Which Franchise Deserves To Be In The NBA More, Seattle SuperSonics Or Sacramento Kings? [POLL]
Recently, rumors have been swirling that a Seattle based group of investors are in talks to purchase the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof brothers which, if achieved, would bring the Seattle SuperSonics back to the NBA.
Of course, just like with the Sonics relocation to Oklahoma City, this would leave a noticeable hole in the NBA landscape, this time in Sacramento, who have been a memorable franchise in the past themselves, just as the Sonics were.
This begs the question: which of these two franchises would be the best for the NBA to have?
Let’s break this down by looking at a few key factors.
The most important thing to look at in a team’s history is the number of championships it has won. The Kings haven’t won a title since 1951, when they were the Rochester Royals, while the SuperSonics won one in 1979. Seattle also has the edge in conference titles by a three to one margin, and could have won another title if not for that Michael Jordan guy.
As far as nostalgia goes, both teams have had thoroughly thrilling players pass through. The Kings had the fantastic combination of Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Jason “White Chocolate” Williams, Mike Bibby and, of course, Lawrence Funderburke.
The Sonics, on the other hand, had the legendary combination of Gary “The Glove” Payton, Shawn “Reign Man” Kemp, Detlef Schrempf, Hersey Hawkins and, even further back, guys such as Jack Sikma and “Mr. Sonic” Nate McMillan.
Not only do the Sonics have a cooler cast of characters in their team history but, come on, Gary Payton’s jersey needs to hang somewhere.
Sure, the Kings have moved from Rochester to Cincinnati to Kansas City to Sacramento, but they remained the same franchise the whole time. Plus, their previous locations weren’t exactly media hotbeds that made it a tougher decision to move.
Meanwhile, the Sonics were ripped away from Seattle by the malicious Oklahoma City ownership group that bought them from Starbucks bazillionaire Howard Schultz, which has earned them some karma here. However, after the grieving that the city of Seattle still goes through over their beloved Sonics’ departure, it’s hard not to look at their lust to acquire the Kings as a bit of hypocrisy, even if the potential Seattle buyers have made their intentions clear, unlike Clay Bennett and company.
Both are absolutely fantastic. The Kings have taken advantage of my love of all things purple in sports, while the Sonics’ killer green and gold combo may be one of the best of all time. There are no losers here.
WINNER: Tie (We’re all winners here)
Team Theme Song
Seattle was the grunge capital of the world back in the day, with a number of great bands spawning in the Emerald City. One such band, The Presidents Of The United States Of America, created this anthem for the Sonics.
That song renders anything the Kings have to offer irrelevant. Seattle wins this round.
Of course, everyone has their own biases, and there a way more factors at play than the ones outlined above. So we want your opinion on who you think deserves an NBA team more. Take our poll below and let us know.