The Stockton Kings are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League, based in Stockton, California. They are owned and operated by their NBA parent club, the Sacramento Kings. The Kings compete in the G League's Western Conference Pacific Division and play their home games at the Stockton Arena.
|League||NBA G League|
|Team colors||Purple, slate gray, black|
|Team manager||Anthony McClish|
|Head coach||Bobby Jackson|
|Ownership||Sacramento Kings (represented by Vivek Ranadivé, Paul E. Jacobs, and Raj Bathal)|
|Division/Conference titles||3 (2011, 2016, 2018)|
The team began play during the 2008–09 season in Reno, Nevada, as the Reno Bighorns. They moved to Stockton and changed their name in 2018.
The Reno Bighorns began play in the 2008–09 season with their home games at the Reno Events Center. Their namesake was the desert bighorn sheep, which is the state animal of Nevada. The Bighorns were primarily affiliated with the Sacramento Kings, which has been with the team since its inception in 2008. Reno also had affiliations with the New York Knicks (2008–2009), Orlando Magic (2009–2010), Golden State Warriors (2010–2011), Atlanta Hawks (2011–2012), Memphis Grizzlies (2011–2013), and the Utah Jazz (2012–2013).
During the 2014–15 season the Bighorns led the NBA D-League in scoring and also in call-ups to the NBA with seven. The performance of the team and players like Brady Heslip, Tajuan Porter, and Sim Bhullar garnered media attention in not only the Reno area but also on a national scale with national outlets like The Dan Patrick Show and CBS' The Late Late Show  putting a spotlight on the team. Head coach David Arseneault Jr. and his offense, called "The System" were profiled by The Guardian in late February 2015 in an article that put a spotlight on the coach's innovative game plan that he helped to develop with his father at Grinnell College.
On October 20, 2016, the Bighorns were purchased by their parent club, the Sacramento Kings, after being affiliated with the team since its inaugural season. With the purchase, the Bighorns became the fifteenth D-League team to become directly owned by a parent club. The team slightly changed its logo the following season, changing the color scheme to match that of their parent team and adding a crown over the I to match it as well. The team moved after the 2017–18 season.
On April 9, 2018, the Sacramento Kings revealed that they planned to move the club to Stockton, California, to play in the Stockton Arena pending league approval. On April 17, the lease for the use of the arena was approved and the new team name was revealed as the Stockton Kings. The Kings announced their first head coach in Stockton as former Northern Arizona Suns' head coach, Tyrone Ellis on August 13.
Ellis led the team to postseason appearance following the 2018–19 season, but the following season was curtailed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while the Kings were in first place in the Pacific Division. Ellis then left the team in 2020 and the Sacramento Kings chose to not have their affiliate participate in the abbreviated single-site 2020–21 NBA G League season. On May 27, 2020, the Sacramento Kings appointed their assistant and player development coach, Bobby Jackson, as the next head coach of the Stockton team.
|2009–10||Western||3rd||28||22||.560||Lost Round 1 (Rio Grande Valley) 1–2|
|2010–11||Western||1st||34||16||.680||Won Round 1 (Erie) 2–1|
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 1–2
|2013–14||Western||3rd||27||23||.540||Lost Round 1 (Fort Wayne) 0–2|
|2015–16||Pacific||1st||33||17||.660||Lost First Round (Los Angeles) 1–2|
|2017–18||Pacific||1st||29||21||.580||Lost Conf. Semifinal (South Bay) 109–126|
|2018–19||Pacific||2nd||30||20||.600||Lost First Round (Memphis) 119–122|
|2019–20||Pacific||1st||24||19||.558||Season cancelled by COVID-19 pandemic|
|2020–21||Opted out of single-site season|
Stockton Kings roster
|#||Head coach||Term||Regular season||Playoffs||Achievements|
|6||David Arseneault Jr.||2014–16||100||53||47||.530||3||1||2||.333|
Below are a selection of players who have donned a Reno Bighorns or Stockton Kings uniform and in what year they played.
- Atlanta Hawks (2011–2012)
- Golden State Warriors (2010–2011)
- Memphis Grizzlies (2011–2013)
- New York Knicks (2008–2009)
- Orlando Magic (2009–2010)
- Sacramento Kings (2008–2018)
- Utah Jazz (2012–2013)
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- "Stockton City Council Approves Kings G League Franchise Lease Agreement, Team Reveals Identity – Stockton Kings". Stockton.GLeague.NBA.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. April 17, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
- Phillips, Roger (April 17, 2018). "A regal welcome for the Stockton Kings". The Record. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
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