The Sacramento Kings have experienced a downturn of late, missing the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. Based on the recent past, you'd think the franchise hasn't produced much worth relishing. However, that's not the case, as the organization has a rich history over its 66 years, with plenty of individuals deserving recognition.
This slideshow is an attempt to honor those players for their contributions. And it's a way of reminding ourselves of past accomplishments, some of which can be reproduced by the next generation of Sacramento Kings.
So while no current players have made the cut, by leaving a lasting impression on the franchise, that could change in the future.
Before we get to the list, let's set out some parameters used in compiling it. First, players throughout the team's history are eligible for inclusion. This isn't just a Sacramento Kings ranking. You'll also see individuals from Rochester, Cincinnati and Kansas City.
Second—and this seems obvious, but it should be mentioned anyway—only accomplishments with the organization are considered. What a player does before or after his time with the team has no bearing on his standing.
Third, a conglomeration of overall statistics and peak performance were used. Of course, players that are higher on the list will have both. But as we get further from the elite, you may see individuals who either played for many years but were never great, or those that were here for less time but were more impactful.
Last, and this especially applies to players in the distant past, honors and accomplishments, such as All-Star teams, All-NBA teams and induction into the Hall of Fame, are weighed heavily.
The further we get from the modern game, the less relevant normal statistics become. The NBA's changed so much over the years, due to addition of the shot clock and the way contests are officiated, that simple stats like points, assists and rebounds tend to be jaded. In those cases, win shares (which measure players against their competition) and standing within the league carry more importance.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com
Franchise leaderboard stats, also from B-R, can be found here.