C-Webb and Co: The Sacramento Kings of the Late 1990s and Early 2000s

December 23rd, 2009 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
In the 1998 offseason, the Sacramento Kings added four players to their roster who would go on to help transform the franchise from laughingstock to NBA title contender.

The team acquired Chris Webber from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe, used the seventh overall pick of the draft on point guard Jason Williams, and signed both Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic. 

Head coach Rick Adelman, who had guided the Portland Trail Blazers to two NBA Finals appearances, made his debut with the team as well.

The Kings immediately became one of the most exciting teams in the league. They featured two big men in Webber and Divac who possessed spectacular all-around skills, and Williams a.k.a. "White Chocolate" knew how to entertain crowds with his flashy ball handling and behind-the-back, no-look passes.

Webber turned into a bonafide superstar in his first season in Sacramento replacing Richmond as the franchise player. C-Webb averaged 20 points and a league-best 13 rebounds per game, but more importantly, led his new team, which had won just 27 games the previous season, to the first of eight straight playof ...

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