Sacramento Kings Tickets

The Sacramento Kings has gone through many changes since its founding in 1923. Established as a semi pro team called the Rochester Seagrams, the team was initially sponsored by a local distillery. After being invited to participate in the Chicago World Professional Basketball Tournament, the franchise took on a new name, the Rochester Eber Seagrams in 1942. A year later another name change and this time the Rochester Pros. The joining of the National Basketball League (NBL), the franchise ushered in a new era and a new name as the Rochester Royals in 1945. The inclusion into the Basketball Association of America and consequently the NBA in 1948 called for another name change in 1957 the Cincinnati Royals. In 1972 it became the Kansas City – Omaha Kings and in 1975 it called itself the Kansas City Kings. 1985 was the year when this franchise finally decided to stick with a name and city for that matter – the Sacramento Kings. The Sacramento Kings tickets have been a fan favorite ever since.

The Oldest Franchise in a New City - 1985 

The Sacramento Kings is the oldest continuously operating franchise in the NBA. Their last move was from Kansas City to Sacramento, California. The Kings had a somewhat successful 1985-86 season. The team was able to make it to the playoffs, but lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs in straight games. This was the start of a decade of not making into the playoffs. The Kings during this period suffered a couple of misfortunes. It began with the suicide of Rick Berry during the 1989 off season. Bobby Hurley, a promising point guard, suffered a life threatening injury in an automobile accident in 1993. Many were of the opinion that the Kings performance on the court was a direct result of poor management.     

It took the Kings a decade to get into the playoffs again. After finishing their regular season at 39-43 during the 1995-96 season, the Kings were able to make it in to the playoffs. This time they lost to the Seattle Supersonics in the first round 1-3. Finishing at 5th position in the NBA Pacific Division, The 1995-96 season served as a confidence boost for both the team and the fans. Even though the team was not going to make it to the playoffs for the next two years, it was a sign of good things to come. A few reasons for hope were the draft selection of Jason Williams, Vlade Divac and the trade for Chris Webber. The inclusion of Peja Stojakovic in the roster further strengthened the lineup. All of these changes happened under the guidance of general manager and the winner of the NBA Executive of the Year Award Geoff Petrie.

The Kings on Top Again

From 1998 till 2004 the Kings made it to the playoffs every year. Even though they were unable to convert any of these appearances into an NBA Championship, the team reached the Conference Finals in 2001-02 where they were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers 3-4. During these years, the Kings reached the Conference Semi Finals four times. The reason behind this surge cannot be attributed to the players alone. The Sacramento Kings were led by Rick Adelman who was assisted by Pete Carril, former Princeton Head Coach. The team was able to impress many with their strong ball movement and quick style. However, the team still needed to improve in many key areas. One area that required a lot of attention was defense. Williams was frequently accused of favoring flash over substance and Webber still had to perform in the big games when it really mattered. In spite of these shortcomings, the fans loved the Williams-Webber pairing.

Realizing the holes in their defense, the Kings sought to plug some of them. Their first attempt at this was to trade small forward Corliss Williamson for shooting guard Doug Christie. The Kings also drafted Hedo Turkoglu to help improve their rotation on the bench. The 2000-2001 season saw the Kings perform well in front of sellout arenas. Stojakovic and Webber worked well with each other which helped the Kings land the cover of Sports Illustrated. The cover featured Christie, Stojakovic, Williams and Webber with the article titled ‘The Greatest Show on Court’. The Kings made it to the playoffs with an impressive season score of 55-27. By defeating the Phoenix Suns in the first round the Kings won their first series in twenty years. However, the celebration was short lived as the Lakers took out the Kings in the second round and eventually won NBA Championship.

The Story So Far

The 2005-2006 season was the last time the Sacramento Kings made it to the playoffs. The team has had a couple of rough years, however all of this is expected to change. The current roster for the Kings looks promising with DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison arguably the best players on the team. Granted they still have quite a few issues to work on which include lazy first quarters, mediocre execution and nonexistent multiple efforts. However, if you look at the numbers this season (2016-2017), they tell a different story. Cousins, at the start of 2017, stands third in points in games (28.3) in the league and sixth in player efficiency rating (27.4). And as far as Collison is concerned, his experience has enabled the Kings to weather many storms in the past. In future, he is expected to do justice to his talent and elevate the team’s performance.

It may not have been smooth sailing for the Sacramento Kings, however it takes only a few games to turn things around. And given the talent available on the roster, it is very much a possibility. If you’re looking to have a great night out with family and friends, then get yourself some Sacramento Kings tickets.