Sacramento Kings end longest playoff drought in NBA history

Xavier Roger


The Sacramento Kings have officially ended the longest playoff drought in NBA history. 

Sacramento punched its postseason ticket Wednesday night with a 120-80 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers to secure its place in the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2006, snapping the longest active playoff drought across North America’s “Big 4” sports (the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL).   

“We want to do bigger things, but 16 years – that’s a long time,” Kings star De’Aaron Fox. “So that feels great just being able to get that off us.”

For Kings fans, it’s a moment to celebrate (Light the Beam!). For the rest of us, it’s a good time to reflect on just how much has changed during the 16 seasons the Kings spent in the wilderness:

De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and the Sacramento Kings are playoff-bound.

Who were on the 2005-06 Kings? 

There was little evidence the Kings were about to embark on a 16-year odyssey of missing the playoffs in 2006. Though the early years of the team’s time in Sacramento were brutal, the Kings were making their eighth straight playoff appearance in 2006 under Hall of Fame coach Rick Adelman. 

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