Amid cheers of “Peja! Peja!” the third jersey number from the best time in the Sacramento era was retired at Sleep Train Arena.
Peja Stojakovic’s No. 16 was retired at halftime of the Kings’ game Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“This is an unbelievable moment for me and family,” Stojakovic said during the ceremony.
Stojakovic thanked former general manager Geoff Petrie and assistant Wayne Cooper for drafting him, coach Rick Adelman and his staff and his teammates for the honor, as well as the new ownership group that kept the team in Sacramento.
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Stojakovic joins teammates Chris Webber (No. 4) and Vlade Divac (No. 21) with retired numbers from the Kings’ teams from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The night included videos of former and current Kings talking about Stojakovic and highlights from his time with the team.
At his best, Stojakovic was one of the most feared perimeter shooters in the NBA.
The three-time (2002-04) All-Star’s best season was 2003-04 when he averaged a career-high 24.2 points and led the NBA with 240 made three pointers.
Stojakovic’s time in Sacramento ended when he was traded to Indiana for Ron Artest on Jan. 25, 2006.
A first-round draft pick in 1996 (14th overall) before joining the Kings for the 1998-99 season, Stojakovic averaged 18.3 points in eight seasons with Sacramento.
In Sacramento-era history, Stojakovic is first in games played (518), free-throw percentage (.893); he also attempted (2,687) and made (1,070) the most three-pointers.
He trails only Mitch Richmond (12,070) with 9,498 points.
Some of Stojakovic’s former teammates returned to the arena for the ceremony.
Divac said Stojakovic was “definitely one of the best teammates” he ever had.
Doug Christie, Bobby Jackson, Brad Miller and Scot Pollard also attended the game.
Et cetera – Eric Moreland’s frequent trips between the NBA Development League and Sacramento continued when he was recalled from the Reno Bighorns on Tuesday.
Moreland’s latest stint with Reno lasted two games. He averaged 12 points and 10.5 rebounds.
In seven games with the Bighorns, Moreland is averaging 13.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He is shooting 59.2 percent in the D-League.
▪ Reggie Evans started his fourth game at center for the Kings this season. Evans and Ryan Hollins have started at center over the last 10 games while DeMarcus Cousins recovers from viral meningitis.
▪ Omri Casspi missed his third consecutive game (left knee contusion).