10 Greatest Players in Sacramento Kings History
Number 10: Doug Christie
Shooting Guard, Doug Christie established himself as a quality starter and great defender when playing for the Sacramento Kings. For the Kings, Christie averaged around 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. But Christie wasn't known for just his offense, but his defense was where he excelled. Christie had many seasons with 1.4+ steals, and even had three seasons with two steals or more. Christie played with Point Guard, Mike Bibby, sometimes being known as the best backcourt duo in the NBA at that time. But why is Doug Christie here? Many people would consider him higher than 10th, but most of the time he was an average guard, not being able to play to expectations. Although Sacramento was Christie's best years, he wasn't good enough to be above number 10. He was a consistent player and could occasionally get on fire scoring in bunches. But his selfless personality wasn't good enough to crack the Top 9.
Number 9: Lionel Simmons
Small Forward, Lionel Simmons was a very good player for the Kings, who produced a lot when needed. Known as "The Train" his stat line for the Kings was very impressive as he averaged 12.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.3 APG. Simmons was a decent defender who averaged 1.1 steals and .8 blocks per game through seven seasons with the Kings. Simmons had a very good rookie season, as he was runner-up and was selected to be a part of the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Although Simmons was just a role player throughout his career with the Kings, he still was good enough to be considered a Top 10 King. When times were tough, Simmons was able to get streaky and lead the Kings to victory. Simmons had a well-rounded game throughout his Kings career, but he wasn't good enough to crack the Top 8 Kings.
Number 8: Bobby Jackson
Through five seasons as the best back-up player for the Kings, Jackson was able to win a 6th man of the year award. No player brought more energy to the team off the bench, than Bobby Jackson. Jackson's middle name was hustle, he would block a ball, then rush down the court and make a lay up. His contract wasn't as big as average players, but he accepted the contract and played with passion for the Kings. Jackson averaged 11+ points, 3+ rebounds, and 2+ assists per game throughout his career in Sacramento. Those stats were very good for a bench player, which is why he was awarded the 6th Man of the Year Award in 2003. To go with those stats, Jackson was a pretty decent 3-point shooter. Jackson could shoot or pass on command which is why he became a great team player, and the 8th best King.
Number 7: Peja Stojakovic
Originally drafted by the Kings, Peja Stojakovic turned himself into a fan-favorite. Potentially the best pure shooter for the Kings, Stojakovic was a deep three point threat, draining shots like there was no tomorrow. When he would go on a streak, he would drain a numerous amount of baskets. Stojakovic was a joy to watch wherever he shot the ball, whether it was a mid-range jumper, or a deep three. Peja is a three time All-Star with the Kings, with being a two time three point shootout champion. His stats were absolutely phenomenal, as he had three seasons with 20+ points per game, and four seasons with 6+ rebounds per game. He also ranked sixth in NBA history in three pointers made and is fourth in NBA history in free throw percentage. He recently retired, but he was a very good player through his 8 seasons with the Kings. Although he is Top 10, he didn't play as good as the Top 6 Kings.
Number 6: LaSalle Thompson
"The Tank" LaSalle Thompson was a very good contributor for the Kings. The big man out of Texas was drafted very high to the Kings. He proved himself to be a valuable rebounder, and a consistent scorer. He was a powerhouse that could get a double double at will. Averaging about 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Kings, Thompson was very consistent, and improved from the start of his career to the end. To go with his great rebounding ability, Thompson also amassed a block per game. He was like a Dwight Howard of the 1980's without the points. Thompson always came out and played with 110%, becoming a fan favorite pretty quick. He was a pretty significant factor surrounding the Kings throughout the 80's. His stats and gameplay proves he is truly worthy of being the sixth best Sacramento King.
Number 5: Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby had four of his greatest years with the Sacramento Kings. Bibby had a long career, but his spot up shooting ability placed him right inside the Top 5 for best Sacramento players. He was one of the biggest fan favorites, and will always remember his four outstanding seasons with the Kings. Bibby was one of the best point guards with the Kings and had one of the best ball handling skills in the NBA. Bibby was paired up with Doug Christie, as they were considered one of the best 1-2 punches at that time. Bibby put up around 15+ points, 5+ assists, and 3+ rebounds per game in the four years with the Kings. He also was a very good defender, averaging around 1.5 steals per game. His spot up 3-pt ability was a big upside to his game, as he shot around .370% from downtown. Bibby was also very clutch and always gave the fans a reason to cheer. Because of that he is the fifth best King of all time.
Number 4: Spud Webb
Spudd Webb was a great Point Guard for the Sacramento Kings in the early 1990s. His vertical jump was the best in Kings history, as he could dunk at his height. (5'7'') Webb was truly amazing to watch, as he stunned people with his skills. Spud put up solid numbers, as he averaged around 13 points, 6.5 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. He managed to grab a good amount of rebounds for a point guard at his height, which would blow some people's minds. Webb was also a quality defender, who always got around a steal per game. Webb competed every night and always gave it his all. Spud was a key figure in shaping the King's history, as he played multiple seasons with Sacramento. Although his height would produce doubts, he still won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1986 as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. Although Webb didn't bring home any titles or awards, he still played his heart out, which is why he is ranked so high on this list.
Number 3: Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac was a special player for the Kings. He played with Yugoslavia for a good amount of his career, but when he went to Sacramento, he immediately helped the team. He is considered to be one of the King's best centers, as he could rebound, score, and even pass at will. Divac was an absolute All-Star, as he put up solid numbers every year. His numbers sounded like this: 12+ points, 8+ rebounds, 3+ assists, and 1+ blcok per game. These numbers are very solid for a big man for his time, as he was good enough to become an NBA Legend. Divac always came ready to play, with his mind always on the game. His height and other talents, led him to get his number retired by the Sacramento Kings. He could be considered the best of his time, and the best for the Kings, but there are two other players that outplayed Divac, and amassed a numerous amount of awards.
Number 2: Mitch Richmond
Mitch Richmond is a very special player. He was a sole star on a struggling Sacramento Kings team. Richmond was a 6x All Star, that never averaged less that 21 points per game. He was an All Star game MVP, who could be considered an NBA Legend. He never was selected to the All-NBA First Team with the Kings, but he was a 3x All-NBA Second Team nominee. His stat line for the Kings sounded like this: 23 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds per game. Richmond was a very consistent scorer that could also pass the ball at will. He was the sole star who ended up getting his number retired with the Kings. Richmond is considered the best in some minds, but I think there is one person that can surpass him and be worthy of the best Sacramento King of all time.
Number 1: Chris Webber
Number 1: Chris Webber - Coming in at number one, is Chris Webber. Webber was a great player for the Kings, who played his best years with the Kings. He was the NBA Rebounding Champ in 1999, and became a 4x All Star. Like Richmond, Webber was selected to the All-NBA Second Team three times. When you think of the Kings, usually Chris Webber's name will come to your mind. To me, Webber was the most talented King, who always put up solid numbers. With the Kings, Webber averaged about 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Although Webber doesn't beat Richmond in points per game, he easily surpasses him in rebounds per game. As a 6'10'' big man, Webber easily grabbed rebounds and blocked shots. But he also was very athletic, and could steal the ball once or twice a game. Webber like Richmond and Divac, had his number retired with the Kings. Webber also played a numerous amount of playoff games, always being consistent. Career wise, Webber has 17,182 points 8,124 rebounds, and 1,200 blocks, and because of this, he is worthy of being the Best King of All-Time By: Charlie DiSturco
The Sacramento Kings are a NBA team originating in Rochester, New York in the 1920s. Formerly known as the Rochester Royals, the Kings are one of the oldest NBA teams that still play today. After around 30 years, the Royals relocated to Cincinnati, but in 1972 the Kings moved to Kansas City. That is where they got the name ‘Kings’ as they were called the Kansas City Kings.
Failing yet again, they were forced to move to Sacramento, where they are now. In Sacramento, the Kings really haven’t won much lately but their team has been rebuilding and now they are ready to amass more than a saddening 22 wins from the previous year.
Over the course of about 90 years, the Kings have only won a National Basketball League championship and an NBA championship. The Kings have picked up numerous amount of stars, such as Spudd Webb, Vlade Divac, and Chris Webber. These stars made their impact known, as they became fan-favorites very quickly.
Many of the players didn’t play most of their career with the Kings, but there are a select few that was loyal to their team. Some players won awards for other teams, but their seasons with the Kings was truly amazing. But who is the best player of all time for the Kings? Let’s take a deeper look into the Sacramento Kings organization and rank the players starting at number ten.These players are the players who made their career at Sacramento a big one, helping the team win games and providing the defense or offense when needed.