In the late 1990's and early 2000's, few teams were as consistently successful as the Sacramento Kings. They made the playoffs eight seasons in a row at one point, including an epic seven-game loss to Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001-2002 Western Conference finals.
When the core of Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Doug Christie and others dissolved, so did the Kings' hopes. In the last six years, Sacramento hasn't won more than 38 games in any year, with no playoff appearances.
In last year's lockout-shortened campaign, the Kings won a whopping 22 games. They finished last in the Pacific Division for the fourth consecutive year and the fifth time in six years.
But there is hope. This team is young and talented, and while it lacks discipline, there is no question that the building blocks are in place to make another run at the NBA Finals within the next few years. With that in mind, here are five players that have the most to prove as the Kings begin their 28th season in Sacramento.