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Now the Sacramento Kings have missed the playoffs 15 times in a row – an NBA record – after being eliminated from the controversy after the season after a 116-110 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
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The Sacramento Kings will miss the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season.
It is equal to the longest series in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/PSHlW6hUL5
The Los Angeles Clippers franchise previously held a no-playoff record, missing the 1976-77 to 1990-91 seasons, according to NBA.com’s John Schumann.
The Kings’ only hope for distance after the season was to sneak into the No. 10 seed tournament over the San Antonio Spurs.
However, the 33-37 spurs have the tiebreaker against the head to 31-39 Sacramento Kings, with each team having two games, so Sacramento has no way to jump the spurs on the field.
The Kings found great success in the eight seasons before the current drought, making the playoffs eight times in a row. They almost made it to the NBA Western Conference Finals in 2002 before losing a highly contested (and highly controversial) seven-game streak to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sacramento has not been in this circle since.
The Kings were not particularly close to the playoffs in any season before that, especially in 2008-2018, without winning more than 33 games in a single campaign.
This year has been challenging for the Kings, as injuries and illnesses have forced many players to be removed for long stretches. Buddy Heald is the only king to have missed less than nine games this season. Still, the team struggled downhill, going 6-1 despite the absence of De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Harrison Barnes.
The infamous Tough Western Conference is filled with superstars and scary teams every year, and making the playoffs from there is an annual glove.
However, the Kings certainly have the talent to break through this series next year, like Fox and Halliburton, especially in the lead roles in 2020-21 and demonstrating the potential for further greatness.