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Royal Reading: The Kings get some love on ESPN’s top 74 NBA jerseys of all time list

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This balances out ESPN saying Sacramento’s old gold jersey is the ugliest ever.

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The Sacramento Kings have had their fair share of different jerseys over the franchise’s history.

One of those looks was ranked as the ugliest in NBA history by ESPN, but now, the sports network is giving Sac Town some love in its top 74 NBA jerseys of all time.

Here are the Kings uniforms that made the list:

No. 63 - Kansas City Kings away jersey (worn from 1972-75)

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ESPN’s shoe deal and branding expert Nick DePaula had this to say:

“The swooping underline and subtle crown accent atop the script “Kings” font can still be seen throughout the franchise’s identity, even well after the franchise moved to Sacramento.”

I like the cursive writing on the front and the team has paid homage to this class look with “Kings” across the front.

No. 36 - Purple alternate jersey from 1999-2004

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Jerseys that are worn during a successful period tend to have a nostalgic feeling. The Kings used these as their alternates just as they entered the upper echelon of the NBA. Sacramento introduced these jerseys going into the 1999-2000 season, the second year of a eight-year playoff run.

No. 26 - Baby blue worn from 1985 (the first season after the Kings relocated from Kansas City), through 1990.

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With the team moving to Sacramento, they ditched the royal color you see about in favor of the baby blue. I am not surprised these were ranked the highest out of all the Kings jerseys, but I feel they should be higher on the overall list. The 80’s/90s New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons were ranked higher than these. I understand if the list was about which jerseys represent tradition, but to me, these Sacramento uniforms are much nicer than the Knicks and Pistons ones that made the list.

What do you think of ESPN’s rankings? Is there a Kings jersey that you think should have made the list?


Onto some more links:

The Kings have been doing their part in Sacramento in helping those who have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, their G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings are joining the “In This Together” initiative to help those in need in the Stockton area. (Kings.com)

Mike Bibby is one of the best Kings of all time. He spent seven seasons in Sacramento, helping the team reach the postseason five times. Bibby ranks in the in the top-ten in several categories in Kings franchise history, including: assists, made 3’s, offensive win shares and VORP, per basketball reference. Kevin Moore of Sportscasting wrote a nice profile on the former King.

From around the NBA:

Sneakers have always been a huge part of the NBA. ESPN ranked the top 74 kicks in NBA history, with the Jordan Brand being well represented on the list.