Sacramento Kings 2021-22 NBA Roster: Can De’Aaron Fox and Co End Kings’ 15 Year Wait for Playoffs?

Published 09/16/2021, 2:15 AM EDT
Feb 18, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) and guard Cory Joseph (9) and guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) and guard De’Aaron Fox (5) walk onto the court during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports


Sacramento Kings have been a struggling team for a while now in the NBA. They have won just one NBA championship in their history, that too as Rochester Royals in 1950-51 season. Rochester Royal also won an NBL title in their first season as Royals (1945-46). Since then, the franchise has been renamed four times, before settling on Sacramento. However, since 1951, the franchise has never even made it to the NBA Finals.

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Last season, the Kings finished 12th in the Western Conference and posted a 31-41 record. They are on a current longest post-season drought at 15 seasons. The Kings haven’t been very busy during the off-season but they have added five players to their roster, two of them rookies. They have also let go of four players, with two leaving as free agents.

Incoming players

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Tristan Thompson

A top addition from the Kings to their roster, Tristan Thompson was traded to the Kings in a three-team trade. The 30-year-old center is coming fresh off with five playoff appearances last season with the Celtics. In fact, last season was his best playoffs as he averaged 10.4 PPG, 1.2 BPG, and .8 SPG, all being his career-best playoff stats.

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Boston Celtics center Tristan Thompson (13) gets defended by Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Tristan won the only NBA title of his career at Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He started just 34 games in the regular season, but he was trusted in the playoffs and started all 21 games in the playoffs.

Alex Len

28-year-old Ukrainian center Alex Len has signed with the Kings again on a second stint. He enjoyed some of his best years in Phoenix. However, his playing time reduced massively after his move to Atlanta. Last season, Alex started 42 games for the Raptors and the Wizards.

Emanuel Terry

Terry has played for several G League sides before playing in Turkey, Israel, and Serbia. However, he featured in the G League again last season with Agua Caliente Clippers. He has signed with the Kings as a free agent.

Davion Mitchell (9th overall – 2021 draft) and Neemias Queta (39th overall – 2021 draft) – Rookies

Outgoing players

Hassan Whiteside (Utah Jazz)

December 17, 2020; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside (20) celebrates a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Hassan had two different stints with the Kings, but he was never a regular starter in Sacramento. Last season he started just four games and averaged 8.1 PPG.

Delon Wright (Atlanta Hawks)

The 29-year-old point guard was traded to the Kings in the mid-season last year. He played 27 games with the Kings, starting 8 of those, and averaged 10 PPG. The Kings traded him to Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade.

Justin James (waived)

Kyle Guy (Free agent)

Sacramento Kings 2021-22 NBA Roster

Feb 18, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) and guard Cory Joseph (9) and guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) and guard De’Aaron Fox (5) walk onto the court during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Frontcourt

Marvin Bagley III

Harrison Barnes

Terence Davis

Maurice Harkless

Richaun Holmes

Damian Jones

Louis King

Alex Len

Chimezie Metu

Neemias Queta

Emanuel Terry

Tristan Thompson

Backcourt

De’Aaron Fox

Tyrese Haliburton

Buddy Hield

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Davion Mitchell

Jahmi’us Ramsey

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Robert Woodard II

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The Kings haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2006 and have finished top 10 in their conference on just two occasions since then. However, some fresh additions like Tristan Thompson and Davion Mitchell will add some firepower to their roster. The Kings hired many new executives for the franchise last year. But it’ll be interesting to see how the new additions in the management, as well as the team, change the franchise’s fortunes in the coming years.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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