Sacramento Kings Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The schedule will not be an easy one for the Kings this year being that they are in the loaded western conference. Their first 3 games are against playoff teams the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trailblazers, and Los Angeles Clippers, but luckily the first two games are at home. The Warriors will make for a very entertaining opening game. Early in November they have two tough stretches with 4 straight road games twice. But early December may be a great time for them to make a push as they have a stretch where 10 of 11 games will be at home. In March they will have to go on the road 6 straight games but luckily in that stretch they will be facing some of the weaker teams from the east including the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, and Orlando Magic. They will wrap up the season with 4 of the last 5 games on the road, playing the Los Angeles Lakers twice in that stretch.
Sacramento Kings Roster
The Kings roster is built around Demarcus Cousins who is clearly their star player. He had a great year last year and should continue to improve, he is already one of the best big men in the league. They also have big time scorer Rudy Gay who is very hard for other teams to defend. They decided not to bring back Isiah Thomas despite his good year last year, in fact Thomas, Gay, and Cousins made the Kings the only team in the league with 3 players that averaged more than 20 points per game. They will look to replace him with either Darren Collison or Ramon Sessions who are both quality point guards. One of the more interesting roster battles this year will be at the shooting guard position where the Kings have spent their last two first round draft picks, will the 2nd year ultra athletic and smooth shooting Ben Mclemore get the start? Or will it be the rookie Nick Stauskas who also is a great shooter but also just knows how to find his own shot despite some athletic limitations. Should be a very good battle to watch.
Sacramento Kings Fan Experience
The Sacramento Kings are currently waiting for their new arena to be built known as the ESC center. They will be in the Sleep Train Arena (formely ARCO Arena) until this project is finished. Sleep Train Arena has long been thought of as one of the toughest places for opposing teams to play, particularly during the early part of the 2000's when it was known for loud fans bringing in cow bells to distract the other team. Recently the franchise improved the wifi in the arena and also added many new beer choices for the fans. Like any arena its up to the fans to give the team the home court advantage they need.
Sacramento Kings Trivia
Demarcus Cousins has quietly become one of the better all around big men in the league. He is very efficient finishing down around the low block, is a good defender, and a very good rebounder. He is still young so the sky is the limit for his vast potential. Holding on to him despite trade rumors seems to be paying off.
Sacramento Kings History
The Sacramento Kings franchise has moved many times over the years, originally starting off in Rochester, New York named the Seagrams but later changed to the Royals. As the Royals they won the 1951 NBA championship but only 6 short years later they moved to Cincinnati. For a short time they had NBA greats Oscar Roberston and Jerry Lucas on the same team. Then in 1972 they moved again this time to Kansas City and being renamed the Kings. Nate "Tiny" Archibald was their star player during that time. A short 13 years later in 1985 they moved on to Sacramento where they have stayed for the past 29 years. During the 90's they didn't have much success early but did have a very good player in Mitch Richmond, then in the late 90's and early 2000's they had one of the better teams in the league led by Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojokovic, and Mike Bibby. They made it as far as the Western Conference finals where they lost a thrilling 7 game series to the Los Angeles Lakers who were led by Shaquille O'neal and Kobe Bryant. That is still thought of as one of the best series the NBA has seen the past 20 years.
Sacramento Kings Fan Info
The Kings fans were considered to be the best fans in the league a decade ago when the team was one of the best in the league. The most famous aspect of their fans would have to be the cow bell they bring to games that drives the other teams nuts. Despite not being in one of the bigger markets when the team is good they will regularly sell out every game of a season, and in the playoffs they always give their team a great home court advantage that the Kings were able to use to make many deep runs in the early 2000's. ARCO arena was one of the tougher places to play for many years.
Sacramento Kings Rumors
It is being said that the battle for the 2 guard position between Ben Mclemore and Nick stauskas is going to be a very close and tough battle. Both can really shoot the ball, Mclemore has great athleticism while Nick is very crafty at being able to find his own shot. Demarcus Cousins who has shown improvement every year and just played very well in the FIBA World Cup may be able to step up even more and possibly even be the best big man in the league next year, it helps that he has plenty of good shooters surrounding him. Ramon Sessions and Darren Collison will make for an interesting battle at the point guard position.