus Cousins to a four-year, $62 million max extension. He will not have an early termination option in the contract.
9-5-13: The Kings will bring on former NBA player Chris Mullin to join their front office in a role beyond his previous advising position.
8-23-13: The greatest news for all Sacramento Kings fans is that they are still Sacramento Kings fans. In what was very nearly a summer filled with moves to Seattle, a late save by new owner Vivek Randive kept the Kings in Cowbell Kingdom. With Tyreke Evans moved on to New Orleans, the team is now built around the enigmatic DeMarcus Cousins. Greivis Vasquez is now running the point for the Kings and with the 7th overall pick in the draft, Sacramento selected the athletic SG out of the University of Kansas, Ben McLemore.
Sacramento opens their home season schedule on Friday, November 1st against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Tyreke Evans and his new New Orleans Pelicans squad returns to Sacramento for the first time on Monday, December 23rd and for a second time on Monday, March 3rd. The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit on Tuesday, December 3rd and again on Tuesday, April 8th. The Miami Heat will make just a single appearance in Sacramento with LeBron and crew coming to town on Friday, December 27th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Los Angeles Clippers
- December 6th – Los Angeles Lakers
- December 15th – Houston Rockets
- December 27th – Miami Heat
- March 21st – San Antonio Spurs
7-1-13: The Sacramento Kings selected Ben Mclemore, the prolific scoring guard from Kansas. The kings are in rebuilding mode and used their lottery pick wisely. McLemore is a 6-5 shooting guard with slasher skills and a great shot from long range. Looking to move Tyreke Evans McLemore should immediately get a chance to be a part of the rotation for the Kings. The Kings only won 28 games last season. Ben averaged 16 points per game in college last year along with 5 rebounds per game. He decided to leave school after only his freshman year however there is little doubt his game is NBA ready. Last year the Kings average ticket prices were $77. As they continue to try and bring back the magic they once had in the early 2000’s, ticket prices and fan attendance would surely rise if the Kings can rise up the standings.
Kings 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 7: SG Ben McLemore, Kansas.
Round 2, Pick 6: PG Ray McCallum, Detroit.
6-12-13: It is looking like there will be more basketball to be played in Sacramento for the following years and more. After being rumored for months to be a sure shot to Seattle all deals fell through and the Kings remain. What hasn’t changed at all is the success of this franchise since the early 2000’s. it was another subpar campaign this year winning only 28 games and posting a horrid 8-33 record on the road. Frequent mental lapses in behavior from DeMarcus Cousins hindered him from really turning a corner and reaching his full potential. New head coach Michael Malone will now get his turn as the Kings will select 7th overall in the draft this year.
11-26-12: An early season five game losing streak has the Sacramento Kings sitting in last place at 4-9. Even a big win against the Lakers whom they beat twice in the preseason wasn’t enough for Tyreke Evans and his mates to turn the corner. With games against Minnesota and Indiana this week, we’ll see if the Kings can improve their record and by getting some wins.