Top 5 Point Guards in Sacramento Kings Franchise’s History
5. Phil Ford
A relative unknown among modern-day Kings fans, Phil Ford was taken number two overall in the 1978 draft and quickly became one of the NBA’s bright young stars. He won Rookie of the Year, was named to the All-NBA Second Team and ranked fourth in the league with 8.6 assists per game. The Kings had finished last in the NBA Midwest Division the year Ford was drafted but made the playoffs in three consecutive years after he joined the team.
His career-best averages of 17.5 points and 8.8 assists per game on 47.8 percent shooting laid the foundation for Kansas City’s Western Conference Finals run in 1980-81, though he missed the first two rounds of the playoffs with a broken bone near his eye. After three superb seasons with the Kings, Ford’s game slipped in 1981-82, when the Kings moved to a slower half-court offense. After that season, he was was traded and two-and-a-half years later, Ford was out of the NBA.
4. Jason Williams
Based on personal preference, Jason Williams would top any and every list talking about all-time greats in terms of ball handling and pure entertainment value. He only started his career with Sacramento, but he infused life into the team with his explosive and creative style of play. He quickly became not only a fan favorite in Sac-Town, but a fan favorite across the entire NBA. Simply put, every single second this dude had the ball in his hands, it was very possible he would give you a top 10 play for SportsCenter, he was that exciting. Although sometimes he would commit stupid plays when trying to be flashy. His time with the Kings was short, but memorable to say the least. In his 3 years as a King, he averaged 11.3 PPG and 6.3 APG. The Kings then got Mike Bibby and the best years of Kings basketball was officially underway.
3. Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby was a fantastic player in this league for some time, but his run with successful Kings teams in the early-to-mid 2000s was top-notch. His averages of 17.6 points, 5.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds show how consistent he was in Sac-Town. And over his final four full seasons in Sacramento, Bibby averaged 19.0 points, 5.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds. On the franchise leaderboard, Bibby is third in three-pointers (775), fifth in assists (2,580), fifth in steals (584), ninth in offensive win shares, 20th in scoring average (17.6) and 12th in assist average (5.4). More important than anything else is Bibby’s big shot in Game 5 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. That carries more weight than any single statistic. He led one of the most exciting teams in NBA recent memory and arguably a top 5 team to never win a ring. Mike Bibby deserves a spot in the top 3 to me here. No doubt about it.