About Sacramento Kings
History of the Sacramento Kings
For the Sacramento Kings franchise, everything began nearly 3,000 miles away in Rochester, New York, in 1945 as part of the National Basketball League. Then known as the Rochester Royals, the Kings made their way through multiple cities, names and leagues before finding their way to Sacramento. The team joined the National Basketball Association in 1948, winning the NBA Championship only a few years later in 1951. From there, the Royals moved further south, to Cincinnati, where they resided for the next fifteen years. But in 1972, after nearly 30 years of being known as the Royals, the team moved again, this time splitting their home games between Omaha and Kansas City, and from that point forward fans would be buying Kings tickets to see their team play. Until 1975, the Kings continued to split time between the two Midwestern cities, until tickets sales in Omaha dropped so low the team abandoned the market. Eventually, Kansas City also proved to be unable to handle a NBA franchise. In the team's final season in the city, ticket sales plummeted, with less than 7,000 fans per game. With poor attendance, ownership decided to take the team west to the capital of California in 1985 to become the Sacramento Kings.
Over the long history of the Sacramento Kings, no matter which city they were in, there were great players who put on the uniform. In Cincinnati, there was the all-time great point guard Oscar Robertson, who is still the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season. In Kansas City, they were home to Hall of Fame player Nate Archibald, who was an All-NBA First Team member three times with the Kings. From 1998 through 2005, some of the most successful seasons in team history, fans with Sacramento Kings tickets got to see Chris Webber lead the team. Now the Sacramento Kings are building their team around an extremely impressive class of rookies. The Kings have not been to the playoffs since the 2005-2006 season which makes them the current holder of the team with the longest postseason drought. They have the third-longest NBA postseason drought in NBA history. Will the Kings be able to turn it around with their young roster?
Most Recent Season
Prior to the 2017-18 Sacramento Kings season, the Kings struck gold in the 2017 NBA Draft. With three first round picks and one second round pick, the Kings scooped up some of the best college basketball players in the NCAA. Included in this impressive draft class was number 5 pick De’Aaron Fox from Kentucky, number 15 pick Justin Jackson from North Carolina, number 20 pick Harry Giles from Duke, and number 34 pick Frank Mason III from Kansas. Despite the addition of these four talented rookies, these players are still very young and have a lot to learn. The Kings ended the regular season with a record of 27-55. It was their twelfth consecutive losing season but they are hopeful in the upcoming year they can turn it around.
In the 2018 NBA Draft, the Kings had the second overall pick. With their second overall pick they acquired Marvin Bagley III from Duke. Bagley entered college early to play his freshman year at Duke making him only 19 years old! During his freshman season he started in 32 games averaging 21 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. Due to his impressive statistics and skills on the court, he was named a consensus All-American First Team member, ACC Rookie of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, and a member of the All-ACC First Team as well. Bagley will be a superb addition to the Sacramento Kings’ roster. The 2018-19 season will kick off for the Kings on October 17th at home against the Utah Jazz. Throughout the season the Kings will compete against their division rivals including the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Phoenix Suns to fight for a spot in the playoffs. Will the Trailblazers be able to end their postseason drought? There’s only one way to find out! Come on down to the Golden 1 Center to watch your favorite team take the court. TicketNetwork is your access for all Sacramento Kings tickets. Check out our vast selection of Sacramento Kings tickets and grab yours today!