About Sacramento Kings
The franchise has been the oldest operating professional basketball franchise in the country; established in 1923 in Rochester as the Rochester Seagram’s, joined the NBL in 1945 as the Rochester Royals where the team has won its lone NBA championship.
Due to small size of the market the team moved to Cincinnati in 1957 and in 1972 the franchise played their games partly in Kansas City and Omaha and were known as Kansas City- Omaha Kings, eventually becoming Kansas City Royals three years later and after struggle to find financial success the team moved once more, in 1985 to become Sacramento Kings as we know them now.
The franchise has had some success in the city of Sacramento mainly towards the end of the nineties and beginning of the century claiming their last playoff berth in 2006. The Kings are members of Pacific Division in Western Conference and they won the division title twice, their colours are purple, silver, black and white and Slamson the Lion has been the team’s mascot since 1997.
The Kings’ head coach is well experienced George Karl, who has won over 1000 games as a coach, was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2013 and he also coached four NBA All-Stars teams in his long career. He also led one of his teams to NBA finals too, which they had lost.
Former Sacramento Kings player, Vlade Divac, whose number 21 is retired by the team, is responsible for putting the Kings roster as the team’s manager and his main pieces are DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Steph Curry.
Home-grown center Cousins, was drafted by the team in first round of 2010 Draft and since then he grew into a team’s leader by being a top scorer and also grabbing plenty of rebounds. He also became only the fourth player in NBA history to record 20+ points, 20+ rebounds, 10+ assists and 5+blocks in a single game. In 2015 he was named to NBA All-Star Team.
Rondo, who led the league in assists twice in 2012 and 2013, was also NBA leader in steals in 2010 and won NBA title playing for Boston in 2008, joined the Kings in 2015 during the off season after having quite a few successful years in NBA in various teams. Playing at point guard position he can distribute the ball evenly to his teammates.
Another important signing of 2015 was of Seth Curry, younger brother of current NBA MVP Stephen Curry. His great ability at three point shooting was one of the reasons why the Kings wanted him as the team lacked a deep threat for many years.