5 Greatest Sacramento Kings To Ever Play In NBA All-Star Game
Who are the best Sacramento Kings to ever play in the All-Star game?
The Sacramento Kings have had a long history that has involved tons and tons of losing. Before moving to Sacramento, the Kings made stops in Rochester, Cincinnati and Kansas City until finally settling in Sacramento in 1985. To go along with the plethora of cites, the Kings have also changed names multiple times. The franchise started out as the Seagrams, then changed to the Eber Seagrams, followed by the Pros, then Royals and now currently the Kings. From that point on, the franchise has had a lot of bad luck between injuries and bad draft picks.
Eventually, the Kings built a team that was actually competitive and probably could have won a title if it weren't for the Los Angeles Lakers. After Sacramento missed their only shot at a title, the team once again fell back to mediocrity. The Kings of today are actually on the rise with star big man DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay. Even though Sacramento is way under .500, the team at least seems to be competitive most of the time.
Unfortunately, Cousins has been snubbed from the All-Star game this year even after a season where he has been arguably the best offensive center in the NBA. There is no doubt that Cousins will be named an All-Star one day though.
Despite never having won a championship in Sacramento, the Kings have had multiple Hall of Fame players along with many All-Star players. Who knows, Cousins may be atop this list by the end of his career, but as of today, here are the five greatest Sacramento Kings to ever play in an All-Star game.
5. Brad Miller
All-Star appearances with the team: two
Believe it or not, big man Brad Miller was one a very valuable asset to the Kings. Even though he bounced around the league for the entirety of his career, he always fit in and made solid contributions. Sacramento happened to trade for him when Miller was playing his best basketball of his career. With the Kings. Miller made his only two All-Star appearances, averaging about 15 points and 10 rebounds a game in those years.
4. Vlade Divac
All-Star appearances with the team: one
Vlade Divac's statistics don't jump out at you, but he was the sort of player that couldn't be defined by statistics. Divac was part of the Kings team that led the league in wins and almost made a championship run in 2002. Without him, Sacramento would have never gotten that far because his presence alone in the paint was irreplaceable. Despite only making one All-Star game, Divac certainly deserves to be no. 4 on this list.
3. Peja Stojakovic
All-Star appearances with the team: three
Again, another player that was vital to the Kings in the years when the team was a championship contender. Peja Stojakovic was just a deadly scorer while in Sacramento. He was second in the NBA in scoring in the 2003-04 season, averaging 24 points per game. Stojakovic is definitely not the first name that comes to mind when thinking of the best scorers in recent memory, but he deserves to be put in that category. He was selected to the All-Star game three years in a row and earned all each and every one of those selections.
2. Mitch Richmond
All-Star appearances with the team: six
Arguably the best pure shooter of his time, Mitch Richmond was an absolute deadeye sniper from all points on the court. Richmond was part of the Kings for a long time and was regarded as the team's first star player since Nate Archibald of the Cincinnati Kings. He was an All-Star six out of seven seasons in Sacramento, averaging about 22 points per game in that span.
1. Chris Webber
All-Star appearances with the team: four
Chris Webber really made a name for himself in Sacramento after being traded (coincidentally) for Mitch Richmond. Webber instantly catapulted the franchise into playoff contention and never looked back. Unfortunately, Sacramento never experienced an NBA championship despite being a juggernaut, but would have never been in that position without Webber. He averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in six out of seven seasons with the team.