Top 10 Players Sacramento Kings of All-Time

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6. Tiny Archibald

Seasons w/ the Kings

6 (1970-1976)

Stats w/ the Kings

25.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 8.1 APG, 1.6 Stocks, 46.7 FG%

While Nate Archibald might have been known as “Tiny,” his accomplishments and stature within the game are anything but small. Sure, he only played his first six seasons with the Royals/Kings, but what a great six years they were.Archibald was named to three straight All-Star teams while with the franchise (1972-73 through 1975-76). He was also first-team All-NBA in those same three seasons and was second-team All-NBA in the 1971-72 campaign. While Tiny had many great seasons throughout his career, none can compare to the 1972-73 season. That year, Archibald led the NBA in points (34.0) and assists (11.4) per game. In cumulative stats, Tiny’s third in assists (3,499), fourth in points (10,984), fourth in offensive win shares (46.7) and sixth in total win shares (53.7). Those numbers aren’t bad; however, it’s his rate stats that really indicate his greatness. He’s second in scoring (25.2), tied for second in assists (8.1), tied for fourth in steals (1.5), third in player efficiency rating (20.9), fifth in assist percentage (30.9) and ninth in win shares per 48 minutes (.147). What a player.


5. Bobby Wanzer

Seasons w/ the Kings

9 (1948-1957)

Stats w/ the Kings

12.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.2 APG, 39.3 FG%

Based on statistics alone, Bobby Wanzer wouldn’t be ranked so highly on this list. His averages of 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists resemble those of an elite reserve or borderline starter. But it’s important to remember the game was different when Wanzer played in the 1950s. There was less scoring, partially due to no shot clock, and contests were officiated much differently, with a lot more contact permitted than in the present time. These changes tended to damper Wanzer’s stats. However, there’s no denying the respect he earned from his peers. Wanzer was named to five consecutive All-Star teams (1951-52 through 1955-56). He was also second-team All-NBA for three straight seasons (1951-52 through 1953-54). The fact that he was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1987 tells you everything, his stats weren’t great, but his presence and impact were unmatched back in the day. Bobby Wanzer is a top 5 player in this teams franchise history.

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4. Mitch Richmond

Seasons w/ the Kings

7 (1991-1998)

Stats w/ the Kings

23.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.6 Stocks, 45.3 FG%

Mitch Richmond was one of the elite scorers to ever play for this franchise, averaging 23.3 points points per game, which is fifth best, and third in total points with 12,070. As for those that watched him can attest, Richmond scored in a variety of ways which made him a very entertaining player to watch. He could slash to the hoop or use his excellent touch to torch opponents from outside. He was named to six consecutive All-Star teams from 1992-93 though 1997-98. Furthermore, he was second-team All-NBA three times (1993-94; 1994-95; 1996-97) and third-team All-NBA twice (1995-96; 1997-98). In terms of franchise standing, Richmond is second in three-point field goals (993), third in steals (670), seventh in three-point percentage (.404), 10th in player efficiency rating (18.4) and eighth in win shares (50.4). He might be better known for his days in Golden State as a member of Run TMC, but we can’t forget how great this man was for the Sacramento Kings.


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