2005–06 Sacramento Kings season
The 2005–06 Sacramento Kings season was the franchise’s sixty-first season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and twenty-first in Sacramento, California. The team began the season looking to improve upon a 50–32 record from the previous season, but off-court problems meant they declined by six wins despite a late rush.
|2005–06 Sacramento Kings season|
|20th Season in Sacramento|
|Head coach||Rick Adelman|
|General manager||Geoff Petrie|
|Owner(s)||The Maloof Family|
|Place||Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
|Playoff finish||West First Round
|Television||CSN West, KXTV|
|1||23||Francisco García||Guard||Dominican Republic||Louisville|
The 2005-06 season started off poorly, as the Kings had a hard time finding chemistry in the team. Newcomers Bonzi Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim made major contributions early in the season, but both fell victim to the injury bug and missed a significant number of games. As the Kings’ dismal start continued, the Maloofs decided to make a major move.
Popular sharpshooting small forward Peja Stojakovic was traded for Ron Artest, long known for his volatile temper. Artest guaranteed the Kings would make the playoffs. With Artest in the lineup, the Kings achieved a 20–9 record after the 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend, which was the second best post-All-Star break record that season. The Kings finished the regular season with a 44–38 record, which placed them fourth in the Pacific Division. Their season ended with a defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round 2–4. After the season, Rick Adelman was not retained. To date this is the last winning season the Kings have achieved, and the franchise has yet to return to the playoffs.
Sacramento Kings roster
|x-Los Angeles Clippers||47||35||.573||7||27–14||20–21||7–9|
|x-Los Angeles Lakers||45||37||.549||9||27–14||18–23||9–7|
|Golden State Warriors||34||48||.415||20||21–20||13–28||4–12|
Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average
|Brad Miller (basketball)|
- The Kings obtained the 8th seed of the Western Conference playoffs, and were matched up in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game series. The Spurs beat the Kings in the first round 4-2.
Awards and honors
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