The Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985, but the franchise began playing in the National Basketball League back in 1945 when they were known as the Rochester Royals. After joining the NBA in 1948, the team defeated the New York Knicks to win the 1951 championship. Since relocating in Sacramento, the team has gone on to make 10 playoff appearances, capture two division championships and make one trip to the conference finals.
There has been no shortage of quality players to wear the purple, silver and black. In fact, forward Chris Webber, center Vlade Divac and guard Mitch Richmond played a large part in the Kings' playoff surge during the late '90s and early 2000s.
The Kings most recent battle for the title occurred during the 2001-02 season after the team acquired point guard Mike Bibby, who paired seamlessly with a squad of top-notch veterans. The team entered the playoffs with a franchise-best 61-21 record and made quick work of the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz. The squad would later face the Los Angeles Lakers and would give them quite a scare by leading the series 2-1. Unfortunately, Sacramento would run out of steam by Game 7 and fall to the Lakers in heartbreaking fashion.
However, the future remains bright for the squad, which just saw young gun Tyreke Evans secure NBA Rookie of the Years honors after a standout performance in the 2009-10 season. Because of this, the Kings remain strong contenders for recapturing the crown they took home 50 years ago.
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