The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The team plays its home games at the Golden 1 Center. Their best seasons to date in the city were in the early 2000s, including the 2001-02 season when they had the best record in the NBA at 61-21.
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The Sacramento Kings are the latest and current version of one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball franchise in the nation. They organized in Rochester, New York, as the Rochester Seagrams in 1923, hosting a number of teams there over the next 20 years. They joined the National Basketball League in 1945 as the renamed of Rochester Royals. Winning the league Championship in their first season, 1945-46. The team moved yet again to Sacramento in 1985, where they continue to reside today.
In 2015, the Kings made an aggressive off-season moves in drafting Willie Cauley-Stein and acquiring Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos, Macro Belinelli, and Caron Butter in the season for 2015-16. To free the space, they traded Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and for the second round picks Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic.
The Kings selected four players in the 2016 NBA draft – Greek center Georgious Papagiannis with 13th pick, Malachi Richardson with 22nd pick, Skal Labissiere with 28th pick, and Isaiah Cousins with the 59th pick. In free agency, the Kings signed Anthony Tolliver, Arron Afflalo, Garrett Temple, and Ty Lawson.
20th February 2017, the Kings traded Demarcus Cousins, alongside Omri Casspi to the new New Orleans Pelicans for Langston Galloway, Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and two future draft pick. Later the year, the Kings also signed three Veterans – Zach Randolph, Vince Carter, and George Hill. They also selected North Carolina to forward Justin Jackson with the 15th pick, Duke center Harry Giles with the 20th pick, and Kansas point guard Frank Manson with the 34th pick.
During the 2018 NBA draft, the Kings selected Duke center Marvin Bagley III. The team was criticized following the draft for not selecting Luka Dončić, while Divac would go on to say he was confident in Bagley. Prior to the 2018–19 season, multiple analysts picked Sacramento to finish last in the Western Conference.