2017–18 Sacramento Kings season

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2017–18 Sacramento Kings season
Head coachDave Joerger
General managerVlade Divac
ArenaGolden 1 Center
Results
Record27–55 (.329)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 12th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionNBC Sports California
CBS 13
RadioKHTK Sports 1140
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The 2017–18 Sacramento Kings season was the 73rd season of the franchise, its 69th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 33rd in Sacramento.

With the Minnesota Timberwolves clinching their first winning record and playoff berth since 2003–04, the Kings now hold the current league record of most seasons without a winning record as well as the longest postseason drought, both at 12, with their last winning season and playoff appearance being a 44–38 record and a First Round defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the 2005–06 season. The Kings have now equalled the Golden State Warriors between 1994–95 and 2005–06 as the third-longest NBA postseason drought on record, behind only the Timberwolves above and the fifteen-season drought by the Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers and Los Angeles Clippers between 1976–77 and 1990–91 inclusive. The Kings now need three more losing seasons to break the NBA record for most consecutive losing seasons, which the Kings set between 1983–84 and 1997–98 and had been previously suffered by the Pistons between 1956–57 and 1969–70 inclusive.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
1 5 De'Aaron Fox PG  United States Kentucky
1 15 Justin Jackson SF/SG  United States North Carolina
1 20 Harry Giles PF/C  United States Duke
2 34 Frank Mason III PG  United States Kansas

Each of the Sacramento Kings' picks they acquired this year would be had via trades. The fifth pick of the draft, which was originally placed to be a likely 8th pick, had them move up into the Top 3 before the Philadelphia 76ers activated their pick swapping rights with them moving down from a likely fourth spot to the fifth pick due to the trade where they gave up Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, their unprotected 2019 first round pick, and the rights for Philadelphia to swap first round picks in 2017 in exchange for the rights of Artūras Gudaitis and Luka Mitrović. Meanwhile, both their second Top 10 first round pick (at pick 10) and their sole second round pick came from the New Orleans Pelicans, where they gave up their star center DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi in order to acquire both the Pelicans' first round pick and the second round pick that the Philadelphia 76ers held this year, as well as gain the return of Tyreke Evans, last year's All-Rookie team member Buddy Hield, and Langston Galloway. As for their own second round selection (which was worst then the second round pick they got from the 76ers via the Pelicans), they originally traded it away to the Cleveland Cavaliers back when it originally considered a first round pick alongside the aforementioned Omri Casspi for JJ Hickson before Cleveland traded it out to the Chicago Bulls alongside Andrew Bynum, the rights to swap first round picks with the Cavaliers, and multiple second round picks from the Portland Trail Blazers for Luol Deng.

With Sacramento's first pick (acquired from Philadelphia), they selected De'Aaron Fox, a freshman point guard from the University of Kentucky. Under his only season with Kentucky, De'Aaron averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game in 36 games played (34 started) while also earning the Southeastern Conference's Tournament MVP, the All-SEC Freshman Team honors, and All-SEC First Team honors there. As for their first round pick that was acquired from Philadelphia, they traded that selection (who became freshman center Zach Collins from Gonzaga University) to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for their first two first round picks this year. With Portland's first pick, they selected Justin Jackson, a junior small forward/shooting guard from the recent champion North Carolina University. During his time there, he would help the Tar Heels out in their quest for a redemption championship by averaging 18.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game out in North Carolina. He would also earn the ACC's Player of The Year Award that year, as well as be named a consensus All-American First Team member and All-ACC First Team member, as well as previously be named a member of the All-ACC Freshman Team of 2015. As for their second and final selection that was previously held under Portland's name, the Kings would select another former #1 draft prospect late in the first round, this time being freshman power forward Harry Giles from Duke University. Similar to Skal Labissière before him, Giles was also a former #1 draft prospect. However, a torn ACL his senior year of high school and other knee issues resulted in what would be considered a disappointing freshman year at Duke, averaging 3.9 points and rebounds per game (as well as 0.7 blocks and 0.4 assists and steals) in 26 games (6 of which he started in) there before declaring early. Finally, with their sole second round pick (acquired from Philadelphia via New Orleans), Sacramento would select Frank Mason III, a senior point guard from Kansas University. As the consensus college basketball player of the year, Frank would average 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game in 36 games played that year for Kansas as he (alongside Josh Jackson) would help the Jayhawks compete for the NCAA Tournament that year before unfortunately losing out to Oregon University at the Elite Eight.

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Sacramento Kings roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 8 Bogdanović, Bogdan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992–08–18 Serbia
F 22 Caboclo, Bruno 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1995–09–21 Brazil
G/F 15 Carter, Vince 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1977–01–26 North Carolina
C 00 Cauley-Stein, Willie 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1993–08–18 Kentucky
C 45 Cooley, Jack (TW) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 274 lb (124 kg) 1991–04–12 Notre Dame
G 5 Fox, De'Aaron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997–12–20 Kentucky
F/C 20 Giles, Harry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1998–04–22 Duke
F 13 Hayes, Nigel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 254 lb (115 kg) 1994–12–16 Wisconsin
G 24 Hield, Buddy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 1993–12–17 Oklahoma
F 25 Jackson, Justin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1995–03–28 North Carolina
C 41 Koufos, Kosta 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1989–02–24 Ohio State
F/C 7 Labissière, Skal 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1996–03–18 Kentucky
G 10 Mason, Frank 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994–04–03 Kansas
F 50 Randolph, Zach 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1981–07–16 Michigan State
F 29 Sampson, JaKarr (TW) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1993–03–20 St. John's
G 9 Shumpert, Iman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–06–26 Georgia Tech
G/F 17 Temple, Garrett 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1986–05–08 LSU
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2018-02-11

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yGolden State Warriors 58 24 .707 0.0 29–12 29–12 13–3 82
Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 16.0 22–19 20–21 12–4 82
Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 23.0 20–21 15–26 6–10 82
Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 31.0 14–27 13–28 5–11 82
Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 37.0 10–31 11–30 4–12 82


Conference[edit]

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zHouston Rockets * 65 17 .793 82
2 yGolden State Warriors * 58 24 .707 7.0 82
3 yPortland Trail Blazers * 49 33 .598 16.0 82
4 xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 17.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 17.0 82
6 xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 82
8 xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 18.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 19.0 82
10 Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 23.0 82
11 Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 30.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 38.0 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 82
14 Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 44.0 82

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 1–5 (Home: 1–1; Road: 0–4)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2017–18 game log
Total: 27–55 (Home: 14–27; Road: 13–28)
2017–18 season schedule

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 22, 2017[1] To Sacramento Kings
Draft rights to Justin Jackson (Pick 15)
Draft rights to Harry Giles (Pick 20)
To Portland Trail Blazers
Draft right to Zach Collins (Pick 10)
July 14, 2017[2] To Sacramento Kings
2019 second-round pick
Cash considerations
To New York Knicks
Scott Perry (general manager)
February 8, 2018[3]
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Rodney Hood (from Utah)
George Hill (from Sacramento)
Draft rights to Artūras Gudaitis (from Sacramento)
To Sacramento Kings
Joe Johnson (from Utah)
Iman Shumpert (from Cleveland)
2020 second round pick (from Miami via Cleveland)
Draft rights to Dimitrios Agravanis (from Cleveland)
Cash considerations (from Cleveland and Utah)
To Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder (from Cleveland)
Derrick Rose (from Cleveland)
Right to swap 2024 second round picks with Cleveland

Free agency[edit]

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Vince Carter[4] July 10, 2017 Memphis Grizzlies
George Hill[5] July 10, 2017 Utah Jazz
Zach Randolph[6] July 10, 2017 Memphis Grizzlies
Bogdan Bogdanović[7] July 13, 2017 Turkey Fenerbahçe (Doğuş)
Jack Cooley[8] Two-way contract Germany MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg
JaKarr Sampson[9] Two-way contract Iowa Energy (G League)

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason left New team
Anthony Tolliver[10] Waived Detroit Pistons[11]
Arron Afflalo[12] Waived Orlando Magic[13]
Tyreke Evans[14] 1-year contract worth $3.3 million Memphis Grizzlies
Ben McLemore[15] 2-year contract worth $10.7 million Memphis Grizzlies
Ty Lawson[16][17] 1-year contract worth $2.4 million Shandong Golden Stars
Georgios Papagiannis[18] Waived Portland Trail Blazers

Awards[edit]

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
Bogdan Bogdanović NBA All-Rookie Second Team May 22, 2018 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kings Acquire Draft Rights to Justin Jackson and Harry Giles". nba.com/kings. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Kings Acquire Future Second Round Draft Pick and Cash Considerations in Trade with Knicks". NBA.com. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Utah Jazz acquire Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder in three-team trade". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kings Sign Vince Carter". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Kings Sign George Hill". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kings Sign Zach Randolph". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  7. ^ "Kings Sign Bogdan Bogdanovic". NBA.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Kings Sign Jack Cooley to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kings Sign JaKarr Sampson to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Kings Waive Anthony Tolliver". NBA.com. June 1, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Press, Associated (15 July 2017). "Pistons make it official, sign Anthony Tolliver, re-sign Reggie Bullock". ProBasketballTalk. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Kings Waive Arron Afflalo". nba.com/kings. June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Orlando Magic sign Arron Afflalo, Khem Birch". NBA.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Grizzlies sign Tyreke Evans". nba.com/grizzlies. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "Grizzlies sign Ben McLemore to multi-year contract". nba.com/grizzlies. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "Source: Lawson reaches deal with Shandong". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Report: Ty Lawson signs $2.4 million deal with Shandong Golden Stars after refuting original report". clutchpoints.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/961717195804995586
  19. ^ "Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons lead 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie first team". NBA.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.