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Mitch & Peja: A Purely Unemotional Statistical Comparison

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We've all heard or read or noticed that Peja surpassed Mitch Richmond on the games played list for the Sacramento era of the Kings franchise on Sunday. It's hard to believe, probably due to combination of the famine mid-90s lasting so long and the recent feast years zipping by so fast.

But it's true. Peja has played 518 games as a Sacramento King; Mitch wore the jersey for 517 games. Next on the list? Vlade Divac and Lionel Simmons, tied for third with 454 games.

The next highest current King is Corliss Williamson, who is sixth on the list with 384 games as a King. (Nasty is just ahead of Chris Webber, who has 377, for what it's worth.)

Anyways, on to the purely unemotional statistical comparison. To keep it clean of bias, we'll be using only last names from here on out.

DURABILITY:

  • Richmond played in 517 games over seven full seasons in Sacramento. He missed a total of 57 games during that stretch. Therefore, he played 90 percent of his available Sacramento Kings' games.
  • Stojakovic has played in 518 games over six full seasons, one strike-shortened season and the first half of this season. He has missed a total of 64 games during that stretch (including nine this season). Therefore, he played 89 percent of his available Sacramento Kings' games.
  • Richmond started every game he played for Sacramento. He played a total of 19,532 minutes for the Kings. That's an average of 37.8 minutes per game.
  • Stojakovic did not become a full-time starter until 2000-01. He has started 407, or 78.6 percent, of his 518 games. He has played a total of 17,727 minutes for the Kings. That's an average of 34.2 minutes per game.
  • In Richmond's least durable season, 1992-93, he played 45 out of 82 possible games, or 54.9 percent.
  • In Stojakovic's least durable season, 2004-05, he played 66 out of 82 possible games, or 80.5 percent.
  • Richmond played in all 82 games with the Kings once, in 1994-95. He played in at least 90 percent of the team's games in a season five times.
  • Stojakovic has never played in every possible game in a season. He has played in at least 90 percent of the team's games in a season four times, including the strike-shortened 1999-2000 season.
SHOOTING:
  • Richmond made 4,230 out of his 9,338 attempted field goals, or 45.3 percent.
  • Stojakovic has made 3,352 out of his 7,269 attempted field goals, or 46.1 percent.
  • Richmond made 993 out of his 2,460 attempted three-point field goals, or 40.4 percent.
  • Stojakovic has made 1,070 out of his 2,687 attempted three-point field goals, or 39.8 percent.
  • Richmond made 2,617 out of his 3,088 attempted free throws, or 84.7 percent.
  • Stojakovic has made 1,724 out of his 1,931 attempted free throws, or 89.3 percent.
  • Richmond's true shooting percentage with the Kings was 56.4 percent.
  • Stojakovic's true shooting percentage with the Kings is 58.5 percent.
SCORING:
  • Richmond scored 12,070 points with the Kings. That's an average of 23.3 points per game, and 24.7 points per 40 minutes.
  • Stojakovic has scored 9,498 points with the Kings. That's an average of 18.3 points per game, and 21.4 points per 40 minutes.
  • Richmond's highest scoring season with the Kings was 1996-97. That year, Richmond averaged 25.9 points per game.
  • Stojakovic's highest scoring season with the Kings was 2003-04. That year, Stojakovic averaged 24.2 points per game.
REBOUNDING:
  • Richmond had 1,933 rebounds in his Sacramento career. That's an average of 3.7 rebounds per game, and 4.0 rebounds per 40 minutes.
  • Stojakovic has had 2,581 rebounds in his Sacramento career. That's an average of 5.0 rebounds per game, and 5.8 rebounds per 40 minutes.
  • Of Richmond's rebounds, 382 (19.8 percent) came on the offensive end.
  • Of Stojakovic's rebounds, 530 (20.5 percent) have come on the offensive end.
ASSISTS/TURNOVERS:
  • Richmond had 2,128 assists in his Sacramento career, an average of 4.1 assists per game and 4.4 assists per 40 minutes.
  • Stojakovic has had 1,037 assists in his Sacramento career, an average of 2.0 assists per game and 2.3 assists per 40 minutes.
  • Richmond committed 1,465 turnovers as a King, an average of 2.8 turnovers a game and 3.0 turnovers per 40 minutes.
  • Stojakovic has committed 834 turnovers as a King, an average of 1.6 turnovers per game and 1.9 turnovers per 40 minutes.
  • Richmond's assist-to-turnover ratio as a King was 1.45.
  • Stojakovic's assist-to-turnover ratio as a King is 1.24.
BLOCKS/STEALS:
  • Richmond tallied 147 blocks as a King, an average of one block every 3.5 games.
  • Stojakovic has tallied 74 blocks as a King, an average of one block every seven games.
  • Richmond had 670 steals in a Kings uniform, an average of 1.3 steals per game.
  • Stojakovic has 543 steals in a Kings uniform, an average of 1.0 steals per game.
ACCOLADES:
  • Richmond was selected for six All-Star games. He was voted the MVP of the 1994-95 All-Star game.
  • Stojakovic has been selected for three All-Star games.
  • Richmond was selected for the All-NBA second team in three of his seven seasons with the Kings, and selected for the All-NBA third team twice.
  • Stojakovic has been selected for the All-NBA second team once.
  • According to Basketball-Reference.com, Richmond currently has a 54.8 percent chance of being elected to the Hall of Fame, based on his entire career.
  • According to Basketball-Reference.com, Stojakovic currently has a 1.4 percent chance of being elected to the Hall of Fame, based on his entire career to date.
There's your comparison. Draw your own conclusions about whom the "King of Sacramento" is.