The Sacramento Kings faltered in the first few weeks of the season, but things have been going well ever since – the California franchise has currently won seven games in a row. Are De’Aaron Fox & Co. really that good all of a sudden?
The world was different 18 years ago. George W. Bush had won the US elections for the second time, Eric Prydz’s “Call On Me” topped the German November charts and LeBron James was just starting his second season in the NBA. In Sacramento, Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic started a season together for the last time before this iconic duo broke up in February.
It’s been a long time, which is made clear by the fact that today’s Kings rookie Keegan Murray was four years old at the time … and that it seems almost inconceivable today that the Kings were once (regularly) among the best teams in the league . Although their best years were already over in 2004, this season nevertheless ended with a playoff participation, the seventh of eight in a row.
On November 26, the Kings clinched their seventh consecutive game by beating the Lakers in what would remain their longest streak of the season. And it was supposed to take 18 years before the franchise, which had been suffering since then, was able to set up such a series again.
A new era has dawned. After the narrow victory at the Memphis Grizzlies, the 22/23 Kings are at 7 in a row – and thus also in the currently longest winning streak in the NBA. Sacramento has the hottest team in the league. Light the Beam!