Reason 24: The Kings staying put in Sacramento…for now
After a number of harsh years in Sacramento, it looked as if the Kings would be making a move to a new city to call home, Anaheim. The Kings hold the second-worst winning percentage over the past five years at 33.4% (137-273), and the transition seemed to be almost inevitable. The team has been trying to get a new arena put in Sacramento, but efforts have not succeeded in the past. But the owners of the Kings, Joe and Gavin Maloof, have held off moving to Anaheim for at least the upcoming season, putting the cards in the hands of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to try and keep the Kings in town. Although playing in the competitive Western Conference, the Kings possess a number of skilled young players (Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson), to go along with veterans John Salmons and free agents Samuel Dalembert and Marquis Daniels. And after drafting arguably the most-hyped rookie in Jimmer Fredette, there’s no question seats will get filled more quickly in 2011-12. While some believe the transition to Anaheim is bound to happen because the city offers an attractable venue in the Honda Center and is “NBA-Ready” according to Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, the Kings will be staying in Sacramento for at least one more season.