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Win/Loss Predictions: Sacramento Kings – Part One

One question continues to loom in SacTown … will this FINALLY be the season the Sacramento Kings snap their 15 season-long PLAYOFF-LESS streak?

The opening stretch of the 2021-22 NBA regular season schedule will be a tough test for the young Kings. The Sacramento Kings 2021-22 NBA regular season schedule begins on October 20th, in Portland, against Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers. (That game ended in a win for the Kings! … Yea, I realize I’m late on the season prediction article, but my old laptop crashed and I finally have a new one!)

The Kings will play their first home game of the season, Friday 10/22, against the 2020-21 NBA Western Conference regular-season champs, Utah Jazz. After their first two games, the schedule does not exactly get any ‘easier’. Sacramento will face playoff-contending teams for at least the first 11 games of the season. The first game where they may actually be FAVORED to win could be on 11/10 on the road, against a re-tooling San Antonio Spurs squad.

15 Years …

The Sacramento Kings finished the 2020-21 NBA season 31-41, 12th in the western conference. That was two games back of the 10th seed San Antonio Spurs for the final NBA Playoff Play-In spot. That marked their 15th straight season missing the playoffs. That ties the LA Clippers for the longest playoff-less streak in NBA history. That Clippers playoff drought spanned from 1977-1991.

Looking back at last season for the Kings, if you take out a couple of LONG losing streaks, a myriad of injuries, some frustrating ‘last two minute reports’ … the Kings may have had a better chance of making the 10 seed, through the newly created NBA Playoff Play-In.

Personally, as a Kings fan since 1997 or so, I DO NOT count a Play-In berth as breaking the playoff-less streak. I have not heard many, or really any, Kings fans who disagree with that streak-busting ‘requirement’. What about you?

This is NOT Gambling Advice … But …

Essentially, there will be no easy games for the Kings to start off the season. That could be good for the gamblers who can catch the Kings as they are hopefully improving and hopefully beating a few teams they are favored to lose against … before the Vegas odds setters catch on.

The latest NBA Playoff odds have the Kings at +380 to make the playoffs … which means if you bet 100$ on the Kings to MAKE the playoffs … and they make the playoffs (not play-in) … you WIN 380$, plus your 100$ original bet.

Did I mention I MAY have placed a wager on the Kings to MAKE the playoffs … when their odds were +450 … it pays to have friends who have brothers who live in Las Vegas.

Elevated Expectations in SacTown

Pretty much every game this season will be important for the Kings. I see there being three ‘levels’ of opponents and hopeful outcomes, for the Kings.

To me, that means … being competitive and not getting blown out by, and maybe even beating a few ‘top’ teams. Next, a chance to win games in the late 4th quarter against teams that are on the Kings level/right above them – think ‘6-10 seed level’ teams in the NBA. Finally, showing they can beat/put away/outplay/not let down against teams ‘below’ them.

One question I like to ask people: Will the Kings be competitive enough to force LeBron to not sit out a regular season game when the Lakers visit the Golden1 Center this season? Maybe … LeBron is secretly hoping the Kings draft Bronny James in a couple of years, which will prompt LeBron ‘King James’ to want to play with his son and bring a championship to Sacramento. In my opinion, that move would CEMENT LeBron as the G.O.A.T.! I digress … and dream.

“Back to Back Like I’m Sacramento 2026-’27 WOAH …”

The Kings schedule features 12 total sets of back-to-back games. 8 of those sets will require the Kings to TRAVEL between games. Hey, NBA … WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? This is not good for viewers, quality of play, and oh yeah … the HEALTH of the players.

The NBA needs to do away with back-to-back games, especially back-to-back games where a team has to travel between games.

A possible solution: a more ‘playoff’ or MLB style back-to-back schedule where you play the same team, in the same arena. Many positives could come from this upgrade. Teams would be able to game plan and adjust back-to-back nights, creating an atmosphere similar to the playoffs. What do you think?

Way Too Early … But Also a Little Late … Win/Loss Predictions

I know, I know … this article is a little bit late. As a FREE-lance journalist, sometimes my paying job takes first priority over releasing articles. And well … needing to buy a new laptop because mine crashed delayed my ability to release timely articles recently! I am now equipped with a new laptop, and ready to give y’all the content you … deserve?

As I write this article, the Kings are fresh off of beating the Portland Trail Blazers on the road to start the season! If I am being honest, my original prediction had the Kings LOSING to the ‘Blazers. Glad I was wrong!

The Kings have a TOUGH schedule to start the season. They are most likely the ‘underdog’ in all of their first 12 games! The first game that the Las Vegas oddsmakers might favor the Kings is 11/10 on the road against the Spurs.

I’ll break this down MONTH by MONTH. Part one will go up until the end of January.

October:

Prediction: 2-4

Even though the Kings WON their season opener on 10/20 in Portland against Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers, I originally thought the Kings were going to lose, if I am being honest!

Games against Utah and Golden State at home are the highlight of the Kings October schedule. To end the month the Kings travel to Dallas, which will inevitably stir some talk about the Luka Doncic/Marvin Bagley III draft saga!

November:

Prediction: 8-8 (10-12 overall)

Sacramento plays 16 games during the month of November, including three back-to-back games. The Kings have a big opportunity during the month! A mid-month road trip gives SacTown a chance to win four games in a row against ‘lower’ level opponents. That crucial trip starts 11/10, with the Kings facing San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Detroit, and Minnesota to end the road trip on 11/17.

The Kings will have a tough test to end the month, facing LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers twice in five days, one on the road and one at home.

December:

Prediction: 8-7 (18-19 overall)

Sacramento plays 10 of their 15 games during the month of December at home. Traveling during December, to the east coast, during the holiday season inevitably puts a negative burden on even NBA players. The Kings need to take advantage of this winter scheduling fortune!

The Kings end the month of November and start the month of December with back-to-back ‘Interstate 5’ battles. The first game of the back-to-back at home against the Lakers on 11/30, just to turn around and hit the road to face Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers the very next night!

January:

Prediction: 6-9 (24-28 overall)

The Kings continue the theme of having three back-to-back games, for the third month in a row. I will have to do some digging to see if this is the ‘norm’ across the NBA or just a coincidence …

Sacramento will have a big test in their first back-to-back of the month, on the road against the Lakers and then at home the next night against Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and the Atlanta Hawks. To my knowledge, this will be the first game that Bogi will be back to a potential full capacity crowd at Golden 1 Center in SacTown! Sacramento will face the Lakers for the fourth and final time of the season on 1/12 … interesting scheduling.

Looking Ahead to Part Two:

February:

The NBA All-Star break spans 2/17-2/23, with the All-Star game falling on Saturday 2/20, in Cleveland. Will the Kings have any All-Star weekend participants? I think Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell will make whatever version of the rookie/sophomore game they have nowadays. Maybe Buddy Hield will compete in the three-point competition again, after winning in 2020!

The biggest question about the All-Star break … will the Kings have an actual All-Star? I think that with a lot of help from the MEDIA and Kings voters … De’Aaron Fox could make his first-ever NBA All-Star team! Kings fans … stuff that ballot box, call national sports talk radio, and cross your fingers!

March, April, and Dare I Say May?

I am hopeful the Kings will have MANY meaningful games in the last three months of the season. Will the Kings play in game 83 and beyond for the first time in 15 years? The NBA regular season ends for the Sacramento Kings on April 10th, in Phoenix, on the second night of a back-to-back.

Will the Kings get to the play-in, playoffs, or continue their playoff-less streak? Keep an eye out for PART TWO of my Sacramento Kings win/loss predictions!

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Sacramento Kings Three Guard Combo: Fox, Haliburton, Mitchell

The word versatility comes to mind when describing the 2021-22 Sacramento Kings roster. One group that provides a lot of that versatility is the new ‘three guard combo’ consisting of De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell.

Fox, Haliburton, and Mitchell all bring their own high-level, unique, and improving skills sets. Whether they are ALL on the floor together, in pairs, or individually, the three guard combo will give the Kings coaching staff many potential lineup combinations to work with. The Kings squad is dynamic all around, including a much-improved group of BIGS in SacTown! Richaun Holmes, Tristan Thompson, and the rest of the Kings big man crew will play a large role in the success of the Kings, and their three guard lineup, this season. That variety of options will be pivotal to success, as the Kings attempt to break their 15-year playoff drought.

Outlined ahead will be a few things I am excited to see from the Kings three guard combo AKA the three-headed monster, three guard night … Fox, Haliburton, and Mitchell.

But first … a POLL!

Versatility

I have said it before, and I will say it again, this Kings squad is VERSATILE. Their roster may not be top-heavy with superstars, but they have a great mix of complementary, and uniquely skilled players.

I think early in the season, the Kings will put out many different lineup combinations. We Kings fans need to have PATIENCE. While the Kings are improving and finding their identity, they may not be able to always ‘set the tone’ on the court. That means they will have to often ‘match’ the lineup the opponent puts on the court.

Though, as they improve as a team and individually, and find their identity … with time and patience … the Kings will be able to dictate the style of basketball being played: big/small, fast/controlled, defensive/offensive, etc. This will force the Kings opponents to match the lineup they put on the floor. Patience is key!

‘SacTown 5-0’

The blooming duo dubbed ‘SacTown 5-0,’ consisting of Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox, is going to be the core of what Sacramento builds their team around going forward. And they are becoming one of the most exciting tandems to watch in ALL of the NBA. Even if the Kings do not have any national TV broadcasts …. yet!

That guard-centric construction plan isn’t new to previous Sactown hoops architects. Historically, guard play has been a KEY building block for Kings basketball teams. A list that includes guards Oscar RobertsonKenny SmithReggie TheusMitch RichmondJason WilliamsMike Bibby, Kevin MartinTyreke Evans … maybe even Rajon Rondo, and Isaiah Thomas.

‘Off Night’

Davion Mitchell was perhaps the STEAL of the 2021 NBA draft. Mitchell was selected by the Kings 9th overall, a selection that Kings fans will have a hard time getting DEFENSIVE about, especially if they LOCKDOWN a playoff spot this season and beyond … (yes, puns heavily intended).

Mitchell adds a NEEDED defensive intensity and mindset to the Sacramento Kings. During the past few seasons, especially 2020-21, the Kings have been one of the worst defensive teams in NBA history. The consistent, inconsistency on defense was one of the main reasons the Kings could not get it together for a playoff/play-in run. The Sacramento Kings ‘culture’ seems to be undergoing a positive change, and I think all Kings fans can get in a defensive stance to that! Hands up!

Pressure Cooker

The addition of Mitchell and the continued maturation of Haliburton will take pressure off of De’Aaron Fox in many ways. As the Kings improve defensively as a team and individually, Fox will not have to expend as much energy defending the opponent’s best guard. This will allow Fox to focus more energy on the offensive end, while still playing solid defense.

Depth and versatility at the guard position will also help De’Aaron Fox stay healthy, this season and beyond. The fewer times that Fox has to ‘take over’ games, the better for the Kings! I love to see Fox dribble behind the back, leaving two bewildered defenders at the top of the key, as he soars through the air for a tough AND 1 layup, crashing to the floor with his Kings teammates rushing over to help him up… Those high-energy plays are fun and necessary for success. Though, the less that Fox has to put his body on the line, the better for the Kings. The NBA season is LONG, and Sacramento will greatly benefit from just staying healthy.

All of this talk of taking pressure off of Fox, and I have not even mentioned Terence Davis and Buddy Hield! The two guards will play a huge role in the success of the Kings, alongside Fox, Haliburton and Mitchell.

Offense

The Kings three guard lineup all have the ability to play multiple positions. Fox, Haliburton and Mitchell can all play point guard and also play off the ball AKA shooting guard. Those roles can be changed up from possession to possession, depending on the other team’s lineup, the Kings lineup, and the situation in that specific part of the game.

Fox, Haliburton, and Mitchell all have the capability to score from ‘all three levels’ – near the basket, mid-range and from three point range. Any one of the three can also keep the Kings ‘on track’ when one of the trio needs to go out of the game or take a game off. Keeping these three players fresh, healthy, and progressing will be key to the Sacramento Kings success, short and long term!

Kings Season Opener

The Kings start their 2021-22 NBA season on Wednesday 10/20, in Portland, against Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the playoff-hungry TrailBlazers. Portland’s elite two guard combo of Lillard and McCollum will give the Kings three guard lineup a ‘playoff level’ test right as the regular season tips off!

Go KINGS!

-Tom Witt

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Three Reasons to Watch the Sacramento Kings: Big Man Group

Most of the talk, regionally and nationally, claim that the Sacramento Kings did not do much of anything in the offseason to improve. I BEG to differ! Since the 2020-21 NBA trade deadline and during this offseason, I think the Kings have made moves to improve, with the ultimate goal of making the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

One of those groups that have improved this offseason is the Kings group of ‘big men. Big man play has been one major ‘missing link’ in Sacramento’s success since the days of DeMarcus Cousins, maybe even back to Brad Miller.

It may not seem like it to some, but the Sacramento Kings have been working this offseason to put themselves in a position to break their 15-year playoff-less streak. The improved big man group will play a key role in the Kings success this season.

2021-22 Sacramento Kings Roster

BIG Moves in SacTown

One of the highlights of the offseason and going forward for the Kings is the BIG MAN group. The Kings were able to retain fan favorite and one of the NBA’s most improved players, Richaun Holmes. Sacramento dipped their toes in the trade market this offseason, trading guard Delon Wright for a veteran big man, with championship experience, Tristan Thompson.

Improving young players like Chimezie Metu and Damian Jones also return looking to earn more meaningful minutes. The Kings also upgraded their ‘backup/BIG’ center position by signing Alex Len, and not re-signing Hassan Whiteside. Addition by subtraction is a way to improve in SacTown, trust me non-Kings fans. How could I forget to mention that Marvin Bagley III is still on the team, has been working with new assistant coach Doug Christie, and has one of the biggest UP-SIDES of any player in the NBA!

Ahead, I give you THREE REASONS to watch the Sacramento Kings big man group this season!

1. Lineup Versatility

The Kings will be able to put out many different ‘big men combos’ this season. But, we Kings fans need to have PATIENCE. While the Kings are improving and finding their identity, they may not be able to always ‘set the tone’ on the court. That means they will have to often ‘match’ the lineup the opponent puts on the court.

Though, as they improve and find their identity … with time and patience … the Kings will be able to dictate the style of basketball being played: big/small, fast/controlled, defensive/offensive, etc. This will force the Kings opponents to match the lineup they put on the floor. Patience, patience, patience. That should probably be painted on the I-5/HWY 50 interchange in SacTown … but I digress.

The Kings can ‘go small’ at the ‘5’, with Richaun Holmes, Tristan Thompson, even Chimezie Metu, or Marvin Bagley III. A potential, and fun, ‘small’ big man lineup combo could be Holmes, Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, De’Aaron Fox.

The big man crew also allows the Kings to go BIG. The addition of 7’0″ big man Alex Len in free agency was a solid move, in my opinion. Last season, the Kings could have really used the services of Len, whom the Kings chose to not sign after trading for him during the 2019-20 season.

The Kings may choose to pair two of the big men together at 5 and 4. That could look like Len mixed and matched with Holmes, Thompson, Metu, Jones or Bagley III. The ‘big’ big man lineup could be paired with the smaller ‘three-headed guard monster’ that will be Fox, Haliburton, and Mitchell. I could also see the Kings testing the waters with ‘small’ forward Harrison Barnes playing at the 4 when a BIG like Len is on the floor at the same time.

What is one lineup YOU are excited to see this season?

2. Holmes Sweet Holmes

Sacramento was able to bring back Richaun Holmes in free agency, which was the biggest question swirling around the Kings this offseason.

The Kings do not often get opportunities to sign impact free agents, so retaining their ‘homegrown’ talent is CRUCIAL to success for the franchise – short term and long term. There was a LOT of speculation going into the offseason that Richaun Holmes would jump ship, whether it was for more money or a higher chance of winning, outside of SacTown. Thankfully, Holmes stayed in Sacramento, where he has become one of the most beloved and successful players in recent franchise history. As the Kings get better, Holmes will continue to shine even brighter!

Richaun Holmes has a great story, attitude, work ethic, and skills to back it all up! There was some sweat-inducing speculation about Holmes potentially leaving for more free agent money outside of SacTown this offseason. Fortunately, he stayed Holmes, sweet Holmes! Earning a nice 4 year/46$ million dollar deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Before landing in SacTown, Holmes was a relatively unknown big man, spending his first three seasons with Philadelphia and one with Phoenix. Former Kings general manager Vlade Divac gave the free agent Holmes a shot in 2019, and that turned out to be one of the best free-agent signings in … well … Sacramento Kings history?!

During the 2020-21 season, Holmes averaged 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 29.2 minutes per game. That was while ranking second in the NBA in FG% – 63.7%! The Richaun Holmes floater … it’s hotter than a summertime float down the American River, on a toasty 916 day! Most of the NBA is sadly unaware of how deadly Holmes’ floater can be … and a few national broadcasts would help that immensely!

If and WHEN given the opportunity, the NBA nation would fall in love with Holmes, his style of play, his humble, hardworking attitude, and his passionate mom, Lydecia Holmes! Richaun’s mom, Dr. Lydecia Holmes, has won over the hearts of Sacramento Kings fans with her passionate fanfare and post-game interviews. Whether it’s Holmes’ attitude, style of play, or side stories – he is one major reason to tune into the Sacramento Kings!

Addition By Subtraction

In the past, the Kings have been forced to retain players they may not necessarily want to bring back … but are forced to because not many free agents want to sign in Sacramento. That may have been the case when re-signing Buddy Hield a few years ago. Buddy was re-signed for what many think was an over-payment at the time. Though, if we didn’t ‘overpay’ for Buddy, and he signed elsewhere, Sacramento would most likely not have been able to replace him through the free-agent market. And the Kings would have been ridiculed (again) for the eventual outcome of the DeMarcus Cousins trade that brought Buddy Buckets to SacTown.

That ‘SacTown Retainment Tax’ has come back to bite the Kings in the past, but what can you do when no free agents want to sign in SacTown. Thankfully, this seems to slowly be changing for the better.

The Kings ‘big man’ play can really only improve compared to the last three seasons. Simply put, Hassan Whiteside is the edition by subtraction I was referring to. Whiteside was … better … than Dewayne Dedmon at least. Right? Thanks for the laughs, Hassan, best wishes in your future!

3. B.Y.C. – Big Young Core

Along with the addition of veteran big men Alex Len and Tristan Thompson, Sacramento also returns improving young big men Marvin Bagley III, Chimezie Metu and Damian Jones. Metu was a fan favorite last season, showing toughness and tenacity that could bust through any HWY 99 pothole. Metu gained some international experience by representing his home country of Nigeria in the 2020 Olympic Games! Metu even hit 6/7 three-pointers during a group stage win against Italy.

In the 2nd round of the 2021 NBA draft, the Kings added defensive-minded Neemias Queta. In his junior season at Utah State, Queta averaged 14.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.7 assists per game. He was named to the First Team All-Mountain West and Defensive Player of the Year. Queta was one of four finalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award. He ranked third nationally in blocks per game, and left as Utah State’s all-time leader in blocks.

Bagley III has some of the highest UPSIDE in the NBA! He really cannot be any more ‘disappointing’ to Kings fans than he has already been up to this point. The Kings have a ‘great problem’ on their hands with Bagley III. If he can stay healthy, improve on defense, and maybe even develop an outside shot, Bagz has the potential to be an impact player for the Kings moving forward!

Will Bagley develop into more of a stretch 4, who roams the three-point line or will he turn into more of a modern, interior-based, athletic 4/5 hybrid? I think he is better served to move his game ‘outside’. The proliferation of the three-point shot in the NBA and MB3’s history of injuries does not mesh well with the more physical big man style.

One question I always ask myself when I want to complain about Bagley III is, “If he was on another team, would Kings fans LOVE to have him on our squad?” The same question could be asked about Buddy … but that’s a WHOLE other article waiting to happen …

What is YOUR Opinion?

Looking Ahead

The current rotation of Kings big men has a lot of potential! They can learn lessons from Kings paint prowlers of the past … the perseverance of Jason Thompson, the passion of DeMarcus Cousins, and the panache of a Scot Pollard.

The NBA regular season tips off Tuesday, October 19th for some and October 20th in Portland, for the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings coaching staff will have a lot of potential lineups to tinker with as the 82 game season unfolds! Maybe we can even talk about an 83rd game for SacTown … for the first time since 2006!

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

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NBA G-League Stockton Kings: Three Reasons to Watch

The Stockton Kings are the NBA G-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings. They have one of the most storied, celebrated, and successful histories of any team in NBA G-League history.

The team moved to Stockton in 2018, after taking the reigns from the regionally-renowned Reno Bighorns.

What is the NBA G-League?

  • Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) became the NBA G League as part of a multi-year expanded partnership between the NBA and Gatorade.

Below, I share three reasons I think you should keep an eye on the Stockton Kings this season!

1. First Year Head Coach Bobby Jackson

On May 27th, the Stockton Kings hired Bobby Jackson as their head coach. Jackson, a Sacramento Kings legend and 2003 NBA Sixth Man award winner, has worked hard to earn this role.

2010 was the year Jackson started his professional coaching journey. ‘B-Jax’ started as a regional scout and player development coach for the Kings (2010-2012) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2013). Coach Jackson then returned to SacTown as a collegiate scout for the Kings, spending three seasons in that role. In 2018-19 he became an assistant player development coach. He earned ANOTHER promotion after that and spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.

Head Coach Jackson combines elite on-court experience, with a meticulous level of study and prep.  

From James Ham of NBC Sports California. “I told them training camp was going to be hard, but I kept preaching teamwork, chemistry, having each other’s backs, defending at a high level, making other teams uncomfortable, and taking things away,” Jackson said.

Coach Jackson has already made an impact on the ‘Young Kings’ squad. Leading them to a 2021 NBA Summer League championship! Coach Jackson is known for setting a high standard for success, from himself and from his players. Those expectations are high, and rightly so. The Stockton Kings are known for producing NBA talent, and winning teams. That is my third reason to watch the Stockton Kings … but first, a personal story of mine!

Personal B-Jax Memory

I have a personal B-Jax story to share. Flashback to 2009 … it was a mild, spring Friday morning at the Arden Fair Mall. My American River College track teammate Chris and I just finished morning track practice. That day, we decided to skip the customary Adalbertos breakfast burrito and cruise the mall to kill some time.

We were ambling about the now-defunct Champs Sports, and we both felt the palpable presence of a locally significant persona walk into the room. NBA Sixth Man, Man of the People, B-Jax, Bobby Jackson, was browsing for shoes on a very vacant Friday morning at the mall.

How do we approach one of our childhood hoops heroes? Do we fully embrace our childhood fandom and go ask for autographs, while sopping up our drool with tall tees and various colored Vans (which happened to look like sneakers) on the shelves? Do we just observe this rare sighting of a Kings’ legend in the wild, allowing him to act on his own accord, without disturbing his natural process?

We decided to meet in the middle. Letting B-Jax be for a few minutes, making sure he didn’t leave without us seeing, while simultaneously showing him that we were there … and sane (though we were at the Arden Mall at 9 am on Friday, so I could see how our potential sanity could come into question …).

The time was finally right, it was now or never! We finally approached Mr. Jackson calmly, but with a known enthusiasm for all he has done for Sacramento! After obliging us with some chatter and a photo, he walked off into the abyss of the Arden Mall, probably with some fresh new Nike’s in hand.

Chris turned to me and said a phrase I’ve repeated many times over the years, with enthusiasm, “B-Jax is a man of the people.”

Shoot, I can see that slogan plastered on roadway billboards spanning the Sacramento Valley! From north to south, Marysville to Modesto, east to west from Pioneer to Patterson!

2. ‘NBA U’

In regards to producing NBA players, the Stockton Kings have been one of the best G-League teams over the past few seasons.

As of March 2020, Stockton was tied for first with the Sioux Falls G-League franchise in the category of ‘unique player call ups’ with eight. And rank second in the league in ‘non-parent call ups’ with six.

See how the Stockton Kings rank amongst the other G-League franchises.

A few of their notable alumni include: Donte GreeneDanny GreenJeremy LinSteve NovakHassan WhitesideGarrett TempleGabe VincentWenyen Gabriel.

The G-League is becoming a competitive, talented, developmental ‘minor’ league system. This will lead to more ‘impact’ players being called up to the NBA and contributing to their teams.

As time goes on, I personally see the G-League becoming more and more like the MLB minor leagues. This will increase the potential to see a future NBA player, as well as the opportunity, in the future, of seeing a ‘rehabbing’ NBA veteran return to play, by playing a few games for the G-League affiliate.

I love minor league baseball, and I think that as time goes on, NBA fans will love the increased upgrades to the G-League.

3. Future ‘Big League’ Contributors

Kings fans have a great problem on their hands … a deep, talented and successful “minor league” squad. Kings fans can decide to turn Stockton’s G-League success into a negative or a positive, and I choose the positive.

Truly rabid Kings fans have much to look forward to this season and beyond in regards to minor league ‘call-ups’ making an impact on the ‘big league’ Sacramento team. Akin to what many San Francisco Giants fans have experienced recently; their depth in the minors often leads to ‘unknown’ call-ups making BIG impacts on the major league stage.

Over the last 15 playoff-less seasons, there have been many rainy, Tuesday night Kings games with little reason to watch past the mid-3rd quarter. With the ‘evolution‘ (though, I am more of a FIBA international basketball ball type guy when I am hoopin’ …) of the NBA G-League in terms of consistently producing NBA call-ups and impact players, Kings fans will always have something to look forward to watching in Stockon. Regardless of how the Sacramento squad is doing in the standings.

A few players to watch for on the Stockton Kings this season are Jahmi’us RamseyNeemias QuetaLouis King, and Robert Woodard.

G-League/NBA TwoWay Contracts

In 2017 each NBA team was granted two extra roster spots with the addition of G-League two-way contracts. That raised the number of NBA roster spots from 15 to 17.

From the G-League website:

  • NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.
  • Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league.
  • Only players in their fourth NBA season or earlier can sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

The Sacramento Kings two ‘two-way’ players for the 2021-22 season are forward Louis King and center Neemias Queta.

Unfortunately, at the time of publishing this article, the Stockton Kings have not released their 2021-22 roster. I’ll be optimistic in thinking that the delay might mean there is an open tryout announcement coming up … a ‘209’ native like myself can only dream!

Stockton not only plays high-level hoops, but fans who tune in will be able to gain some insider info on the next wave of Sacramento Kings call-ups. This gives Kings fans some added hope, and at times, a less frustrating team to watch.

And well, you can get game tickets for below 20$ in Stockton … that’s about half the processing fee for an upper deck seat for a game in Golden1 Center! Ballin’ on a budget is a regional theme, from Vivek down to the local beertender (me)!

Looking Ahead

Stockton finished the COVID shortened 2019-20 regular season at 24-19, earning the title of G-League Pacific Division Champs – fifth seed in the western conference. That was before the G-League season and playoffs were canceled on March 12th, 2020. The Stockton Kings did not participate in the 2021-21 G-League season.

The 2021-22 G-League season schedule has not been released yet, but the Sacramento Kings start their regular season on October 9th, at Portland!

209 STAND UP!

Go Kings!

Tom Witt

Tom Witt has been in sports media for just under a decade. He started off freelancing, earning a role as an editor and Sacramento Kings writer at Overtime Heroics.

He also is an avid Spikeball fan/competitor (roundnet is the name of the sport played on Spikeball equipment) – Tom is also the head editor at the Roundnet World blog.

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Four Reasons The Sacramento Kings Deserve National TV Broadcast

The Sacramento Kings deserve a national TV broadcast, and I give you four of my reasons why! The 2021-22 Sacramento Kings schedule does NOT include any nationally televised games. The last time the Kings even sniffed an opportunity at a nationally broadcast game was March 11, 2020. That game was scheduled to be televised on ESPN, against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans. Unfortunately, the game was canceled minutes before tip-off. This was a historical moment, as one of the first ‘major events’ in the USA to be canceled to due COVID-19.

The Kings and Pelicans were neck-and-neck for the final playoff spot in the NBA western conference. At the time, I lived in Chico, CA … I was getting off of work at Sierra Nevada Brewery, and my biggest worry was where to watch the game! My buddies and I were debating all day whether to go watch it at the old school, local watering hole, ‘The Oasis’, or in the backyard, chill zone dubbed ‘Kings Klub’.

Below I list four reasons the Sacramento Kings should have at least ONE nationally televised game this season.

1. SacTown 5-0

The blooming duo dubbed ‘SacTown 5-0’, consisting of Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox, is going to be the core of what Sacramento builds their team around going forward. And they are becoming one of the most exciting tandems to watch in ALL of the NBA.

That guard-centric construction plan isn’t new to previous Sactown hoops architects. Historically, guard play has been a KEY building block for Kings basketball teams. A list that includes guards Oscar Robertson, Kenny Smith, Reggie Theus, Mitch Richmond, Jason Williams, Mike Bibby, Kevin Martin, Tyreke Evans … maybe even Rajon Rondo, and Isaiah Thomas.

The roles these two can play are numerous! They can play together, either one assuming the point guard role, when situationally dependent. They can also keep the Kings on track when one of the duo needs to go out of the game, or take a game off. Keeping these two fresh, healthy, and progressing will be key to the Sacramento Kings success, acutely and chronically!

Whether you like high-quality individual hoopers, a hungry team, or have a love for rooting for the underdog – you will want to check out the 2021-22 Sacramento Kings and their young leaders ‘Sactown 5-0’.

2. ‘Off Night’ Mitchell

Davion Mitchell was perhaps the STEAL of the 2021 NBA draft. Mitchell was selected by the Kings 9th overall, a selection that Kings fans will have a hard time getting DEFENSIVE about, especially if they LOCKDOWN a playoff spot this season and beyond … (yes, puns heavily intended).

Mitchell has been a winner on every level, from high school, to NCAA hoops, now to 2021 NBA Summer League champs! A small excerpt from the Baylor Bears men’s basketball bio of Mitchell, “2021 National Defensive Player of the Year, All-American and two-time All-Big 12 honoree, nicknamed “Off Night” for the reputation of forcing player he’s defending into having an off night.” The Kings and general manager Monte McNair seem to have struck gold in back-to-back drafts, drafting Haliburton 12th overall in 2020.

Mitchell adds a NEEDED defensive intensity and mindset to the Sacramento Kings. During the past few seasons, especially 2020-21, the Kings have been one of the worst defensive teams in NBA history. The consistent, inconsistency on defense was one of the main reasons the Kings could not get it together for a playoff/play-in run. The Sacramento Kings ‘culture’ seems to be undergoing a positive change, and I think all Kings fans can get in a defensive stance to that! Hands up!

3. Richaun Holmes

Richaun Holmes has a great story, attitude, work ethic, and skills to back it all up! There was some sweat-inducing speculation about Holmes potentially leaving for more free agent money outside of SacTown this offseason. Fortunately, he stayed Holmes, sweet Holmes! Earning a nice 4 year/46$ million dollar deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Before landing in SacTown, Holmes was a relatively unknown big man, spending his first three seasons with Philadelphia and one with Phoenix. Former Kings general manager Vlade Divac gave the free agent Holmes a shot in 2019, and that turned out to be one of the best free-agent signings in … well … Sacramento Kings history?!

During the 2020-21 season, Holmes averaged 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 29.2 minutes per game. That was while ranking second in the NBA in FG% – 63.7%! The Richaun Holmes floater … it’s hotter than a summertime float down the American River, on a toasty 916 day! Most of the NBA is sadly unaware of how deadly Holmes’ floater can be … and a few national broadcasts would help that immensely! In the meantime, here is a Richaun Holmes FLOATER mixtape.

If and WHEN given the opportunity, the NBA nation would fall in love with Holmes, his style of play, his humble, hardworking attitude, and his passionate mom, Lydecia Holmes! Richaun’s mom, Dr. Lydecia Holmes, has won over the hearts of Sacramento Kings fans with her passionate fanfare and post-game interviews. Whether it’s Holmes’ attitude, style of play, or side stories – he is one major reason to tune into the Sacramento Kings!

4. Underdog Story

And one final reason to watch the Sacramento Kings … they are a great underdog story. The franchise was robbed in 2002, almost shipped out of town 2006-13, and has not made the post-season since 2006. Unfortunately, 15 years of playoff-less basketball might write off the Kings to some national NBA fans. Though, in my opinion, it should be a reason to jump on board to a comeback, rags-to-riches, type story! And speaking of money … I hear the gambling odds are in our favor … should I put my money where my mouth is?

What Do YOU Think?

Let us know on TWITTER @oth_basketball and @sactowncrown or my personal Sacramento Kings website sactowncrownreport.com

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Will Tyrese Haliburton Take a Major Leap in Year Two?

Rookie Campaign

Tyrese Haliburton was selected 12th overall in the 2020 NBA draft and made an instant positive impact on the Sacramento Kings and their rabid fan base. Tyrese was dubbed ‘steal of the draft’ by multiple expert analysts and was in the running for the NBA Rookie of the Year award the entire season.

While appearing in 58 games, and starting 20, Haliburton averaged per game – 30 minutes, 13 points, 5.7 assists, 1.3 steals. His shooting percentages were quite respectable as well – 47% field goals, 41% three-point field goals, 86% free throws.

Tyrese earned himself a selection to the 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie 1st team, as well as two NBA Rookie of the Month awards (January and February 2021).

Ahead I will outline my thoughts on the potential roles, a few questions, and my predictions for the sophomore sensation, Tyrese Haliburton!

Potential Roles

Starting shooting guard next to starting point guard De’Aaron Fox

This is the typical ‘next step’ that most fans and Kings media members talk about. Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox played well together when on the floor at the same time. It also just makes sense to start Haliburton, for team success and individual player growth.

The same questions linger though …. Will Buddy Hield be on the team to complain about not starting? Will he finally embrace the ‘sixth man’ role? A role that would most likely highlight his elite-level talents, while working on and ‘hiding’ his faults.

Though many folks say it and I mostly agree, it’s not who starts the game … it’s who finishes it. Well, actually, now that I type that out I have SOME beef with that statement.

Being that an NBA game is played to a certain time, not score, sometimes the beginning and middle of the game are more important than the end. Often, the Kings make nice late-game comebacks but are deterred from the win because of a lack of time to fully make that comeback (refer to The Big 3 and the Elam Ending for alternative end of game scenarios).

That means to me, sometimes, the first, second, and third quarters are more important than late in the fourth, if that makes sense.

Main ball-handler, initiator, to set up Fox

I think a ‘next level’ upgrade for the duo dubbed ‘SacTown 5-0’ of Fox and Haliburton would be to have Hali act as the main ball handler and initiator of offense.

That would help to set up Fox for scoring opportunities off of the ball. Dependent on how the Kings ‘run’ Fox off the ball, opposing defenses will have to scheme to make sure Fox doesn’t consistently torch them, while not playing his main point guard position. This would not only open up more opportunities for Fox but for other Kings players as well. The Kings coaching staff have a LOT of options going forward.

Less time as the main point guard will lead to will lead to less wear and tear, which will help Fox and the Kings immensely in game 83 and beyond …

Haliburton acts as ‘Floor General’ when Fox is on the bench

The Kings seem to NEED at least one of the ‘SacTown 5-0’ on the floor at all times. There will be times when matchups and hot lineups without Fox or Haliburton get some run, but that will not be the main formula for success.

Haliburton has shown flashes of elite-level point guard skills. He controls the pace well and is becoming known for his deceptively devious look-away assists to his Kings running mates. That, paired with his ability to score from ‘all three levels’ makes Tyrese a THREAT when he is the main ball handler, regardless of whether Fox is on the floor or resting.

Let’s Get Physical

Will Haliburton be able to take a physical leap in year two? Not only in regards to his body size and strength but also durability and endurance. Haliburton was sidelined at the end of the 2020-21 season with a leg injury. The reason the Kings decided to keep Tyrese out seems to have been more a ‘precautionary’ measure, rather than a long term, worrisome injury.

Many folks point to Tyrese being too thin, needing to put on weight, size, and strength to take the necessary next steps in the NBA. I think that will happen, over time, patiently, intelligently. Based on a long and short-term plan for optimal success.

Haliburton uses his light frame, change of pace, and deceptiveness to his advantage. If he was to get ‘Buddy thick’ that may improve some aspects of his game, but also hinder some others. Being patient with physical maturity, paired with elite-level NBA nutrition, training, and recovery … I think Tyrese will be fine in that category.

I am more concerned about his durability, and endurance, over an 82 game season, and playoff push. Not because of anything necessarily regarding him personally, but just the general grind of a full NBA season, year after year. That heated term ‘load management’ will be CRUCIAL to the short and long-term success of Tyrese Haliburton and therefore, the Sacramento Kings.

One of the most important aspects to success in the NBA isn’t just having great players, but being able to keep them on the floor, at a high level, consistently. I think that the Kings success will be greatly impacted by taking advantage of opportunities to REST Tyrese. That means monitoring minutes, taking games completely off and taking him out in lop-sided games.

My 2021-22 Tyrese Haliburton Predictions

I am hopeful that even if Haliburton does not show much of an increase in ‘numbers’, his impact on the overall game will increase tremendously. Opposing teams will be forced to scheme harder to deter Haliburton, while he is playing in his MANY potential roles on the Kings. Occasional double teams, opposing defenses shading help towards him while off the ball, and other ‘x’s and o’s’ type things which will help Hali and the Kings be more successful than last year.

In terms of minutes per game, Haliburton was fourth on the team behind Harrison Barnes (36 MPG), Fox (35 MPG), and Hield (34 MPG). Haliburton should see an increase in minutes per game this season, especially during important times of the game.

As Haliburton evolves into his roles, this year and beyond, I think his numbers will be determined by how he is used and NEEDED to win games for the Kings. That may mean some games he is focusing on moving and creating off of the ball, some games where he is initiating offense and setting up Fox, and many games with a mix of both.

Now that the Kings are seemingly in the midst of a positive ‘culture shift’, winning is the expectation. The Sacramento Kings coaching staff should be ABLE to be more focused on scheming lineups and roles to WIN games, not just to develop players for the future (see 2006-2021…).

I can see Haliburton appearing in 63 games this season, compared to 58 last year. He started 20 games last year, and depending on if the Kings trade Buddy Hield or not, I could see Haliburton starting over 50 of those games, or coming off the bench and only starting if Fox is out.

If Buddy doesn’t want to win NBA Sixth Man of the Year, I’m sure Tyrese won’t mind!

One potential lineup some have thrown out there is putting Fox, Buddy, Tyrese, Barnes, and Holmes (or larger big man Alex Len) on the floor at the same time. Some have even talked about switching out Buddy for Kings first-round, 9th overall, draft selection, Davion Mitchell, better known as ‘Off Night’ for his defensive prowess.

My Haliburton 2021-22 Numbers Predictions:

  • 35 minutes, 16 points, 2 steals, 7 assists per game

Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair has been creating an improving team and winning culture in SacTown (yea, even though I grew up in the 209, Amador County, I ran cross country/track and field at American River College … may I call it ‘SacTown’ pleaseeeeee @carmichaeldave ?!?).

It will be exciting to see how this team, coaching staff, and organization continue to upgrade!

What do YOU think?

Let me know on my Twitter page! @sactowncrown

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Tom’s Top Three: Sacramento Kings Content

In today’s sports world, there are MANY ways to eat up your favorite sports media voices. Classic consumption methods may include nostalgic AM radio, newspaper, magazine, cable television. Or maybe you enjoy the more new-age styles including podcasts, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, and more! Regardless, it can be exciting and overwhelming when chewing up your favorite Sac Kings content!

Ahead I will outline a few of my FAVORITE Sacramento Kings ‘shows’, why I love them, interesting info, how you can listen/watch, and more!

D-Lo & KC

D-Lo & KC airs Monday through Friday Noon – 4pm on 1320am radio in Sacramento. When I’m cruising around in my 1996 Ford Ranger ‘Chuck the Truck’, I usually tune into D-Lo and KC on classic AM radio. When the dial gets a little fuzzy, I usually listen on their Twitch or YouTube channel. The ‘Chat House’ adds a fun, community aspect to the show. The chat is regularly referenced by the show’s hosts, Damien and Kenny, for its… unique enthusiasm.

I enjoy listening to D-Lo & KC for many reasons.

The dynamic duo is knowledgeable, passionate, ‘cool’, and they talk about the Kings a lot, regardless of how the team is doing!

They mix real hoops knowledge, with realistic takes. A lot of Kings media members like to … well … really play the ‘negative’ side of the franchise up A LOT. D-LO & KC keep it real, positive, but without going too overboard, which I really enjoy!

And they are one of the best shows to call into, especially if you may be a bit nervous as a ‘long time listener, first time caller.’ Call in! Share a story, take or question! I am glad I have!

The Carmichael Dave Show

The Carmichael Dave Show airs Monday through Friday 6am – 9am on KHTK 1140am radio. Carmichael Dave is the Sacramento Kings ‘Voice of the People’. Literally working his way up from being a passionate caller, to making a career having his own shows! (Well, besides NBA TopShot and Robinhood) …

Dave has passion, local roots, and a ‘regular Kings fan’ vibe that his Sacramento fans LOVE.

Some of those SacTown fans have even created a community in the YouTube chat of The Carmichael Dave Show.

Though the numbers of commenters may change depending on how the Kings are doing in the standings, there are a few OG commenters that always keep Dave on his toes. Rudy, Chris G., a few others … and the glue that holds them all together Christy H. really do make the morning show even better.

Crossover question: What would you cook for Carmichael Dave if he was over for dinner at your house for a Kings game?

Jason Ross and (formerly) Doug Christie in the Afternoon

The afternoon show on KHTK 1140AM included former Sacramento King Doug Christie and Jason Ross air Monday through Friday 3pm – 6pm on KHTK 1140am radio. As I come back to writing this article after a few weeks of editing … Doug Christie has accepted a new role as Sacramento Kings assistant coach! Congrats Doug!

Doug’s last day on the show was Monday, August, 2nd. Who do you want to see added to the afternoon show host lineup? Kayte C.? Deuce and Mo? The already connected, and hardworking, Matt George?

As the years progressed, I really enjoyed listening to Doug Christie. And honestly, that wasn’t always the case. Doug started off with Grant Napear and was learning the radio ropes on the job as he went. Over the past few years, Doug has really dove into his new craft, and has become one of my favorite Kings talking heads!

It goes almost without saying, but I love saying it: Doug is one of the most beloved Sacramento Kings ever!

He was the anchor on defense for ‘the greatest show on court’. The kind of hustle, grit, and toughness Christie displayed on the hardwood has translated well to the ‘booth’. Jason Ross and Doug worked well with each other, using their individual skills and personalites well together. With time and practice, Doug became much more comfortable giving his KNOWLEDGABLE takes, while finding his radio ‘cadence’.

I am excited to see how Doug attacks this next endeavor as a Sacramento Kings assistant coach! Coach Christie has even mentioned he has unfinished business in SacTown and that he wants to help bring an NBA CHAMPIONSHIP to the 916!

I’m IN!

More Kings Chatter to Check Out!

Below, I will list a few of the other shows, authors, and websites I like to peruse to get my Sacramento Kings FIX!

What else would you add to the list?

Deuce and Mo Podcast

Deuce and Mo are EVERYWHERE in Kings nation. They have a mostly daily podcast that can be found on most streaming services like YouTube, Twitch, Spotify, etc. They also host the Night Chat, which is live after Kings games, and can get … interesting.

Locked On Kings Podcast

Matt George is passionate and his content is well-researched! I usually listen on Spotify or the TuneIn app. What about you?

KHTK 1140 AM articles – Franklin Cartoscelli

Return of the Roar podcast – KHTK 1140AM

NBC Sports CA articles/interviews – James Ham

One of the most ‘dialed in’ Sacramento Kings content creators around!

The Athletic

In my opinion, the best Sacramento Kings written content available. They are nationally and locally connected. That along with being the most frequent posters of articles, which is big time!

Oh yea … I have a few podcast episodes and articles too.

Sactown Crown Report

It’s already an exciting off-season for the Sacramento Kings, make sure and keep up with the latest action, and join the conversation!

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Three Reasons the Sacramento Kings Offseason Will Be Exciting

This Sacramento Kings offseason should be exciting, full of big possibilities and changes. After having a fighters chance at the 2020-21 NBA Playoff Play-In, the Sacramento Kings fell just short, missing the playoffs for the 15th straight season. Though, there is a lot for Kings fans to be excited about!

Read ahead for three reasons I think the Sacramento Kings will have an EXCITING offseason.

BIG Trade Possibilities

One way the Sacramento Kings may cause the biggest stir this offseason could be through trades. The typical names keep coming up in Kings trade talk – Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes, and even a lottery draft selection to dangle in front of teams.

The Kings are not a big free-agent destination, in fact, many Kings fans point to Vlade Divac signing in Sacramento as their last big free-agent signing back in 1998, YEESH. One thing ‘holding back’ the Kings in the free-agent market, and trade market is Buddy Hield’s big contract. Yes, Buddy is one of the best shooters in the NBA, and I think could be a great 6th man, but his contract holds back the Kings in multiple ways.

Marvin Bagley III has been injured most of his NBA career. Bagley hasn’t put up bad numbers in his limited time in the NBA, 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Though, some point to his lack of defensive IQ as a HUGE hindrance to his growth and the success of the Kings. I think Bagz could be a sweet add-on to a Buddy Hield trade, to soften Buddy’s salary impact by adding a player with huge upside in Bagley.

If the Kings do end up trading Bagley and he does well in the future … what will Kings fans say? I’m sure if you’re a Kings fan, you have a few ideas. One thing Kings fans do well viciously fall in love with players. Fortunately, I guess, for Kings fans, Bagley III hasn’t really endeared himself to the SacTown fanbase, which will make the negative noise much less if he does get traded.

Harrison Barnes is usually in trade talks when it comes to the Sacramento Kings and pieces that other teams would actually value. I personally hope the Kings keep Harrison. Though he may never be a ‘superstar’, I think he will stay consistent as he ages. Long term, I think the black falcon could be a great piece off of the bench, on a playoff-series-winning Kings team.

The Kings are a team that is trying to make the playoffs next year, while still needing to improve their current roster. That’s while playing in a tough western conference that’s only getting tougher. The Kings scored the 9th selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. While it would be awesome to get an impact rookie, like Tyrese Haliburton, that may not be the case. If the Kings can package their lottery selection in a trade to get an impact player who is ready to contribute to a playoff team … let’s do it!

Lottery Selection

The Kings hold 9th draft spot in the upcoming NBA draft. Many exciting things can happen with that selection.

The Kings front office struck some draft gold like it was 1849 in Sutter Creek, CA with the selection of Tyrese Haliburton 12th overall in the 2020 NBA draft. Haliburton was playing so well this past season, he was one of the contenders for the NBA rookie of the year award until a late-season injury scare sidelined him and his chances at the NBA rookie of the year award. Regardless, Haliburton should be a crucial part of the Kings success in the future. Alongside De’Aaaron Fox, the guard duo has been dubbed ‘SacTown 5-0’ by Kings commentator Doug Christie.

With the Kings wanting (and NEEDING) to make the PLAYOFFS in 2021-22, they aren’t exactly in need of a high draft selection to groom for the future. It would be awesome if the Kings currently had the roster to make the playoffs while being able to train a lottery pick to make an impact in the future. Realistically though, the Kings are not currently in that position.

Many things will impact what the Kings choose to do with their lottery pick: What value the number 9 pick has to other teams, along with what they do in terms of trades and free agency. If the Kings make an IMPACT trade before the draft, they may be in the position to use their lottery selection. But, one of the most valuable trade assets the Kings possess is their lottery selection.

If the Kings do choose to keep their draft selection I have a few questions …. What position/type of player do you think the Kings should look to select in the draft? Or do they just select the BEST player, regardless of position?

Richaun Holmes Contract

Over the last few seasons, Richaun Holmes has been one of the best stories in SacTown and in the NBA. Holmes has worked hard and hasn’t just floated to earning this upcoming payday. Holmes has been one of the top players in the NBA in terms of field goal percentage over the last couple of seasons with the Kings. He is known for his soft floater, along with the ability to screen, roll and throw down a monstrous lob. His humble, high energy style has made him a fan favorite in SacTown.

Holmes seems like a great fit alongside ‘SacTown 5-0’ but will the price tag deter the Kings front office from re-signing Holmes? Some ‘chatter’ around the NBA project that Holmes could garner up to $18 million dollars a year, for a 4 year contract. If that is the case, the Kings will have a tough time re-signing Holmes, unless they make some other roster moves to free up cap space.

A few questions I have …. How does Holmes’ style of play fit with the long-term vision of the Kings? How can Bagley III and his style of play, and future contract situation, fit in with Holmes? Is Holmes the best ‘fit’ at starting center with the current Kings roster? Do the Kings even have enough money to re-sign Holmes? How much is Holmes valued across the league? I still have a few more questions … maybe I should just call into D-Lo and KC and ask them!

Sacramento Kings Offseason Excitement

It is bound to be an exciting summer for the Sacramento Kings and their fanbase!

What do you think the Kings will do? What do you WANT the Kings to do? Let us know YOUR opinion on Twitter @sactowncrown

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Sacramento Kings Chimezie Metu Player Profile

Born in Los Angeles, raised in Nigeria, the 24-year-old Chimezie Metu stands at 6’10”, 225 lbs. Ahead, I will cover the prep/college and professional career of Metu, as well as my takes on the impact he can have on the Sacramento Kings in the future!

Metu has made the most of his opportunities with the Sacramento Kings. Chimezie has appeared in 28 games this season for the Kings, while averaging 10 minutes, 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds per game.

In the eyes of the Sacramento Kings front office and general manager Monte McNair, Metu has earned a spot on the Kings. As of 4/28/21, Metu inked a three-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings front office sees Metu as a piece to help in their push to end a 15-year playoff drought … the longest streak in North American pro sports, to my knowledge.

Prep/College Career

Chimezie Metu was born in Los Angeles, CA but at the age of 6 would move to Nigeria with his dad. Metu would visit his mother in LA every summer, but living in Nigeria really made a lasting impression on Metu.

“Living in the area I did in Nigeria, [I saw] a lot of poverty and people struggling. It kind of pushed me. I didn’t want to be in that situation,” Metu says.

All 6’11” of Metu Could Be Headed to the NBA

Metu had a successful high school career at Lawndale HS in southern California, where he was named a John R. Wooden Award winner as the CIF Southern Section Division II Player of the Year in 2015. As a senior in high school, ‘Mezie’ averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks per game. 

Metu played three seasons at USC, and increased his productivity each season in the NCAA. During his three seasons at USC, 2015-16 through 2017-18, Metu started in 71 of 104 career games. During his junior season, Metu averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game.

Metu earned multiple awards during his collegiate career, including:

2016-17 All-Pac-12 – 2nd Team
2016-17 Pac-12 Most Improved Player
2017-18 All-Pac-12 – 1st Team
2017-18 Wooden Award – Preseason

Professional Career

The former USC Trojan was selected in the 2nd round (49th overall) of the 2018 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs. While in San Antonio, Metu was often utilized as a ‘two-way player’, splitting time between the Spurs G-League affiliate in Austin and the NBA squad in the Alamo city.

Link to Chimezie Metu G-League stats with the Austin Spurs, affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs.

In two seasons with the Austin Spurs, Metu appeared in 51 total games, 41 as a starter. In that time, Metu averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game.

After spending two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs organization Metu was signed, released, and then signed again two days later by the Sacramento Kings, at the end of 2020.

Metu has made the most of his opportunities with the Sacramento Kings. Chimezie has appeared in 28 games this season for the Kings, averaging 10 minutes, 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds per game.

International Competition

Metu was selected to be a member of the Nigerian national basketball team, which competed in the 2019 FIBA World Basketball Cup, hosted by China. Team Nigeria finished 17th overall, out of 32 nations, which qualified them for the next summer Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan, scheduled for summer 2021!

Future Impact on the Sacramento Kings

Patience, power, pace are three words that come to my mind when I see Chimezie Metu play. In my opinion, Metu’s game is akin to a swiss army knife. He can do a lot of things, decently well. While he won’t be a ‘franchise changing’ starter for the Kings, he may play a crucial bench role. That’s a Kings bench squad that’s been lacking the last few, or 15 seasons …

Metu runs the pick and roll well. He does this by using his ‘pace’ to help lure defenders into the correct areas of the court, in order to open up driving lanes for his teammates or to free himself up on the roll for an easy catch and FLUSH.

Metu has also shown the ability to finish on the fast break when he is dished the rock by one of the Kings many talented scorers/ball handlers.

He has also displayed the ability and confidence to take and hit the mid-range jumper. That confidence alone helps set up the pump fake and drive to the hoop.

Around the rim, Metu has a mix of patience and POWER. Metu has shown he can play ‘controlled’ and not be like the Tasmanian devil cleaning the gym in the ORIGINAL Space Jam, like many really ‘athletic’ players often are. But when necessary, Metu can use that athleticism to drop step and rock the rim with power that sends surges from downtown Sactown to the Folsom Dam!

It will be fun to see how Metu is utilized alongside a HOPEFULLY re-tooled Sacramento Kings roster for the 2021-22 season! How can he fit in next to Richaun Holmes, Marvin Bagley III, and other Sacramento Kings ‘big men’?

Poll Question!

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Kayte Christensen-Hunter Basketball Career Bio

Kayte Christensen-Hunter has been a GAME-CHANGER in the basketball world. She worked hard to achieve much success in prep, collegiate and professional basketball. Currently, Kayte is a member of the Sacramento Kings television media team. She is a crucial part of the pre and post-game show, along with growing in-game commentating opportunities!

Kayte’s journey spans from small-town NorCal roots (shoutout Alturas, CA), NCAA and WNBA standout, and now a growing NBA media career. Did I mention she is a mother as well?

NorCal High School Hoops Legend

Kayte was born in Oregon and played her high school hoops in the rural northern California town of Alturas. During her four years at Modoc high school, Kayte was a three-time league MVP, state champion and was even named 1998 CIF Division V PLAYER OF THE YEAR during her senior season.

As a Chico State Wildcat alumni and former men’s basketball team manager and strength coach … I wonder what Kayte’s best game was in the legendary NorCal hoops mecca, Acker Gymnasium, on the grounds of Chico State.

Among MANY accolades as a high school hooper, one that stuck out to me was that she was named the Double Pump Classic (California All-Star Game) MVP in 1998. Small town high school athletes often have very few opportunites to shine amongst athletes from larger schools, and Kayte did just that when given the opportunity! In high school, she also competed in volleyball and track.

UC Santa Barbara Hoops Legend

Continuing to build upon her elite high school hoops career, Kayte would take her talents to Isla Vista, CA … the home of the University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos!

During her four seasons of play at UCSB, Kayte helped the Gauchos become one of the best in the west! During the 2001-02 season, Kayte’s senior year, she averaged per game 14.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.5 steals!

In an article by Jorge Mercado titled, Work Hard Play Hard: Kayte’s Journey Beyond College Life and Basketball Stardom at UCSB, Kayte mentioned how those around her helped her be at her best,

“Mark French was a special coach and the whole coaching staff was great,” Christensen said. “I just think my senior year especially was my favorite year just because of the group of people I was with and the human beings that were here and what we accomplished.”

Kayte arguably had her best season for the Gauchos as a senior. She earned All-Big West honors, tied for the Big West lead with nine double-doubles, was twice named conference Player of the Week, as well as established career highs with 23 points, and 16 rebounds, in separate games.

Kayte earned her degree in classical civilizations – classical literature, language, history, and archaeology.

The California college kid in me wonders …. if Kayte ever went to the infamous ‘Freebirds’ late-night college burrito joint after games …?

Kayte Christensen-Hunter WNBA Career

Kayte Christensen-Hunter was selected in the third round (40th overall) of the 2002 WNBA draft by the Phoenix Mercury. Kayte played 6 total seasons in the WNBA with three teams – Phoenix Mercury, Houston Comets and the Chicago Sky.

Kayte, again, made the most of her opportunities! From the Mercado article referenced earlier, “But then I realized I was one of 12 rookies to actually make a roster, even everyone that was selected in the first round [16 players] didn’t make a team, so that’s when I realized how uncommon it was that I wound up in the WNBA and I was able to play a long time.”

Arguably, Kayte’s best season in the WNBA was in 2003, her second year in the league. With the Mercury that season Kayte appeared in 30 games, starting 16 of them. During that season, she averaged per game – 22 minutes, 6.9 points, and 4.2 rebounds.

Kayte is a hard worker! Her bio on the Mercury website describes Christensen as aggressive and describes typical play for her as “diving for loose balls and generally sacrificing her body for the good of the team.”

One random stat that stood out to me, in terms of how the game of basketball has evolved, is that Kayte attempted zero three-point shots during her WNBA career! Would that be the same case if she was playing in today’s hoops landscape?

During WNBA offseasons Kayte competed professionally overseas in South Korea, Turkey, and Greece.

Twice during her career, Kayte was honored with the WNBA Offseason Community Assist award, in 2003 and 2004!

The award winners work with The Sports Envoy program, which sends professional athletes overseas to conduct sports camps and engage in dialogue about important life lessons such as education, leadership, conflict resolution, and respect for diversity. 

Sports Media Career

Kayte started her sports media career in 2003, serving as Arizona State Lady Sun Devil basketball radio color commentator. After her WNBA playing career, Kayte started in 2010 as a sideline reporter for the Sacramento Kings. After a brief break with the Kings, Kayte returned in 2013-14 and continuously slangs ELITE level basketball knowledge as the pre and post-game host for the Sacramento Kings! Kayte has also worked with ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

Kayte earned the opportunity to serve as the television color commentator for a Sacramento Kings game during the 2020-21 season! This was not just groundbreaking, but also one of the best Kings broadcasts I listened to ALL season!

Personally, as a Kings fan, I am looking forward to more appearances from Kayte on the Sacramento Kings in-game broadcast team!

I Want YOUR Opinion

Have anything to add about Kayte? Let me know on my TWITTER @sactowncrown

Also, I love asking questions and hearing feedback! So, I often pose POLL QUESTIONS for my Twitter followers to vote on.

Below is one topic which I am really curious to hear about the opinions of Sacramento Kings and NBA fans!

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Sacramento Kings Trade Cory Joseph for Delon Wright … Aid in Kings PLAYOFF Push

The Detroit Pistons Delon Wright traded to the Sacramento Kings for Cory Joseph, and two second-round draft selections (2021 and 2024).

This trade was executed just minutes after the Sacramento Kings big win on Wednesday night over the HOT Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks were winners of 8 of their previous 9 games before losing to the Kings last night 110-108.

Sacramento Kings postgame crew of Jim Kozimor, and Kayte Christensen were breaking down the Kings win when the news of the CoJo trade broke LIVE on air. Even the infamous trade-breaker himself, ‘Woj’, was taken by surprise when the trade broke while he was LIVE on air with Scott Van Pelt on ESPN.

Delon Wright Traded to the Sacramento Kings

What does the 28-year-old, 6’5″ 185 lbs, Delon Wright add to the Kings? His per-game averages this season are 29.2 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5 assists. Wright is shooting 46.4% FG, 34.8% 3pt FG, 78.9% free throws.

Wright is under contract next season as well, where he will be slated to make 8.5 million dollars. This addition will complicate the re-signing of Richaun Holmes, salary-wise. There are still moves to be made before the NBA trade deadline Thursday 3/25, as well as the offseason.

My Takes

As of today, Thursday 3/25/2021, the Sacramento Kings have a record of 19-25. They have gone 4-1 over their previous 5 games.

In the NBA western conference standings the Kings currently sit at 12th place, only 3 games back of the 10th seed Golden State Warriors (22-22). The Kings play the Warriors TONIGHT in the second game of a back to back for the Kings. Steph Curry will be out of the game due to injury. The outcome of this game COULD be a BIG shake up in the western conference ‘play-in’ scene.

Some Kings fans and media members would instead point at the stat of the Kings being only 2 or so games back of a top 5 WORST record in the NBA. Nothing wrong with that, I’d be down for Jalen Suggs or Cade Cunningham next to Fox and Haliburton!

Currently though, I think the Kings have more to gain from a potential play-in push, and experience, rather than ‘tanking’. I say this less than 3 hours away from the 3/25 NBA trade deadline.

I personally think this Wright move is GREAT for the Kings. This is a sign the Kings are making a run at the playoff ‘play-in’ this season, as well as setting themselves up for next season! Delon Wright helps us NOW.

This also sets the Kings up to have Haliburton and Fox be the two main ball handlers. Luke Walton has said that he wants to have at least one of those two on the floor at all times.

I do not think the Kings need to add another point guard to the roster. Players are so ‘fluid’ in today’s NBA … being REQUIRED to handle the ball, guard multiple positions, shoot, etc. Wright adds that element to the Kings, where CoJo did not.

The Kings will miss the presence of CoJo as a leader in the locker room and especially to the Kings young players. Tyrese Haliburton even went as far as to say as CoJo has been a ‘big brother’ to him since his arrival in Sactown.

This move makes the Kings better now, and in the future. It also sets a precedent that they are willing to make some upgrades, change and take ACTION. I am excited to see what Kings general manager Monte McNair has in store for the future!

What Do YOU Think?

Let me know what you think about this trade, the future, the past, the present, WHATEVER … on my Twitter @sactowncrown

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Justin James Sacramento Kings Player Report

Original article by Tom Witt posted on Overtime Heroics Basketball

Justin James Sacramento Kings career is ready for take-off. How will the lofty-leaping Justin James impact the Kings in the future?

Ahead, I will outline Justin James basketball career – from college at the University of Wyoming, to the G-League with the Stockton Kings, to the NBA. As well as a few of my thoughts, questions, and opinions of what James has done so far, and the future he may play with the Sacramento Kings!

Justin James Sacramento Kings

The 6’7″ 190lbs Justin James was selected 40th overall (10th selection of the 2nd round) in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. The James selection was made by FORMER Kings general manager Vlade Divac. Former GM Divac stepped down during the off-season and was replaced by Monte McNair.

College Career

Justin James Collegiate Stats – University of Wyoming

Justin James played four seasons, 2015-16 through 2018-19, at the University of Wyoming. James steadily increased his numbers as he earned more playing time over his four seasons as a Wyoming Cowboy. For his play during his senior season, James was selected to All-MWC (Mountain West Conference) 2nd Team.

James went from starting 3 of his 30 games played as a freshman in 2015-16, to starting ALL 32 of 32 games played during his senior season, 2018-19!

During his senior season, James’ averaged 22.1 points, 4.4 assists, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, in 38 minutes per game! That earned him 2nd Team All-Mountain West Conference honors.

James’ shooting percentages were a bit up and down over his four-year collegiate career. Though his smooth attacking, high-flying style of play aided in an overall field goal percentage of 44% during his career at Wyoming.

James can attack the rim with the best of ’em! His leaping ability was on often on display during his college career.

James, while still working on consistency, has shown flashes of the ability to score from behind the arc. His best three-point shooting season was during his sophomore year, where James shot 42% on 3.2 attempts from deep per game.

G-League Short Stint Stand-Out

Justin James G-League Stats – Stockton Kings

Justin James played well in a very SMALL sample size with the Stockton Kings of the NBA G-League.

In three games played for Stockton during the 2019-20 season, James averaged 17.4 minutes, 15.7 points, 72% FG, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1 steal per game.

It seems as though James has earned himself a spot on the Sacramento Kings, over some other ‘prospects’. Some of that could be due to injuries on the team, some could be due to his contract stipulations, and some could be due to the Stockton Kings choosing to not enter the G-League ‘Gubble’ during the 2020-21 season.

While watching G-League highlights from James, his ATHLETICISM stood out. James’ play has been a collection of smooth, high-flying dunks … along with energetic, active play on defense.

NBA Career So Far

Justin James – NBA Stats

During his rookie season, 2019-20, James appeared in 36 games. JJ’s per-game averages as a rookie during the ‘Bubble’ modified season were – 6.4 minutes, 42% FG on 2.3 attempts, and 2.5 points.

James had an impressive showing against the Brooklyn Nets on 11/22/2019. During 33 minutes of action, James scored 14 points on 6-14 shooting! He also added in 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. You can check out highlights of James’ performance against the nets in my tweet, below!

So far this season James has been used sparingly by the Kings coaching staff. James has appeared in 14 games, while averaging 5.5 minutes and 1.9 points per game. Recently, the high-flying James has earned more playing time.

The Future of Justin James and the Sacramento Kings

I have a few questions!

How can James’ skills be best utilized now and in the future? How much playing time will the Kings coaching staff allot James as the season goes on?

I have hopes James will see increased action, and be able to add some sort of some positive contribution … while knowing he still has a lot to learn as he improves as a young player.

On offense, James has shown the ability to do more than just dunk. In a few of the highlight tapes I have watched James has been able to hit shots from different depths. Ranging from the pull-up floater, out to the three-point line.

Recently, due to the Kings injury woes, Justin James has been seeing increased playing time. In the past, the most we have seen of James is usually him running out from the bench to chest-bump a teammate. That’s not meant to ‘hate’ on James at all … shoot, I’d pay money to do that job for a night!

Could we see a future Sacramento Kings lineup featuring former Stockton Kings stand-outs DaQuan Jeffries and Justin James?

What’s YOUR Opinion?

I love posting polls for fans to be able to share their opinion! As a fan myself, I love interacting on polls, giving my opinion, and seeing what others think!

One of my latest poll questions I asked my followers on my Twitter account @sactowncrown addresses the goals of the Kings for the short term, and how they may most positively affect the long term.

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Sacramento Basketball and the 2021 Naismith Hall of Fame Nominees

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Feel the Roar! Sacramento Basketball and the 2021 Naismith Hall of Fame class MAY become synonymous. Yolanda Griffth, Rick Adelman, and Chris Webber, three Sacramento basketball legends, are part of a group of 14 up for the 2021 nomination into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

2021 Naismith Hall of Fame Nominees

From the Naismith Hall of Fame, “The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the list of eligible candidates for the Class of 2021, including first-time nominees Doug CollinsMichael CooperHoward GarfinkelLou HensonPaul Pierce, Val Ackerman, Yolanda Griffith, and Lauren Jackson.

Returning to the ballot are fan-favorite nominees Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Richard Hamilton, Bob Huggins, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber, Jay Wright, Swin Cash and Becky Hammon among others.

Yolanda Griffith

In my opinion, Sacramento Monarch Yolanda Griffith is the best professional basketball player to ever play in Sacramento.

The former WNBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, Griffith was an integral part of the Sacramento Monarchs build-up to, and during, their WNBA championship WIN in 2005.

That 2005 Monarchs WNBA championship triumph is the ONLY professional basketball championship, yet, to come to the city of Sacramento, CA.

During her 11 year WNBA career, “Yo” appeared in 311 contests. The 7-time WNBA All-Star Griffith holds career averages of 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.

The former Florida Atlantic Owl was a member of the United States Women’s Basketball Team, where she won Gold Medals during the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

Griffith was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

From 1999-2008 the Sacramento Monarchs went on a historic run –

  • Sacramento made the playoffs 9/10 seasons from 1999-2008
  • 2005 and 2006– The Monarchs earned back to back WNBA western conference championships
  • ‘Crowning’ Achievementwinning the WNBA CHAMPIONSHIP in 2005!

Griffith and Lauren Jackson are the only two former WNBA players, out of 14 total people, nominated for the 2021 Naismith Hall of Fame class.

Rick Adelman

Adelman is the greatest head coach in Sacramento Kings basketball history. The Sacramento Kings have had 8 winning seasons during their 36-year history in Sacramento. ALL 8 of those seasons were coached by Adelman.

Coach Adelman is the 9th most winningest coach of all time. He started his NBA coaching career in 1989 with the Portland Trailblazers.

After a brief stint with the Golden State Warriors, Adelman was hired on September 17th, 1998 as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Adelman was the head coach for many of the greatest Sacramento Kings of all time … from the flashy Jason Williams, the sharp-shooting Peja Stojakovic, and even the high-flyer, Gerald Wallace.

Adelman is a beloved figure in Sactown, one of the only former ‘Greatest Show On Court’ members to not have any real … resentment … from Sacramento Kings fans.

Regardless of if Adelman gets into the Naismith Hall of Fame this year, he deserves MORE recognition in Sacramento. How should the Kings honor the greatest coach in franchise history?

Adelman Avenue adjacent to David J. Stern Walk next to the Golden1 Center in downtown Sacramento, ‘DOCO’, would be pretty cool!

Chris Webber

C-Webb is one of the most beloved and sometimes … saddening … figures in Sacramento Kings basketball history.

The acquisition of Webber was one of the most POSITIVE franchise-changing moves ever made by the Sacramento Kings. Bringing in Webber, along with the team that molded around him, became known as ‘The Greatest Show on Court’. An exciting, high-energy, NBA team that was decades ahead of their ‘time’ in the NBA.

During his NBA career, Webber appeared in 831 NBA games, where he held career per-game averages of – 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists.

Webber has been ‘snubbed’ from the Naismith Hall of Fame for the last five years. Will this be the year C-Webb finally gets his HOF bid?

Sacramento Basketball and the 2021 Naismith Hall of Fame

There is an opportunity for one, two, or three Sacramento basketball legends to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Sacramento Basketball and the 2021 Naismith Hall of Fame class MAY become synonymous.

This is a great opportunity for the Sacramento media community, Sacramento Kings, and Monarchs fans, to bring some POSITIVE notoriety to the area.

The Sacramento Kings are sometimes talked down upon, sometimes not even talked about at ALL by the national media.

This is an exciting time in Sacramento sports history! Best of fortunes to all in the HOF journey!

Go Kings and Monarchs!

-Tom Witt

Let’s continue the conversation on TWITTER @sactowncrown

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Sacramento Kings Potential Trades and Future Moves

*Link to FULL Article – Sacramento Kings Potential Trades and Future Moves – By: Tom Witt*

Just about halfway through the 2020-21 NBA season, and the Sacramento Kings look to be sellers in the NBA trade market. Ahead, I outline a few Sacramento Kings potential trades. As well as some of the possible ‘motives’ behind different types of moves that Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair may make before the March 25th NBA trade deadline.

Many Potential Trade ‘Motives’

There many possibilities in terms of Sacramento Kings potential trades and future moves.

Carmichael Dave‘ said it well in his recent article, “Monte’s Plan is Clear Ish”Sacramento Kings GM Monte McNair needs to think in the MACRO, not the MICRO.

The Kings had a stretch earlier in the season where they won 7 of 8 games and showed flashes of playoff prowess! Though, after that hot streak, the consistent inconsistency got the best of the Kings, who have recently lost 9 of their last 10 games … as of Saturday 2/27/21.

That hot stretch gave the Kings fans some ‘false hope’ in terms of a playoff push. I think the Kings are SELLERS as the trade deadline approaches.

Kings Have Valuable ‘Playoff Assets’

Sacramento Kings Team Payroll

The Sacramento Kings roster is full of players who can potentially fill MANY roles on teams contending for the playoffs and championship.

In late January I went over my ‘Sacramento Kings Trade-Ability Tiers’ for EVERY player on the Kings roster.

I still mostly stand by the ‘three tiers’ I outlined in that article. Besides De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Marvin Bagley III (for now), all Sacramento Kings players are tradeable, in my opinion. Some of the ‘nuance’ behind my thoughts on each player and their future with the Kings will be expanded upon more, later in this article.

The Kings have many players whom I think can offer a lot of value to the right team, at the right time.

Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield is a polarizing figure in the Sacramento Kings basketball world. I think the Kings would be best suited if they can move on from Buddy.

The Kings might be able to get ‘lucky’ and find a trade partner who is willing to ‘overpay’ to add Buddy to a championship run.

Another scenario may involve the Kings trading Hield for a ‘salary dump’ type of player(s), in order to free up room to make more moves in the future.

I think the most realistic scenario is that the Kings do not move Buddy Hield this season. He is making $24 million this season, declining by $2 million each season until his contract is over at the end of the 2023-24 season.

Hield might be hard to trade, this season.

Who knows though, Buddy could age well, and fit into an ELITE shooting role off the bench for the Kings at $18 million during a playoff run in the 2023-24 season ….

Richaun Holmes

Richaun Holmes ranks in the top of the league in multiple categories!

Holmes ranks in the top 4 in the league in 2PT FG percentage.

He also ranks first in the league in personal fouls. Although, Holmes is getting better at not getting into foul trouble. It is hard sometimes though, when he is the only one playing defense on the floor for the Kings.

I am going to get straight to it ….

Does Monte McNair value Holmes enough to re-sign him? How do Bagley III and Richaun Holmes pair together in the future?

Does McNair want to utilize the ‘Robinhood’ method, and trade Holmes at his highest value? Maybe even do the ‘unspeakable’ and trade him with the hopes to pursue him back to Sactown in the free agent market, with an added piece from trading him previously ….

Or, just move on completely.

The next few weeks leading up the the March 25th NBA trade deadline, and the decisions made with Richaun Holmes will really dictate the Kings future, short term and long term.

McNair has some tough, and exciting, decisions ahead!

Harrison Barnes

I love what Harrison Barnes brings to the Kings in terms of defense, and at times offensively. Though, Barnes is sometimes ‘inconsistent’ on offense.

To me, that inconsistency is due to a few different reasons. Sometimes, he is just off and doesn’t score much. Sometimes he is tasked with defending the opponents best offensive player, night after night.

Barnes has even been playing some ‘5’, or center, for the Kings in smaller lineups. Being consistently productive on offense is tough, especially when Barnes is giving a high level of individual defensive effort, on an all-time bad defensive team.

Barnes can add a LOT to a playoff or championship contending team, depending on need and fit. Barnes can even play a role on a team that isn’t quite contending for a championship this season, but building for the future.

Harrison Barnes is under contract for two years after this season. He makes $22 million this season, with that number declining by $2 million or so the next few seasons. That could work in the favor of the Kings, or it could work against them.

The right team, at the right time, with the right need …

Nemanja Bjelica

Bjelica is a sharp shooter, who doesn’t shy away from the big shots … or the big inbounds pass.

Big Shot Belli‘ has made some CLUTCH late game shots, many times for the Kings.

ANY playoff bound team, especially a team with championship aspirations this season, would benefit from having Bjelica on their roster.

Even if that just means Bjelica plays a few minutes here and there. If he can hit even one big shot, to help on a team’s quest to win a championship, it would be well worth ‘renting’ out Bjelica for a playoff run.

Will the Kings trade him as part of a package deal? Or just indivdually?

The ‘package deal’ option seems like the best way to get the most VALUE out of most Kings trade options for Belli. Maybe add in a third team. There are LOTS of options out there for Bjelica and the Kings to make moves, if they choose to do so!

Bjelica has been looking good in his limited role recently with the Kings. What happened with him sitting out earlier this season? Are the Kings tempted to keep him? Will they look to re-sign him in the off-season?

Since the Kings aren’t making a legit playoff run this season, and Bjelica is a free agent at the end of the season, I think the Kings SHOULD move him.

Hell, for the good of the view-ability of the NBA playoffs, Bjelica and MANY other Kings should be spread around the league to teams who can utilize their skills to pursue a championship …

Maybe I should write an article about former Sacramento Kings players currently ballin’ on another team …. who knows?

Hassan Whiteside

Whiteside can add DEFENSE to a team that needs a big, slow, lane clogger! He also has 6 fouls to use up for a team …

I think that any team who may want to trade for Whiteside will do so based on a future potential playoff matchup with a specific opponent. Not necessarily for the their current team needs, but based on an important playoff matchup in the future.

Maybe a team’s coaching staff thinks the way to stop Embiid, Giannis, or even an elite, lane penetrating guard … is to just clog the lane up and force a different mode of attack.

Again, I think the Kings can get the most value out of a Whiteside trade if they package him with other players.

Cory Joseph

Cory Joseph seems to be another one of those Kings players that will play much better when on a better team, with better players, more established systems, etc.

Joseph can lock down on defense with the best in the league. On a playoff team, with POTENT offensive weapons around him, Joseph could shine in a championship run!

Just like multiple of the players listed above, Joseph will probably bring back the ‘most value’ paired with other Kings players in a trade, or potentially involving the third team.

Joseph makes $12.6 million this and next season. If the Kings decide to just get rid of him for a ‘salary dump’ and add someone else going into next season, I’m alright with that.

Three Ways Kings Can ‘Upgrade’

Trades, Free Agency, NBA Draft

I posed a poll on my Twitter and 36 people voted on how they think the Kings should look to upgrade in the future.

The results showed that 54% of voters think they should do that mainly through the NBA draft, 38% trade, and 8% free agency.

The ‘farm system’ of the NBA G League is improving daily! Though, it doesn’t seem like all that many players are getting NBA call-ups and making impacts on playoff teams. I think that is going to be more of an option in the future. Right now though, developing ‘impact’ players on playoff teams isn’t something the G League is doing consistently, yet.

Former G League and Stockton Kings standout DaQuan Jeffries has seen increased minutes since his return from injury. Many Sacramento Kings ‘talking heads’ out there are calling for more minutes for Jeffries, and even to start him over … Buddy Hield.

Kings rookies Jahmi’us Ramsey and Robert Woodard have been playing well in the G League ‘Gubble’ this season. Will they ever make an impact on a playoff-bound Sacramento Kings team? I need to do more research, and let time take its course. Patience seems to be a theme with Kings basketball …

Dump Salary and ‘Reset’

One approach to the Kings long term playoff-type improvement, may be to just trade some of our higher salary players. That might be for other high salary players, or players which teams are looking to move on from, with expiring contracts.

This route may give the Kings a bit more money in the free agency market going into the upcoming off-season.

This ‘dump and reset’ (no not Carmichael Dave‘s morning routine…) approach also gives the Kings more opportunity in the trade market. With more money available, they may be able to trade draft picks and ‘non-core’ players for a player on another team to take on an ‘impact’ player with a ‘higher’ salary.

Acquire Draft Picks

Another avenue the Kings may travel down is to trade players for draft assets.

Those draft assets may come along with some young unproven players. Players who have fallen out of favor/rotation on their previous team, or veterans to add salary to the trade.

Monte McNair has talked about having ‘control’ of the roster going forward. One of the best ways to do that, is to choose the players in the draft to build your team around.

‘Mid-Level Star’ to Complement ‘Kings Core Three’

One more ‘farfetched’ possibility would be for the Kings to acquire a proven player through trade or free agency.

In my opinion, this would have to be a player who the Kings can pair along with their ‘core three’ of De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Marvin Bagley III.

This could be a player who the Kings are willing to potentially trade for, using their future first-round draft selections and ‘non-core three’ players.

The likelihood of the Kings landing a major free agent during the next off season are low, in my opinion.

In the future, I think the Kings will build a positive reputation around the NBA and be a more sought out free agent destination.

For now though, the Kings still need to build that league wide free agent rapport. That will most likely be done through the draft in the short term, and by cleansing the roster with salary dump and reset type trades.

This will give GM McNair more control of the future of the Kings. Which will put them in a position to contend for the playoffs and a championship consistently, for years to come.

Remember the wise words of Carmichael Dave … ‘macro not micro’.

Sacramento Kings Potential Trades – NBA Trade Machine Fun

I’m not going to go over multiple, unrealistic Sacramento Kings potential trades. I try to not predict too many trades or moves. But … the ‘NBA Trade Machine’ is fun to play around with from time to time.

I will present one trade option that I think works well for the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers.

Questions Remain

What is Marvin Bagley III future ‘position’ on the floor with the Kings?

What does GM Monte McNair think of the price and the future fit of Richaun Holmes?

How does McNair feel about head coach Luke Walton‘s long term future with the Kings?

Future is Bright in Sactown

I think the Kings future is exciting and bright!

There is a lot of upside for all of the Kings players.

I mean, do we really want to break our 15 year playoff drought when Golden1 Center isn’t allowed to be ROARIN’ at FULL capacity? I’ll wait another year for a first round playoff home game, and most likely exit. That whole patience thing again, jeez!

I Want YOUR Opinion

What are your thoughts on Sacramento Kings potential trades and future moves?

Who/what position/type of player do the Kings need to add alongside their ‘core three’ to make a consistent playoff presence in the future?

Let’s start the conversation on Twitter @sactowncrown

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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February Sacramento Kings PREDICTIONS

Greetings all!

Check out my Sacramento Kings Predictions – February 2021

See my takes on the TOUGH upcoming schedule for the Sacramento Kings as they navigate their way through the month of January!

Check out how my first set of Kings season predictions went!

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt


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Kings Defense Shines in Victory Against Nuggets

Hello My Lovely Subscribers!

Below is the link to my most recent Sacramento Kings article!

Kings Defense Shines in Victory Against Nuggets

The Sacramento Kings are ENTIRELY EXCEEDING EVERYONE’S EXPECTATIONS EXPONENTIALLY!

On Tuesday, the Kings move to a 3-1 record with a thrilling victory over the 2019-20 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALIST Denver Nuggets!

Upcoming Kings Games

Thursday 12/31 – @ Houston Rockets

Saturday 1/2/21 – @ Houston Rockets

Monday 1/4 – @ Golden State Warriors

GO KINGS!

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Much Love and Happy New Year,

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Sacramento Kings Weekly Recap 1 – Optimism High After First 2-0 Start Since 2003!

Hey, All!

I am sending the link to my latest article!

This is my FIRST article that I published after accepting my new role as an editor of the Overtime Heroics NBA basketball page!

Thank you for your support, clicks, feedback and everything!

Much Love and Go Kings!

Sacramento Kings Weekly Recap 1 – By Tom Witt

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Sactown Crown Report: Kings 2020 Draft Selection Player Breakdown & G-League UPDATE

By: Tom Witt – Twitter: @sactowncrown – 12/5/20

The Sacramento Kings are in what some would call a ‘re-build’. Kings fans have heard that phrase a FEW times before.

The last time the franchise made the playoffs was in 2006. That was a team comprised of a ballin’ Bonzi Wells, a young Kevin Martin, and the veteran point guard Mike Bibby.

Kings NEW general manager Monte McNair has a vision, an ivy league degree, and multiple years of experience working his way up in the Houston Rockets front office ranks.

Read ahead to learn more about the three Sacramento Kings NBA Draft selections and MORE!

In This Article

  • Kings 2020 Draft Selection Player Breakdown
  • Stockton Kings G-League Update
  • Speculation, Opinions, Stats, History, More!

2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Selections:

The Kings have signed all three of their selections from the 2020 NBA Draft – Tyrese Haliburton, Jahmi’us Ramsey and Robert Woodard.

Read more about all three players below!

Guard/Wing – Tyrese Haliburton – 12th Overall (1st round) – Iowa State

Check out my FULL BREAKDOWN of Haliburton and his bright future with the Kings HERE!

With the 12th overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings selected Tyrese Haliburton – 6’5″, 175 lbs, 7′ wingspan – guard from Iowa State University.

For Kings fans experiencing chronic draft day anxiety – KHTK 1140 reported Haliburton saying,

“Sacramento is the perfect spot for me… I’m ready to get to work right away.”

Tyrese Haliburton

HALIBURTON ‘SLIPS’ TO SACTOWN

The Iowa State Cyclone played two seasons in college.

During the COVID shortened 2019-20 season, the sophomore Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists and 1 steal per game. He shot 50% FG, 40% 3pt FG and 82% free throws.

I saw MANY mock drafts that had Haliburton in the top 6 selections. Link HERE

HIGH PRAISE FOR HALIBURTON

Former NBA assistant GM Bobby Marks, currently an NBA draft analyst for ESPN, was live on the ESPN NBA Draft TV coverage praising Haliburton.

Marks mentioned that Haliburton is the best pre-draft interview he has been part of during 25 years working in the NBA and at ESPN.

Live on ESPN, Marks also went on to say that he thinks he will be in the league for 15 years.

Check out my FULL BREAKDOWN of Haliburton and his bright future with the Kings HERE!

Forward/Wing – Robert Woodard – 40th overall selection (2nd rd.) – Mississippi State

Robert Woodard is a hustle and defensive machine. What Woodard currently lacks in offensive refinement – he makes up for with effort, intensity, and high IQ play.

Woodard has the ability to guard multiple positions. Measuring in at 6’7″, 235lbs, 7’1″ wingspan – Woodard has good defensive footwork, IQ, and a drive to be successful on the defensive end.

In his sophomore season at Mississippi State, Woodard averaged 11.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and just over 1 steal per game.

To be successful in the NBA, Woodard needs to work on his offensive skills and confidence. He doesn’t need to be a volume shooter, or necessarily need to create his own shot, to be successful in the NBA. Woodard will be successful working on his catch and shoot 3’s, and mid range game – while being a defensive minded, high IQ, hustle player!

Guard – Jahmi’us Ramsey – 43rd overall selection (2nd rd.) – Texas Tech

Ramsey is a confident player, who is LOOKING to score.

He can score from all three levels – at the rim, in the mid-range, and from deep. The Texas Tech product is confident, has a strong body, above average offensive footwork/moves for his age.

On the offensive end, Ramsey needs to improve his shot selection, and discipline. Gaining experience, high-quality coaching, and an opportunity to play will help Ramsey on the offensive end.

As a freshman at Texas Tech, Ramsey averaged over 15 ppg.

On the defensive end, Ramsey needs to work on his defensive technique, footwork, and effort. The tape I’ve seen shows him often biting on shot fakes, being over-aggressive, and out of the system.

As Ramsey gains more experience, and NBA level coaching, that level of tenacity and aggression on defense will serve him well!

I am not completely sure of who can be sent to the G-League, per their contract, how often, etc. BUT I could see Ramsey BALLIN’ in the 209 for the Stockton Kings.

Link to complete list of 2020 NBA Draft selections

G-League Update

What is the G-League?

  • Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) became the NBA G League as part of a multiyear expanded partnership between the NBA and Gatorade.

The Stockton Kings are the Sacramento Kings NBA G-League affiliate team. Stockton finished the COVID shortened 2019-20 regular season as G-League Pacific Division Champs – fifth seed in the western conference.

Stockton finished the 2019-20 season at 24-19 – before the G-League season and playoffs were cancelled on March 12th.

Graduation Rate HIGH In Stockton

In regards to producing NBA players, the Stockton Kings have been one of the best G-League teams over the past few seasons.

Stockton is tied for first with Sioux Falls in the category of ‘unique player call ups’ with eight. And rank second in the league in ‘non-parent call ups’ with six.

See how the Stockton Kings rank amongst the other G-League franchises

2020-21 G-League Season On The Rocks

The prospect for a 2020-21 G-League season is not looking great.

From an article by Slam Magazine written on 10/15/20,

According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, there may not be a 2020-21 for the G League due to the Coronavirus crisis. According to industry sources, there have been discussions of various scenarios for a GLeague campaign, including not holding one at all and expanding NBA rosters instead.

There is some chatter that there may be a G-League bubble put on for a few weeks at a time. This has been rumored to keep players active, and potentially ready to be called up to the ‘big leagues’.

G-League/NBA Two Way Contracts

In 2017 each NBA team were granted two extra roster spots with the addition of G-League two-way contracts. That raised the number of NBA roster spots from 15 to 17.

From the G-League website:

  • NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.
  • Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league.
  • Only players in their fourth NBA season or earlier are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

Last season the Kings ‘two way players’ were Kyle Guy and Da’Quan Jeffries. Guy is still on a two way contract this season for the Kings.

Jeffries showed his NBA ability during the ‘bubble’ and earned a three year NBA contract from the Kings in the off season!

In later articles I will dive deeper into the G-League, the rich hoops roots of the Reno Bighorns, and the bright future of the G-League and Stockton Kings.

Looking Ahead

Sacramento Kings 2020-21 Preseason

Regular Season Schedule

It will be a fun preseason for the Sacramento Kings and their rabid fanbase.

Personally, I am excited to see how the Kings ‘young core’ of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III has improved upon this off season. I am also excited to see how the new free agents and rookies will be utilized.

The Kings start their preseason action on Friday 12/11 at 7:30pm against the Portland TrailBlazers.

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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Sacramento Kings WIN NBA Draft 1st Round: Select Guard Tyrese Haliburton 12th Overall

BY: TOM WITT – SACTOWN CROWN – TWITTER – @TOMTOOWITTY – 11/19/20

With the 12th overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings selected Tyrese Haliburton – 6’5″, 175 lbs, 7′ wingspan – guard from Iowa State University.

For Kings fans experiencing chronic draft day anxiety – KHTK 1140 reported Haliburton saying, “Sacramento is the perfect spot for me… I’m ready to get to work right away.”

Haliburton ‘Slips’ To SacTown

The Iowa State Cyclone played two seasons in college.

During the COVID shortened 2019/20 season, the sophomore Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, 1 steal per game. He shot 50% FG, 40% 3pt FG, 82% free throws.

It seemed like the first three selections in the NBA draft went ‘as planned’. Then the Chicago Bulls selected Patrick Williams, big man out of Florida State. I did not see many mock drafts with Williams going to Chicago. The Bulls selection seemed to ‘stir’ things up over the next ten or so selections.

I saw MANY mock drafts that had Haliburton in the top 6 selections. Link HERE!

A mock draft by Tankathon had him going at 4th overall!

Link to complete list of 2020 NBA Draft selections

High Praise For Haliburton

Former NBA assistant GM Bobby Marks, currently an NBA draft analyst for ESPN, was live on the ESPN NBA Draft TV coverage praising Haliburton.

Marks mentioned that Haliburton is the best pre-draft interview he has been part of during 25 years working in the NBA and at ESPN.

Live on ESPN, Marks also went on to say that he thinks he will be in the league for 15 years.

In the heat of the moment, Marks even went on to state on the air that “the Kings are winning the night so far.”

Marks compares Haliburton’s ‘FLOOR’ to Shaun Livingston.

That type of praise speaks for itself!

Marks is interviewed HERE by ‘Deuce & Mo’.

Haliburton Touted For High Basketball IQ

Iowa State men’s basketball head coach Steve Prohm is interviewed HERE by ‘Deuce & Mo’.

More than just his on court playing ability, Prohm praises a lot of the ‘intangibles’ that Haliburton brings to the Kings organization. High IQ, spirit, passion. Coach Prohm even went to describe Haliburton as a ‘rock star’.

One last comment from the Iowa State Cyclone head coach – “Sacramento is in for a treat.”

Offensive Efficiency

Haliburton shot an impressive 49% on ‘Catch and Shoot’ opportunities.

MY LATEST ARTICLE ON THE BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC TRADE HERE

My Thoughts On Haliburton

After watching some film on Tyrese a few things pop out to me:

He is a playmaker, with great vision. The new King is patient with the ball coming off of screens and when probing into the lane.

The vision and patience he displayed, and the ability to find the open player for an assist, is something that stood out while watching film.

Change of Pace

He changes speeds well, and uses that change of pace to his advantage on offense.

Although his shot may look ‘unconventional’, it looks efficient and confident. That confident release from deep will help when long, athletic NBA defenders are closing out on him after a drive and kick from De’Aaron Fox.

The 12th overall selection can also score at ‘all three levels’.

He shoots at a high percentage and with confidence from three, has a patient mid-range/floater game, and also demonstrates patience, touch and ability to finish around the basket.

As he continues to gain strength, his ability to finish in the lane will continue to improve. Which will open up more outside shooting opportunities for him. The future is BRIGHT for Haliburton.

Areas That Need Improvement

Weight/Strength

As mentioned previously, Haliburton needs to continue to gain weight and strength. One ‘knock’ scouts have on Tyrese is his ability to defend the pick and roll against bigger defenders.

His lack of size has also presented a struggle when trying to drive and finish in the lane. As well as taking the ball up the floor against a full court pressure.

I think that with time, nutrition and training – he will add the needed ‘NBA’ weight. There is NO lack of effort, that I’ve seen, when it comes to his defensive intensity – just sometimes a lack of size.

Awkward, Slow Release

His shot has been criticized to be slow at release and ‘awkward’. I personally think that with a few tweaks, over time, he will continue to hit at the high shooting percentage he displayed in his final collegiate season (50% FG, 41% 3pt FG).

Kings GM McNair Setting New Precedent In SacTown

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Kings new general manager Monte McNair is not the same old ‘KANGZ’ GM.

In an article on KHTK 1140 McNair said of the Kings draft strategy

“It was just about the best player available. It always will be,” McNair said during a media session after the draft. “We’re happy that he fits the style of play we want, but first and foremost he was the best talent available to us and we don’t pass up talent.”

That seems to be a big change from the Kings previous draft strategy … which wasn’t very clear or very … good.

Tyrese HaliBURNin’

The 6’5″, 175 lbs guard went on the Carmichael Dave show a few days after the NBA Draft and said he had gained 17lbs over quarantine. That’s 17lbs of GOOD weight, not Carmichael Dave weight.

That is very promising to hear. As a leaner player, it seems like Haliburton needs to add a little weight over the next few years. Not necessarily to get stronger, but to be better able to take the physicality of the NBA.

Looking Ahead

Training camp is slated to start December 1st. That’s … SOON!

Keep an eye out for my next article – ANALYZING Kings 2nd round selections Robert Woodard II and Jahmi’us Ramsey.

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

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SACRAMENTO KINGS TRADE UPDATE: Bogdanovic To Bucks Trade SQUASHED Last Minute

BY: TOM WITT – SACTOWN CROWN – TWITTER – @TOMTOOWITTY – 11/19/20

The impending trade between the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks involving Bogdan Bogdanovic has been ‘squashed’.

The trade included sending Bogdanovic and Justin James to the Milwaukee Bucks for Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson, and Ersan Ilyasova.

The trade has apparently been put on hold and more recently fully ‘cancelled’ – and there are a few rumors that have been ‘swirling’ around as to WHY.

Bogdanovic Opts Out Of Trade – Updates Across The Nation

Sam Amick of The Athletic has been updating Kings fans on Twitter in terms of the Bogdanovic trade.

ESPN’s ‘Woj’ tweeted that Bogdanovic will enter restricted free agency on Friday.

Talkin’ Bout Rumors

Rumors I’ve been hearing on Kings radio KHTK 1140 AM mention that Bogi feels he thinks he can get more money on the restricted free agent market, compared to what he was going to get with in the trade to the Bucks.

The amount that the Bucks could offer to Bogi, because of their trade for Jrue Holiday, seemed to be the main reason this trade did not go through. By adding Holiday, the Bucks are unable to offer more money to Bogi, due to the very confusing NBA salary cap and free agency rules!

Bogdanovic Wants Control Of His Future

This seems like a move on Bogi’s part in part to gain a bit of control over his future.

There is a big difference between earning $14 and $18 million per year, over the next three years. Probably even more important than getting ‘what he is worth’, that type of ‘extra money’ per year can positively affect multiple generations of your family. That’s big time!

Bogi ultimately probably wants a little bit more control and flexibility in his final free agency destination.

Previously, Sacramento Kings ‘talking heads’ have constantly mentioned that Bogi likes living and playing in Sacramento. I can see why he would rather live in Folsom, CA during January, opposed to Milwaukee, WI.

Also, Bogdanovic has often been rumored to want to be a starter. Maybe he wants to go to a team where he is a starter? Maybe he is hungry for a championship and wants to go to a contender? Maybe he wants to get paid? Maybe he wants to stay in Sacramento? WHO KNOWS!

New GM McNair Setting A New Tone In SacTown

Regardless of the Bogdanovic trade being nixed, Sacramento’s new GM Monte McNair is already setting an early precedent that the Kings will not be a ‘stagnant’ team.

McNair has made more big moves in his first month and a half on the job than most Kings GM’s have made in their entire SacTown tenure.

Coach Walton

I like what players say about Luke Walton, usually worded in terms of “being relatable to players.”

If Walton isn’t able to progress the team this season, not necessarily win games, but make progress, I think he will be let go before season’s end.

Former NBA head coach Alvin Gentry was brought in by McNair to be the lead assistant coach. I don’t necessarily think that was to put pressure on Walton or to be his predecessor. However, I do think that he would be a good option if the Kings do move on from Walton, and don’t bring in someone from outside the franchise.

Heck, they even brought in a well loved ESPN announcer in Mark Jones! Check out my article on the topic HERE!

It seems as though McNair is making moves for long term consistency, not short term hope.

Bogdanovic Or Buddy?

Simply put, the question we thought might be FINALLY answered is back on the forefront of Kings fans minds.

Check out my article on the topic of who to start, Bogi or Buddy – HERE!

Looking Ahead!

The next few hours, days and weeks will be big in terms of the short term and long term future of the Sacramento Kings.

Will the Kings make another trade? Will they sign any free agents?

Games start in just over a MONTH! Although, there won’t be fans in the stands at The Palace That Vivek Built (Golden1 Center) – NorCal will be rockin’ and ready for more Kings basketball!

Check back for my upcoming article on Tyrese Haliburton, whom the Kings selected 12th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.

It is an exciting time in SacTown!

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

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My article on the topic of the original Bogi trade is linked HERE. I wanted to correct a few errors in the previous article – I often misspelled ‘Bogdanovic’. Learning moments, progress is a process.

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Sacramento Kings BIG Trade: Bogdanovich Headed to Milwaukee for 3 Players

By: Tom Witt – SacTown Crown – Twitter – @tomtoowitty – 11/17/20

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN – The Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a sign and trade involving Bogdan Bogdanovich.

The sign and trade would send Bogdanovich and Justin James to Milwaukee. In return the Kings will receive Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova.

Per NBA rules – the sign and trade will not be official until Sunday 11/22. That is when the free agent moratorium is lifted.

Thoughts On The Bogdanovich Trade

The Kings needed to make this move.

The Kings got worse, in the short term. Though, better positioned for the LONG TERM.

By trading Bogi, in my opinion, maybe moves the Kings from 29-ish wins to 26-ish next season. In other words, the Kings move from 11th seed in the western conference, to the worst team in the west.

Not a bad deal for a team looking to rebuild, while looking ahead at a stacked 2021 draft class.

The Kings need to COMMIT to a rebuild. Our ‘rebuilds of the past’ have been hampered by new coaches, new GM’s, NEW OWNERS, almost moving cities, and a myriad of other tumultuous situations.

The NBA western conference is STACKED. This only solidifies the Kings need to build for the LONG TERM, not hope in the short term.

As much as Kings fans, and me, loved Bogdanovich … in all reality he probably didn’t want to be in Sacramento long term. He’s 28 years old, is an international champion, and wants to win in the NBA.

Because of Bogdanovich’s free agent status – he could have left us for nothing in the free agent market, besides a compensational draft pick.

This move by Kings new general manager Monte McNair is positive for many reasons.

The salary cap.

Setting us up for future moves.

And honestly, getting our team name out there nationally, and showing we are willing to make ‘big’ moves to change the franchise.

Kings Choose Buddy Buckets Over Bogdanovich

This trade will also relieve a lot of the … tension … and questions surrounding Buddy Hield. Hield should presumably be happier now that there won’t be the constant conversation around who should start – Buddy or Bogdanovich.

This move will also make life ‘easier’ for the Kings coaching staff. A happy Hield, seems like a more coachable Hield, just from my perspective.

That is all if the Kings decide to keep Buddy going into the start of the upcoming season – as Hield is constantly involved in trade rumors.

DiVincenzo – A Young Bogdanovich

I see many similarities between Bogdanovich and Donte DiVincenzo.

First off, they are both winners. DiVincenzo won two NCAA national championships at Villanova.

The 23 year old Divincenzo is a solid outside shooter, and improving offensive creator. He also is TOUGH and has great energy and ‘motor’. He will only continue to improve. In 66 games last season, DiVincenzo averaged per game – 23 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

Most importantly though, DiVincenzo instantly becomes the Kings best on-ball and team defender.

Dante’s defense stood out last season. According to Basketball Reference, DiVincenzo ranked third in the NBA in defensive rating (101.3) and sixth in defensive box plus-minus. He also led the Bucks in steals per game (1.3).

The Red Rocket From The Pocket

The Kings fanbase will fall in love with DiVincenzo because of his energy and passion. I also think that DiVincenzo will thrive off that SacTown energy and love.

DiVincenzo will soak in that ever flowing energy that the SacTown fanbase showers upon any player who gives us a CHANCE at the playoffs.

When the fans are finally able to populate the palace that Vivek built – it will be ROCKIN’.

Capital Christian Alum D.J. Wilson Back in SacTown

D.J. Wilson went to high school in Sacramento at Capital Christian. He has not lived up to his 17th overall selection potential – but he is young, and has a lot of upside. This could be Wilsons opportunity to show what he has.

Ersan Ilyasova is a veteran power forward who could potentially fill a role with the Kings, if they decide to keep him.

Sacramento has A LOT of power forwards – Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes, Nemenja Bjelica, Jabari Parker (who just exercised his option to return to the Kings next year), Harry Giles III … did I miss anyone?

Check out more of my Kings Offseason Opinions and Predictions at the link HERE!

Kings Fans .. Prepare for the Departure of Harry Giles III

It’s as simple as that. The salary cap, the Kings log jam at power forward and the “Marvin Bagley project” all suggest that Harry Giles III won’t be back with the Kings in 2021.

I LOVE Harry Giles III and what he brought to Sacramento. HGIII brought positive energy, a reason for conversation, and big time upside to a fanbase who often doesn’t have anything to look forward to.

In my perfect scenario – Harry continuously improves, gets past his myriad of injuries, and matures into a solid NBA veteran who playoff contenders want on their team.

Picture this – the 2027/28 Kings are the four seed in the NBA west … and Harry is acquired in a midseason trade to add that last needed piece for a championship run. Who knows … a guy can dream, right?!

New GM McNair Setting New Tone

Sacramento’s new GM Monte McNair is already setting an early precedent that the Kings will not be a ‘stagnant’ team. McNair has made more big moves in his first one and a half months on the job than most Kings GM’s have made in their entire SacTown tenure.

Heck, they even brought in a well loved ESPN announcer in Mark Jones! Check out my article on the topic HERE!

It seems as though McNair is making moves for long term consistency, not short term hope.

Coach Walton

I like what players say about Luke Walton, usually worded in terms of ‘being relatable to players’. I think that McNair will continue on his same path of making moves if a need to change presents itself.

If Walton isn’t able to progress the team this season, not necessarily win games, but make progress – I think he will be let go before season’s end.

Former NBA head coach Alvin Gentry was brought in by McNair to be the lead assistant coach. I don’t necessarily think that was to put pressure on Walton or to be his predecessor. I do think that he would be a good option if we do move on from Walton and don’t bring in someone from outside of the franchise.

NBA Draft Wednesday 11/18

The NBA Draft will be held on Wednesday 11/18 on ESPN.

The Kings have been rumored and linked to multiple players, by multiple sources. Most of those players have been considered as ‘3 and D Wings’. Players who can shoot the ball from deep, and also play defense. Common traits that winning NBA teams look for in players, but somehow have escaped the Sacramento Kings.

Some names I’ve talked about in previous articles are –

Saddiq Bey – SacTown Crown article
Aaron Nesmith
Devin Vassell
Patrick Williams

Thanks Bogi!

Personally, Bogdan Boganovich was one of my favorite players on the Kings. The sharp shooter from Serbia was a great fit for the diverse population in the Sacramento area (check out this article on the OLDEST Serbian Orthodox Church in North America just outside of Sacramento in Jackson, CA).

I hope that Bogdanovich gets his chance to shine. With this move to Milwaukee Bogi has some star players around him, playoff opportunities and a shot at winning an NBA championship!

WHO KNOWS … maybe Bogdanovich will come back to SacTown later in his career and help us with a playoff push of our own!

Go Kings!

-Tom Witt

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2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Preview … Preview!

The Kings Have Four Selections In 2020 NBA Draft … Still On The Hunt For A New General Manager

BY: TOM WITT – @TOMTOOWITTY – SACTOWN CROWN – August 19, 2020

2020 Sacramento Kings Draft Preview … Preview!

The Sacramento Kings finished the 2019-20 season 31-41, 12th overall in the NBA Western Conference.

NBA Draft Lottery 8/20

The Kings currently hold four selections in the 2020 draft. One in the first round and three in the second round.

The NBA draft lottery, which takes place on 8/20, will determine the Kings first round selection. Their second round picks include the 35th, 42nd, and 52nd selection.

According to Tankathon NBA Draft Lottery Board the Kings are most likely going to have the 12th selection in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Sacramento has a 1.3% chance of landing the number one pick, and a 6.3% chance of a top four selection.

Sacramento will most likely be selecting 10th -14th in the draft – barring a trade, or unlikely lottery fortune.

Below is a draft board by Sam Vecenie of ‘The Athletic’

Kings Draft Needs

I think the Kings need to draft a ‘3 and D wing’ player.

The 2020 draft is not ‘stacked’ with ‘superstar’ talent. Although, there do seem to be a slew of players which some NBA scouts deem as future NBA starters and playoff team role players.

That might bode well for the Kings. Sacramento will most likely select in early teens. Which will potentially allow them to not have to ‘overpay’ for an early pick who isn’t a ‘superstar’. While also getting a solid, more ‘NBA’ ready player with their selection.

This is all speculation of course.

In my opinion, the Kings need a player who can play some sort of role relatively quickly. Whether that is hitting three point shots, being a solid defender, grabbing rebounds. In other words, essentially being a solid NBA player while the starters are resting.

At the moment, the Kings don’t really have the team structure to ‘develop’ a raw rookie with huge upside and large potential to be a ‘bust’.

Offseason Movin’ and Groovin’ (Maybe Even Some Boogie-ing?)

One of the things that I love about the NBA offseason and draft is the excitement around potential trades. Trades involving draft selections, as well as already established NBA players.

A ‘knock’ on Sacramento is that it is not a free agent destination.

If the Kings organization are unable to sign big name free agents, they need to acquire players through the draft and through trades.

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Trading an asset or two may prove fruitful for the Kings!

For example, trading their 2020 draft selection, one or more of our current players, a potential future draft selection – or a combo of the three.

The Kings need to kind of get ‘lucky’ in terms of timing when it comes to landing a ‘franchise’ changing player via a trade.

They need to find a team that is looking to deal a star player at a ‘logged jam’ position.

Another possibility is finding a trade with a team that is rebuilding or has an unhappy superstar – and get a ‘good deal’ for them.

Three team trades are always fun too!

‘Front Office Shuffle’ Official Dance Of SacTown

Kings general manager Vlade Divac resigned from his role just a few days after the Kings were eliminated from playoff contention.

Sacramento announced that NBA hall of famer and former NBA Executive of the Year award winner Joe Dumars will fill in as interim general manager.

Dumars is ‘leading the search’ for the next GM, though some speculate that he may be the next Kings GM.

READ MY ARTICLE ON THE TOPIC HERE!

One of the biggest keys to this off season, and what the Kings choose to do with their draft picks, relies heavily upon who is hired as GM.

Most talks around the Kings circles claim that head coach Luke Walton is ‘safe’ no matter who the new GM is. Historically, most new GM’s like to install their own ‘team’ of trusted accomplices.

In my opinion, Joe Dumars seems like one of the best candidates to be the long term Kings GM.

The Kings are a young team, with a young coach and a new owner. They need a veteran in there SOMEWHERE.

Dumars won championships with teams he built around DEFENSE in Detroit. He traded Grant Hill and others for Ben Wallace and others. Dumars acquired Rip Hamilton, and helped to revitalize Rasheed Wallace’s career and legacy.

There weren’t any ‘superstars’ on those Detroit teams. That is the mold the Kings need to follow if they want to be successful in Sacramento, which is a not a ‘free agent destination’ city.

One negative in Dumars career is when he drafted Darko Milicic second overall in the 2003 draft, who is seen as a major ‘bust’.

I think that Dumars makes sense for the Sacramento Kings.

Other Names Mentioned In GM Search

One name mentioned is former member of the Kings front office and current New York Knicks GM Scott Perry. Perry played a role in drafting De’Aaron Fox.

Jerry West and a handful of others have been mentioned in EARLY talks, but nothing is anywhere near serious at this time.

Kings Draft Prospects I Will Profile

Barring a trade, or draft lottery fortune, the Kings will most likely be selecting in the early to mid teens in the 2020 draft.

Some of the potential players I will be outlining in the upcoming days and weeks are listed below.

GO KINGS!

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Two New Sacramento Kings Articles!

Happy Sunday Subscribers!

I am so grateful that you all took the time to support my passions by subscribing to my blog, it fuels me SO much! (In case you’re seeing this and you haven’t subscribed – you can at the BOTTOM of the article!)

Below are links to my two latest Sacramento Kings articles – with brief game recaps, ‘The Positives and Needs Improvement’ sections – from this week’s Kings action!

They are much shorter, and I think better, than many of my previous game recap articles have been!

Kings Score Season High … Take Down Pelicans – 8/6/20

Kings Look Flat In Loss To Nets – 8/6/20

The Kings play their second to last game of the 8 game NBA ‘bubble’ today against James Harden and the Houston Rockets at 2pm PST!

Go Kings!

Have a wonderful day!

Much Love,

Tom Witt

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New Kings Article! ‘Kings Score Season High … Take Down Pelicans’ 8/6/20


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KINGS SCORE SEASON HIGH … TAKE DOWN PELICANS

BY TOM WITT – SPIKEBALLTOM – AUGUST 6, 2020 – SACTOWN CROWN KINGS REPORT

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS AND BREAKDOWN

SPIKEBALLTOM’S ‘THE POSITIVES AND NEEDS IMPROVEMENT’ SECTION

Kings vs. Pelicans final score: Bogdan Bogdanovic redeems himself ...

KINGS BOUNCE BACK – STAY AFLOAT IN PLAYOFF HUNT

Sacramento came out HOT and stayed HOT – the Kings score season high 140 points in HUGE victory over the New Orleans Pelicans!

Including 49 points in the 1st quarter – a Sacramento era RECORD!

SAC SOMEHOW STILL SNIFFING PLAYOFFS

At the time the game ended the Kings sit 2.5 games back of the 8th seed Memphis Grizzlies.

More importantly, Sacramento is only 1.5 games behind 9th seed Portland Trailblazers.

GAME STATS

‘THE POSITIVE

BOGI SCORES CAREER HIGH 35

Bogdan Bogdanovich scored a career high 35 points, 6-9 from 3pt range, including 19 in the first quarter! In addition, Bogi had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and zero turnovers!

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Sacramento Kings Offseason Improvements: Big Men

Most of the talk, regionally and nationally, claim that the Sacramento Kings did not do much of anything in the offseason to improve. I BEG to differ! Since the 2020-21 NBA trade deadline and during this offseason, I think the Kings have made moves to improve, with the ultimate goal of making the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

One of those groups that have improved this offseason is the Kings group of ‘big men’. Big man play has been one major ‘missing link’ in Sacramento’s success recently. The current rotation of Kings big men has a lot of potential! They can learn lessons from Kings paint prowlers of the past … the perseverance of Jason Thompson, the passion of DeMarcus Cousins, and the panache of a Scot Pollard.

It may not seem like it to some, but the Sacramento Kings have been working this offseason to put themselves in a position to break their 15-year playoff-less streak. The improved big man group will play a key role in the Kings success this season.

2021-22 Sacramento Kings Roster

BIG Moves in SacTown

One of the highlights of the offseason and going forward for the Kings is the BIG MAN group. The Kings were able to retain fan favorite and one of the NBA’s most improved players, Richaun Holmes. Improving young players like Chimezie Metu and Damian Jones also return looking to earn more meaningful minutes. The Kings also upgraded their ‘backup/BIG’ center position by signing Alex Len, and not re-signing Hassan Whiteside. Addition by subtraction is a thing in SacTown.

Trade for Need

Sacramento dipped their toes in the trade market this offseason, trading guard Delon Wright for a veteran big man, with championship experience, Tristan Thompson. In my opinion, Wright was a great fit for the Kings. Though, with their current roster, the Kings had a great problem on their hands – too many good guards. So, they used that ‘capital’ to trade for a NEED. This is something the Kings have RARELY been able to do in my 20+ years of SacTown fandom.

I also think making moves like this will help set the ‘tone’ across the NBA for the Kings. Showing other teams, general managers, and players that the Kings are dedicated to building a winning culture. Which hasn’t been the view across the league since the days of C-Webb and Peja … will Delon Wright and Tristan Thompson pave the way for the next great Kings squad, akin to the years of Lawerence Funderburke and Corliss Williamson.

Not-So-Rough Draft

Sacramento also improved through the draft for the SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. The Kings used their second-round selection to add the best defensive big man in the draft, Neemias Queta, out of Utah State. Queta will be one of the Kings ‘two way players‘ splitting his time between G-League affiliate Stockton Kings, along with forward Lou King. Shoot, speaking of big men … I’m sure we will see Kings first round selection Davion Mitchell switch onto and lockdown many bigger players as well. No mouse in this house!

Summer League Gems

One up-and-coming player to keep an eye on is center Emmanuel Terry. Terry played well during the Kings 2021 NBA Summer League CHAMPIONSHIP, averaging 7.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game! That play earned Terry a summer contract and an invite to training camp.

Poll Question

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Looking Ahead

The current rotation of Kings big men has a lot of potential! They can learn lessons from Kings paint prowlers of the past … the perseverance of Jason Thompson, the passion of DeMarcus Cousins, and the panache of a Scot Pollard.

In a future article, I will outline THREE reasons to watch the Sacramento Kings big man group this upcoming season, and how they have improved this offseason.

The NBA regular season tips off Tuesday, October 19th for some and October 20th in Portland, for the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings coaching staff will have a lot of potential lineups to tinker with as the 82 game season unfolds! Maybe we can even talk about an 83rd game for SacTown … for the first time since 2006!

GO Kings!

-Tom Witt

Two Sacramento Monarchs Named to ‘W25’ WNBA All-Time Team

The WNBA is celebrating its 25th birthday this season. To honor the occasion, they released the ‘W25’, the latest list of the ’25 greatest and most influential WNBA players of all time’.

Among the 25 honorees, two Sacramento Monarchs legends, Yolanda Griffith and Ticha Penichiero were selected to the team.

The complete ‘W25’ list is below.

‘W25’ Selection Process

“The W25”

The selection of “The W25” began with a list of 72 nominees chosen based on factors such as on-court performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship and community service, and contributions to team success. A select panel of media members and women’s basketball pioneers and advocates then cast the votes that determined “The W25.”

The nominees were required to have been a member of a WNBA team for at least two seasons and met four of the following seven criteria: won a major individual award; selected to either the All-WNBA First Team or All-WNBA Second Team; selected to either the WNBA All-Defensive First Team or WNBA All-Defensive Second Team; selected to the WNBA All-Star Game; a member of a WNBA Championship team; currently ranked among the top 40 career leaders in at least one major statistical category; and/or a recipient of the WNBA’s season-long Community Assist Award.

https://www.nba.com/news/wnba-names-25-greatest-most-influential-players-in-league-history

Of the 25 players on the list, 10 are currently competing in the WNBA!

Ahead, I give a little bit of insight, stats, and more on the two Sacramento Monarch legends selected to the ‘W25’ – Yolanda Griffith and Ticha Penicheiro!

2005 WNBA Champion Sacramento Monarchs Make Mark on ‘W25’

From 1999-2008 the Sacramento Monarchs went on a historic run:

  • Sacramento made the playoffs 9/10 seasons from 1999-2008
  • 2005 and 2006– The Monarchs earned back to back WNBA western conference championships
  • ‘Crowning’ Achievement – winning the WNBA CHAMPIONSHIP in 2005!

For years the Monarchs could not seem to get past in-conference rivals and multiple-time WNBA champions – Los Angeles Sparks and Houston Comets.

After years of playoff losses at the hands of both of the previously mentioned WNBA champions – the Monarchs finally got over the hump – sweeping both of the Houston and LA powerhouse franchises on their WNBA championship journey.

In 2005 the Monarchs won their first and only WNBA title against the Connecticut Sun!

That 2005 triumph turned into a 2009 tragedy. In 2009 the Monarchs franchise folded – along with the Maloof family name and bankroll. (This will be discussed more in-depth in a future article).

Five former Sacramento Monarchs players are enshrined Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame players – Yolanda Griffith, Ruthie Bolton, Ticha Penichiero, Heather Burge, and Bridgette Gordon.

In my opinion, the Sacramento Monarchs are the best professional sports franchise to EVER call SacTown home.

Two players who played an integral role in that were Yolanda Griffith and Ticha Penicheiro!

Yolanda Griffith

With the 2nd overall pick in the 1999 WNBA draft, the Sacramento Monarchs selected center Yolanda Griffith out of Florida Atlantic University. In my opinion, one of the biggest ‘moves’ in Sacramento professional sports HISTORY.

During her rookie season ‘Yo’ earned all-star honors, where she averaged per game – 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.9 blocks!

While appearing in over 311 contests during her 11 seasons in the WNBA – Griffith holds career averages of 13.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.

Yo’s trophy closet is probably a walk-in, or maybe even a pool house at this point.

During her career, she earned league MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Griffith won a championship with the Monarchs in 2005. She also earned All-WNBA pick five times, All-Star seven times, and was a two-time All-Defensive choice.

Griffith played a HUGE role in Sacramento Monarchs’ 2005 WNBA championship. Yo put up one of the best postseason performances in WNBA history. On her way to winning finals MVP, Yolanda Griffith averaged 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the playoffs.

In my opinion, Griffith is the best professional basketball player to ever play in Sacramento.

Griffith was a member of the United States Women’s Basketball Team, winning Gold Medals during the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

In 2014 Griffith was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and more recently will be honored as 2021 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee.

YO is a beloved figure in Sacramento and she is very deserving of this ‘W25’ honor! Congrats, Yo!

Ticha Penicheiro

Ticha Penicherio, born in Portugal, was drafted second overall in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs, out of Old Dominion University.

Penichiero, a 2005 WNBA champion with the Monarchs, played 12 of her 15 NBA seasons in Sacramento. That includes earning four straight All-Star selections, from 1999-2002, as well as All-WNBA honors three times.

During her 15 year WNBA career, Penichiero appeared in 453 total games, starting 423 of them, including starting 364 of her 369 games played for the Monarchs!

Her career averages per game were 6.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. Penicheiro ranks second in WNBA history in total assists (2,599), having led the league in the category in seven seasons.

She has twice tied the WNBA’s record with 16 assists in a single game!

“It’s an amazing honor to be selected as one of the top 25 players in the history of the WNBA,” said Penicheiro. “With so many amazing players that have been a part of this league, I’m grateful and humbled to be among them. Growing up in Portugal I used to have big dreams and I can only say that I have surpassed all of them.”

https://www.nba.com/news/wnba-names-25-greatest-most-influential-players-in-league-history

Congrats, Ticha!

VIDEO: Ticha Penicheiro Career Assist Mix

Get Involved in the GOAT Vote

You can vote on who you think should be named the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time).

How fans can vote:

  • Com voting page at wnba.com/goatvote: Fans can fill out one ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on WNBA.com/goatvote from a desktop or mobile browser.
  • WNBA App: Fans can access the ballot through both the “Latest” and “More” tabs on the WNBA App, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one ballot per day.
  • Twitter: Fans can tweet in their votes for their favorite player with the below criteria:
    • An eligible vote consists of:
      • The campaign hashtag (e.g.: #WNBAGoatVote) with the player name from The W25 list with or without a space (e.g.: Jane Doe or JaneDoe) or
      • The W25 player’s Twitter handle (e.g. @WNBAplayerJaneDoe)
    • Example of a Valid Vote: I just voted Jane Doe for the #WNBAGoatVote or I just voted for @JaneDoeWNBAPlayer for the #WNBAGoatVote
    • Retweets will count as a valid vote

Who is YOUR Favorite Monarch EVER?

Let’s continue the conversation on my TWITTER: @sactowncrown

GO Monarchs!

-Tom Witt

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