The Kings have been one of the NBA’s most transient franchises, making stops in Rochester, Cincinnati, Omaha, and Kansas City before settling in Sacramento in 1985. In the history of the Sacramento Kings franchise, stretching back to 1948, the team has had eleven Hall of Famers. The best players in Sacramento Kings franchise history are led by a pair of Hall of Fame teammates from the 1960s, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas.
An elite player in Sacramento Kings history, Oscar Robertson was great point guard and perhaps the greatest all-around player in NBA history. Robertson spent ten seasons with the franchise between 1960 and 1970 when the team was still in Cincinnati. In his second season with the Royals, Robertson accomplished a feat that remains unique in NBA history by averaging a triple-double for the season. It was not a fluke; in three other seasons, he again finished just shy of the feat by only three tenths of an assist, half an assist, and one tenth of a rebound respectively. In his 1964 season, with averages of 31.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 11.0 assists per game, he won the NBA MVP Award. In NBA history, he ranks in the top ten in both total points and assists and he earned spots on 11 All-NBA teams.
Teaming up with Robertson during the late 1960s was an elite player in Sacramento Kings history, Jerry Lucas. An inside threat to compliment Robertson’s perimeter play, Lucas remains one of the elite rebounders in NBA history. His career average of 15.6 boards per game is the fourth highest ever recorded. Lucas had two 20-20 seasons (points and rebounds) in Cincinnati. With averages of 19.6 points and 19.1 rebounds per game, he made the All-Star game in all six years of his tenure with the Royals.
A top tier player in Sacramento Kings history, “Tiny” Archibald spent his first six seasons with the franchise including his remarkable 1973 season which included averages of 34 points and 11.4 assists per game. His career with the organization spanned Cincinnati, Omaha, and Kansas City with averages of 25.2 points and 8.1 assists per game. Like Robertson and Lucas, Archibald is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
A great player in the recent history of the Sacramento Kings, Chris Webber settled down his rollercoaster career when he landed in Sacramento and became a perennial All-Star power forward. In 1999, Webber’s first year with the Kings, he became the league leader in rebounding with 13 per game. In Sacramento, Webber put together a streak of five consecutive appearances on All-NBA teams with averages of 23.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game.
A member of the original Rochester Royals, Bobby Wanzer was with the Kings organization from 1948 to 1957. In nine seasons with the team, Wanzer averaged 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. Wanzer spent most of his career in the pre-shot clock era, so while his numbers seem low by modern standards, he finished in the top ten in scoring three times. His accomplishments include five All-Star appearances, three seasons on All-NBA teams, and a seat in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Other top players in Sacramento Kings franchise history include Jack Twyman, Bob Davies, Arnie Risen, Mitch Richmond, and Wayne Embry.