Sacramento Kings Playoff Scenarios
It is the longest postseason drought in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings haven’t been to the playoffs in 15 seasons on May 4, 2006. Could 2022 be the year?
It’s entirely possible, but the Kings will need plenty of help to overcome what appears to be an insurmountable task. Sacramento is given a four-percent chance of making this year’s postseason.
Yes, they can
The Kings are currently locked in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference standings. Along with Portland (27-35) and New Orleans (26-35), Sacramento (27-34) is 2.5 games behind eighth-place Memphis (30-31).
Now, the Grizzlies have the most difficult remaining schedule in the NBA. Memphis has 14 remaining games with teams in current playoff positions and must face Portland and New Orleans twice each.
The Kings have one of the easier remaining schedules in the league. Sacramento has 13 games left against teams with a sub-.500 record. The Kings do not have much margin for error, but the remaining schedule is definitely in their favor.
No, they can’t
It is likely that the eighth-place team in the West will need 41 wins to clinch the playoff berth. That means Memphis needs just 11 more wins to get there. It also means that Sacramento needs 15 wins in its final 22 games.
Here’s the reality of the Kings’ situation. Sacramento will face Philadelphia, Toronto, Houston, Indiana, Denver, the Clippers, and the Lakers twice. Those are some of the best teams in the NBA. If they lose each of those games, that means they only win 40 games for the season. The Kings would have to win at least one of those games.
When the last time the Kings made the playoff?
In 2006 the Kings finished with a 44-38 was the last time last clinched the playoff seed and lost in the first round.
When the last time the Kings slipped the playoffs?
If the Kings miss the 2021 postseason, it was their 15-season playoffs drought in a row.
Did the Kings have not won a championship?
The Sacramento Kings have never won the NBA championship just they only reached the western conference finals.
What year did the Kings found?
Sacramento Kings start in 1923.
When the last time the Kings won a playoff series?
Beating the Dallas Mavericks the Kings clinched the first-round bye in 2004.
When the last time Sacramento Kings lost the playoff series?
San Antonio Spurs dominated the Sacramento Kings in 2006 in the first round of the postseason.
Sacramento would also have to win all of the rest of their remaining games. Two of those remaining games are against New Orleans, one of the teams Sacramento is battling with for the West’s final playoff spot. Remember, the Pelicans now have Zion Williamson in the lineup and they have won six of their last nine games.
The reality of the situation is that the Kings are a big longshot to make the postseason. Heading into a March 3 game with Washington, Sacramento did win five of its previous six. The two wins of note were a 105-97 victory over Miami and a big 112-103 win over the Clippers. It would take too many more of those types of wins for the Kings to make the postseason this year.