In the early 2000’s, the Sacramento Kings were one of the elite teams in the NBA. They were never able to see their full potential and make the NBA Finals, even though they made six straight playoff appearances to start the decade. They are now in the rebuilding process and plan on riding the coattails of their new young star, Tyreke Evans to find their way back to postseason play. As proven by the talented players the Kings had in the early 2000’s, Evans is going to need plenty of help to get by the Lakers and other Western Conference powerhouses once the kings find their way back to the playoffs. Here are the best five Sacramento Kings from 2001-2010. (Only accomplishments and stats while playing for the Sacramento Kings from 2000-2010 were considered.)
1. Chris Webber
I believe that Webber was one of the more underrated players in NBA history. I’m not saying he was one of the top 25 all-time players or anything of that sort. It just seems a bit off to me that a guy that for his career averaged 20.7 and 9.8 rebounds per game should’ve made it to the All-Star team more than five times in fifteen seasons. Some of his best seasons came with the Sacramento Kings in the 2000’s. In the five seasons in the 2000’s that Webber played for the Kings, he scored 21 or more points per game in four seasons and had a career high of 27.1 points per contest in the 2000-01 season. In 2001, he was named to the All-NBA first team and finished fourth in MVP voting.
2. Peja Stojakovic
Five and a half of Stojakovic’s seven and a half seasons with the Kings came in the 2000’s. The sharpshooter averaged 20 or more points per game in four of the seasons and made the Western Conference All-Star team three straight years from 2002-2004. He won back-to-back NBA Three-Point Shootout Championships in 2002 and 2003.
3. Kevin Martin
Martin played five and a half seasons with the Kings before being traded to the Houston Rockets in the 2009-2010 season. While with the Kings, he averaged 19.8 points per game or more four times, but never was named to an All-Star team.
4. Mike Bibby
Bibby was the Kings starting point for just over six seasons. He came to the Kings with Brent Price in 2001 for Jason Williams and Nick Anderson. He led the Kings to the playoffs five seasons. He put up a career high 21.1 points per game in 2006 while passing out 5.4 assists per game.
5. Brad Miller
Miller was an All-Star twice in five and a half seasons with Sacramento. His best all around season of his career came with the Kings in the 2004-05 season. That season, he averaged 15.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game.