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Sacramento Kings Career Point Scoring Leaders
Before the Kings were in Sacramento, they had a long history as other team names and in different cities. They began as the Rochester Royals in 1948, moved to Cincinnati in 1958 and were there until 1972. They were the Kansas City/Omaha Kings from 1972 to 1975, became just the Kansas City Kings in 1975 and moved to Sacramento in 1985. The franchise has one title, but that came in 1951 when the team was in Rochester. Here is a short list of the Kings/Royals all-time leading scorers to date:
Oscar Robertson (22,009)—Guard/forward Oscar Robertson was one of the NBA’s all-time great players, and he played most of his career in Cincinnati, from 1960 to 1970. Robertson ranks eleventh all-time in the NBA with 26,710 points and he leads the Kings/Royals franchise all-time with 22,009 points for them. Amazingly, Robertson scored over 2000 points seven times in a Royals’ uniform, and his best season was 1963-64. That year, Robertson scored a career best 2480 points (31 per game), including an NBA best .853 free throw percentage, and league high 868 assists.
Jack Twyman (15,840)—Forward/guard Jack Twyman played his entire career for the Royals, from 1955 in Rochester through 1966 in Cincinnati. He ranks second in franchise history with 15,840 total points, and had his best season in 1959-60 with Cincinnati. That year, Twyman scored a career high 2338 points (31 points per game), including an NBA high 598 free throws.
Mitch Richmond (12,070)—Guard Mitch Richmond played for the Kings from 1991 to 1998 and ranks third in their history with 12,070 points. Richmond had his three best offensive seasons in Sacramento, and his best one was 1996-97, when he scored a career high 2095 points (26 per game).
Tiny Archibald (10,894)—Guard Tiny Archibald played for the Royals/Kings franchise from 1970 to 1976 and ranks fourth in team history with 10,894 total points. Archibald had his best season with Kansas City/Omaha in 1972-73, when he scored a career high 2719 points (34 per game), which led the NBA. He also led the NBA that year in field goals (1028), free throws (663) and assists (910).
Sam Lacey (9895)—Center Sam Lacey played for the Royals/Kings from 1970 to 1982 and ranks fifth in franchise history with 9895 points. Lacey had his best season in 1973-74 with Kansas City/Omaha, when he scored a career high 1119 points (14 per game).