The roster is now out for who will be present during the Sacramento Kings’ upcoming training camp.
It is now an exciting time to be a Sacramento Kings fan. After many, many years of egregious basketball shown by the team on the court, the purple and white are entering this upcoming season with high expectations.
Due to Sacramento’s youngsters continuing to blossom, as well as the team acquiring key veteran role players, the mentality for Vlade Divac and company is making the playoffs or bust.
The season is getting closer and closer for the Kings as media day and training camp is around the corner. With that said, the Kings now have officially released their list of players that will be attending training camp.
The Kings have had a plethora of incredible scorers since their origin in Rochester. Here are the 15 best scorers in Sacramento Kings franchise history.
The Kings franchise began back in 1923 in Rochester, New York as the Rochester Seagrams. Name changes to the Royals and Kings and moves to Cincinnati, Kansas City and Sacramento over the years has culminated in the Sacramento Kings.
Since 1985, the Kings have been the pride of the California central valley, so much so that the city and team fans fought tooth and nail to keep the team from relocating to Seattle to become presumably the second incarnation of the SuperSonics.
Legends of the sport have suited up for the Kings/Royals with Oscar Robertson, Tiny Archibald and more all playing multiple seasons for the franchise. Where they ultimately land on this ranking of best scorers in team history?
It is hard to rank players from different eras, as we have seen such a dramatic change in the way the game of basketball is played. However, we gave it our best shot by collecting statistics like total points scored, points per game, field-goal percentages and more.
Also, the length of time spent with the team carries a lot of weight here and 50-point performances gave some players a bit of a boost.
Without any further ado, here are the 15 greatest scorers in Kings/Royals franchise history.
One of my personal favorite Kings players growing up was Kevin Martin. His unorthodox shooting motion and incredible athleticism made him an incredible player to watch during his six-season stint with Sacramento.
Drafted by the Kings at the end of the first round in 2004, the Western Carolina product spent the first half of his 12-year career in Sacramento. His rookie season was uneventful, but Martin turned on the jets in year two and didn’t look back. In the 2005-06 NBA season, Martin averaged 10.8 points per game on an impressive 48.0 shooting percentage.
In his next four seasons, Martin averaged 20.2, 23.7, 24.6 and 20.6 points per game, respectively. During his stay with Sacramento, Martin maintained a 44.9 field-goal percentage and scored 5,660 total points.
That mark of 5,660 points is only 24th all time in franchise history, but he didn’t even play a complete six seasons for the team before being involved in a three-team trade that landed him with the Houston Rockets.
Had Martin spent more time with the franchise, who knows how high he would have finished on this ranking and how far he would have ascended the Kings’ record books?
Martin had one, nearly two, 50-point performance with the Kings on April 1, 2009, against the Golden State Warriors. He scored 48 in the next season against the Memphis Grizzlies, narrowly missing the 50 point mark. Martin was an exciting player that could turn any play into a scoring opportunity whose stint with the team was unfortunately cut short by trade.
Obviously, there are guys like De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and others that will be present at the camp, but some names that stand out are Eric Mika, Wenyen Gabriel, and Tyler Ulis who are players that potentially could squeak through the team’s regular-season roster.
The Kings have released their official training camp roster. pic.twitter.com/Eo8B1k45u7
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) September 26, 2019
The wait is almost over, Kings fans. Just before you know it, preseason will begin and then the regular season after that. Entering the season, the Kings have high hopes for themselves after finishing just one spot shy of the playoffs last year.
The roster is looking nice for Sacramento. They have young players that could be on the cusp of making an All-Star appearance this season and veteran role players that complement those youngsters’ games.
If everything comes together for the Kings this year, there should be no doubt that they will make some noise as a playoff-contending squad.