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Chris Webber hangs from the rim late in the fourth quarter as he dunks and Brian Shaw and Shaquille O'Neal realize it's over in game three between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Championships Friday, May 24, 2002 at Staples.

Poll

Who is your favorite Kings player in the Sacramento era?

Leading Off: Even if Kings leave, memories will remain

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Despite 20 losing seasons since 1985, the Kings have had some excellent players. One person's list of favorites:

Best offensive players: Chris Webber had a feathery touch and mastered multiple angles of attack. Some say he could have used his amazing physique to greater advantage, but why quibble?

In seven seasons, Mitch Richmond averaged 21.9 to 25.9 points per season with defenses pounding him relentlessly. If not the best scorer, he surely was the toughest.

People expected Peja Stojakovic to win a scoring title, his touch was so sublime. He wasn't a Hall of Famer, but he was important to those good Kings teams.

Best defensive player: The popular choice is Doug Christie. He was like a pit bull with long arms and sweet footwork. And his nice-guy demeanor hid a hit man's soul.

Best passers: Jason Williams' short tenure with the Kings shouldn't obscure the video-game creativity of his handiwork.

The offense was initiated through Vlade Divac, and like many European big men, he created art when dishing to teammates.

Some might say Reggie Theus was overly flashy, but his assist numbers show he could help others score, and that's more important than how much his suits cost.

Best rebounders: Webber's long arms were attached to the softest hands of any big man of his era.

DeMarcus Cousins? Maybe someday. The tools are there, but … well, we know the rest.

What to do, watch

NBA, New Orleans at Kings, 7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena, CSNCA: After tonight, just one home game remains.

Today's poll

Who is your favorite Kings player in the Sacramento era?

• Mike Bibby

• DeMarcus Cousins

• Vlade Divac

• Tyreke Evans

• Mitch Richmond

• Peja Stojakovic

• Chris Webber

• Jason Williams

• Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday's results

Do you care if Pablo Sandoval is overweight?

• Not as long as he's hitting: 47%

• Yes, he'd be a better player: 53%

Total votes: 152

Call The Bee's Brian Blomster, (916) 326-5512. Follow him on Twitter @b_blomster.

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