Kings relocating G-League affiliate from Reno to Stockton


Kings relocating G-League affiliate from Reno to Stockton

Change is a good thing. The Sacramento Kings made a major announcement regarding their G-League affiliate on Monday afternoon. After a decade in Reno, the Bighorns are moving to Stockton, pending league approval.

Just a 45 minute drive from Downtown Sacramento, the City of Stockton has an arena and a perfect location to shuttle players back and forth from. The Bighorns will play at Stockton Arena and relocate their business operations to that area. They will use the Kings’ former practice facility at the Arco Arena site as their headquarters of basketball operations and have full use of the Golden 1 Center facility.

“Our NBA G-League team has been an incredible asset to help prepare players for NBA action and bringing the team closer to Sacramento will allow us to continue to build on that success and increase efficiency to this valuable development tool,” Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac said via press release. “Kings fans in Stockton will now have an opportunity to see the next generation of NBA players each week.”

Led by general manager Anthony McClish, the Bighorns hosted five different young Kings players this season, including Skal Labissiere, Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson, Georgios Papagiannis and Bruno Caboclo.

During the 2017-18 season, the Bighorns also supported two-way players JaKarr Sampson and Jack Cooley, and boast three G-League call up players in David Stockton (Utah Jazz), Reggie Hearn (Detroit Pistons) and Aaron Harrison (Dallas Mavericks).

Built in 2005, Stockton Arena is the home of the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League. The 12,000 seat arena is just 48 miles from Golden 1 Center, roughly 85 miles closer to Sacramento than Reno.

“It’s my honor to welcome the Kings organization to Stockton and I look forward to watching NBA G-League action at the Stockton Arena,” Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs said in the press release. “The Kings have been known for their tremendous impact in the community and we’re excited to have their full support as we continue to reinvent Stockton.”

The Kings still need to clear a few hurdles. They need league approval to move the franchise and Stockton City Council plans to review and vote on the agreement on Tuesday, April 17.

According to the press release, the team is getting a new identity, “that reflects the marks and history of the parent club in Sacramento.” The new branding will take place sometime this spring.

Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery


Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery

The Sacramento Kings’ win over the Houston Rockets in the season finale has officially cost the team a spot in the NBA’s Draft Lottery. After posting identical 27-55 records, Sacramento and the Chicago Bulls were part of the NBA’s coin flip rule Friday afternoon at the Board of Governors meetings. 

Unfortunately for the Kings, the Bulls picked up a victory in the game of chance and now sit in the sixth spot in the pre-lottery standings. Sacramento holds the seventh position, but both teams have an equal opportunity to move up into the top three positions when the lottery is officially held on May 15. 

Once the top three selections are drawn, the draft goes in order of worst remaining record, taking coin flip results into consideration. If the Kings do not move into the top three and no one slated behind them in the draft move up, they will draft No. 7 overall. 

There is also a small chance that Sacramento doesn’t move up and one or more lottery teams behind them in the standings jump up. In this scenario, the Kings could draft as low as 10, but the statistical probability of them falling that far is astronomical. 

Here are the odds for the potential draft positions for the Kings this season. Both the Kings and Bulls have an 18.3% chance of moving into the top three picks.

No. 1 overall selection: 5.3%
No. 2 overall selection: 6.0%
No. 3 overall selection: 7.0%
No. 7 overall selection: 57.3%
No. 8 overall selection: 22.6%
No. 9 overall selection: 1.8%
No. 10 overall selection: less than 0.0%

Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate


Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate

SACRAMENTO -- Wins matter. With the Sacramento Kings’ victory over the Houston Rockets in the season finale Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center, the team finished the campaign at 27-55. Clearly that’s not good enough to move onto the playoff portion of the NBA season, but it places the Kings in a tie with the Chicago Bulls for the sixth worst record in the NBA.
It’s a slightly complicated procedure for deciding how many ping pong balls the Kings will have in the draft lottery. Both Chicago and Sacramento will have equal odds of moving into the top three of the draft. The two teams have a 5.3 percent chance of landing the top spot, a six percent chance of choosing at No. 2 overall and a seven percent chance of selecting third. 
Per NBA rules, a coin flip will determine which team falls in the sixth position and which will select seven if they don’t move up into the top three. The coin flip is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 13. 
The Kings and Bulls aren’t the only teams placing their fate in the hands of a shiny piece of metal. Dallas and Atlanta finished the season tied for the third and fourth worst records. The Bucks and Heat are tied for the 16th and 17th spot in the draft. San Antonio and Minnesota will flip for picks 18 and 19 and there is a complicated formula between the Pacers, Pelicans, Thunder and Jazz for picks 20-23, since all four teams finished the regular season with a 48-34 record.