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Top Ten Sacramento Kings of All-Time

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The 2010/11 NBA preseason might be upon us, but we’re still living in the past at The Hoops Manifesto.  We’ve gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the Sacramento Kings (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha/Kansas City Kings). 

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog; Don from With Malice and Philip from Orlando Magic Daily.

 

10) Bob Davies – Rochester Royals – 1948 – 1955

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Royals accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (11) retired by the franchise
- member of the 1951 Royals NBA championship team
- NBA leader in assists in 1948/49
- NBA leader in assists per game in 1948/49
- four-time NBA All-Star
- five-time All-ABA/NBA selection 

“Arguably the creator of the behind-the back-dribble (if Wikipedia can be trusted), Davies helped lead the franchise to its only NBA title.” – Jeff Fox 

9) Sam Lacey – Cincinnati Royals/KC-Omaha Kings/KC Kings – 1970 – 1981

Royals/Kings accomplishments:

- jersey number (44) retired by the franchise
- franchise leader in minutes, rebound (offensive, defensive & total), steals & blocks
- NBA leader in games played in 1978/79
- NBA leader in defensive rebounds in 1974/75
- one-time NBA All-Star

“He averaged a double-double in each of his first six seasons in the NBA, never registering less than 11.3 rpg.” – Jeff Fox 

8) Vlade Divac – Sacramento Kings – 1998 – 2004

Kings accomplishments:

- jersey number (21) retired by the franchise
- NBA leader in games played in 1998/99
- one-time NBA All-Star

“Divac was more of one of those glue guys than actually a fantastic player. But there is a reason Sacramento fans revere Divac. It helps that he was part of the most successful teams in Sacramento history. But as a constant thorn in Shaquille O’Neal’s side and also a perfect fit as one of the best passing centers in league history.” – Philip

7) Peja Stojakovic – Sacramento Kings – 1998 – 2006

Kings accomplishments:

- franchise leader in three-pointers (made & attempted)
- fourth all-time in three-pointers made in NBA history
- eighth all-time in three-pointers attempted in NBA history
- fourth all-time in free throw % in NBA history
- NBA leader in three-pointers made in 2003/04
- NBA leader in free-throw % in 2003/04
- three-time NBA All-Star
- one-time All-NBA selection

“Back when Peja had super Euro Flair powers.” – College Wolf

“Blame him all you want for struggling in Game Seven of the 2002 NBA Finals, where Sacramento lost on its home floor in overtime to the eventual champion Lakers, but at least recognize Peja is one of the best shooters you will ever see. Stojakovic really broke through in 2001 just as the Kings began their ascent into the Western Conference’s upper stratosphere, and from 2001 until 2006 he only had one season (and one half season) where he shot worse than 40 percent from beyond the arc. Stojakovic could just flat out shoot and was a nightmare for opponents to defend because of that quick release he had.” – Philip

6) Jack Twyman – Rochester/Cincinnati Royals – 1955 – 1966

Royals accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (27) retired by the franchise
- NBA leader in games played in 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63 & 1964/65
- NBA leader in field goal attempts in 1958/59
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1957/58
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1959/60
- six-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection

“Jack Twyman as a player was one of the NBA’s first great scorers.  A Hall of Famer, and more than held his own against some of the real legends of the game.  Jack Twyman as a humanitarian is unsurpassed… anyone who does not know the story should read it.” – Don

5) Nate Archibald – Cincinnati Royals/KC-Omaho Kings/KC Kings – 1970 – 1976

Royals/Kings accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (1) retired by the franchise
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1972/73
- NBA leader in field goals (made & attempted) in 1972/73
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1971/72, 1972/73 & 1974/75
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1971/72 & 1972/73
- NBA leader in assists in 1972/73
- NBA leader in points in 1972/73
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1972/73
- NBA leader in assists per game in 1972/73
- NBA leader in points per game in 1972/73
- three-time NBA All-Star
- four-time All-NBA selection

“New Yorker Nate “Tiny” Archibald was the precursor to what we saw with Isiah Thomas and Allen Iverson.  Deserving of his nickname, the guy was waterbug quick on a level not seen before in the NBA.  ’72/73 season, Tiny lead the NBA in scoring and assists – torching the league for averages of 34.0/11.4.  By any measure, that is awesome (editor’s note: but not awesome enough – he came third in MVP voting behind Dave Cowens and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).” – Don

4) Mitch Richmond – Sacramento Kings – 1991 – 1998

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Kings accomplishments:

- jersey number (2) retired by franchise
- NBA leader in games played in 1994/95
- six-time NBA All-Star
- five-time All-NBA selection

“Do people really truly know how great he was in his prime?  God, the man could score the basketball.” – College Wolf

“Richmond very quietly was one of the better players of the 1990s, scoring more than 20 points per game and even winning an All-Star MVP award in 1995 (while the teams wore by far the best All-Star jerseys ever, by the way). Richmond was an All Star every year from 1993-98, every year but his first in Sacramento. The sad part is, Richmond just never won. Sacramento was just not very good while Richmond was on the team.” – Philip

3) Jerry Lucas – Cincinnati Royals – 1963 – 1969

Royals accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of  Fame
- eighth all-time in minutes per game in NBA history
- fourth all-time in rebounds per game in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1966/67
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1963/64
- six-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“Only Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell were better rebounders than Luke… and even with Russell – that’s a point of argument.  And he could score.  His worst season produced 17/17.  That was his worst.  Two seasons he averaged better than 20/20.  Guy wasn’t a “monster” on the boards, nor did he possess an amazing leap.  What he did have was smarts, and phenomenal vision (literally – the guy had 20/10!).   And all that equated to one of the best Kings ever.  Well… “Royals”.” – Don

“One of the most underrated of the all-time greats.” – Jeff Fox 

2) Chris Webber – Sacramento Kings – 1998 - 2005

Kings accomplishments:

- jersey number (4) retired by franchise
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1998/99
- four-time NBA All-Star
- five-time All-NBA selection

“Yet another player whose decline towards the end of his career made it difficult to remember what he truly was before injuries cut him down: in his time, an elite big mentioned in the same breath as Duncan, Garnett and Shaq.  No big had his athleticism, his range.  ’99 up until his injury in ’03, he was arguably the best PF in the game.” – Don

“Webber’s interesting and meandering career reached its peak (and settled itself to a certain extent) in Sacramento. C-Webb was able to really showcase his passing skills in Rick Adelman’s offense. Webber was a rebounding machine and a great defender until his knee injury derailed his career. Webber was the leader of a team that was a breath away from upsetting the Lakers and bringing Sacramento what surely would have been a title.” – Philip

1) Oscar Robertson – Cincinnati Royals – 1960 – 1970

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Royals accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (14) retired by franchise
- franchise leader in minutes, field goals (made & attempted), free throws (made & attempted), assists & points
- third all-time in free throws made in NBA history
- sixth all-time in free throws attempted in NBA history
- fifth all-time in assists in NBA history
- ninth all-time in points in NBA history
- third all-time in minutes per game in NBA history
- ninth all-time in points per game in NBA history
- fourth all-time in assists per game in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1962/63
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1963/64, 1964/65, 1967/68 & 1968/69
- NBA leader in free throw % in 1963/64 & 1967/68
- NBA leader in assists in 1960/61, 1961/62, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1965/66 & 1968/69
- NBA leader is assists per game in 1960/61, 1961/62, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1967/68 & 1968/69
- NBA leader in points per game 1967/68
- 10-time All-Star
- 10-time All-NBA selection
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA MVP

“Was there ever any doubt about this?  A veritable hurricane of hoops, the Big O literally took the NBA by storm, and made it his own.  Robertson could do it all, score, dish, and get boards.  Everyone knows of his triple-double season, but he went damn close four other times to carving that notch.  Forget simply this franchise, Oscar Robertson’s one of the best ever to play the game.” – Don

“The famed triple double season? that happened when Oscar was a Cincinnati Royal, who later moved to Kansas City who later moved to Sacramento. It is kind of sad actually to think the Big O does not really have a place to call his home. Most people, even in Sacramento perhaps, do not realize Oscar Robertson is part of this franchise’s history. And most NBA fans will likely associate Robertson with his short stint at the end of his career with Milwaukee, where he also won his only title. Still Robertson’s greatness in Cincinnati is unquestioned and has him among the best point guards in the game’s history.” – Philip

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City/Seattle, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland.

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