27 Teams In 27 Days: Meet The Stockton Kings

By Jake Winderman | September 13, 2018

Team: Stockton Kings

First Season: 2008-2009 (Reno Bighorns)

Affiliate: Sacramento Kings

Location: Stockton, California

Arena: Stockton Arena

Head Coach: Tyrone Ellis

Former Franchise Names: Reno Bighorns (2008-2018)

Mascot: Tidbits

2017-2018 Finish: 29-21 (1st in Pacific), Lost in Western Conference Semifinal

2018 NBA G League 1st Round Pick(s): 8th (From Agua Caliente)

Current Two-Way Players: Wenyen Gabriel (Kentucky)

Notable Alumni: Hassan Whiteside, Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak, Blake Ahearn, Justin Jackson, Damon Jones, Garrett Temple, Tony Wroten, DeQuan Jones, Ray McCallum Jr., Sim Bhullar, Malachi Richardson, Isaiah Cousins

The Stockton Kings debuted as the Reno Bighorns during the 2008-2009 NBA G League Season. The team’s nickname came from the desert bighorn sheep, which is the state animal of Nevada, where the Bighorns were based from 2008-2018. From their inception in 2008 until 2013, the Bighorns were affiliated with 6 different NBA franchises including the New York Knicks (2008-2009), Orlando Magic (2009-2010), Golden State Warriors (2010-2011), Memphis Grizzlies (2011-2013), Atlanta Hawks (2011-2012) and Utah Jazz (2012-2013).

In October of 2016, Reno was purchased by their parent club, the Sacramento Kings, whom they’d been affiliated with since 2008. The purchase made the Bighorns the 15th NBA G League team to be fully owned and operated by an NBA franchise.

The Stockton Kings’ franchise has had three players named to All-NBA G League teams including Patrick Ewing Jr. (Third Team), Blake Ahearn (First Team) and Erick Green (First Team). Stockton has made the playoffs in 5 of their first 10 seasons, qualifying for the Western Conference Semifinals in 2018.

Following the 2017-2018 season, the Sacramento Kings announced their plans to move the club from Reno, Nevada to Stockton, California and to rename the team the Stockton Kings. The franchise also announced the hiring of their first head coach in Stockton in Tyrone Ellis, who previously had served as the Northern Arizona Suns’ head coach.

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