The Sacramento Kings of the new millennium are an NBA power and one of the most desirable franchises for which to play. But before the era of Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and title hopes, Kings fans had just one thing to be proud of at ARCO Arena: They had Mitch Richmond. "You're talking about a guy who persevered through some tough times in Sacramento," Kings president Geoff Petrie told the Sacramento Bee. "He was a great, great player and a great competitor -- and, obviously, he is deservedly one for the ages." Before the trade for Webber sent Richmond to Washington in 1998, he represented Sacramento at six straight All-Star Games and averaged 23.3 points in 517 regular-season games for the Kings.
Full Name: Mitchell James Richmond Born: 6/30/65 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. High School: Boyd Anderson (Fort Lauderdale) Colleges: Moberly (Mo.) Area J.C.; Kansas State Drafted: Golden State Warriors, 1988 (fifth overall) Transactions: Traded to Sacramento, 11/1/91; Traded to Washington, 5/14/98; Signed with L.A. Lakers, 7/20/01.
Height: 6-5; Weight: 220 lbs. Honors: NBA champion (2002); All-NBA Second Team (1994, '95, '97); All-NBA Third Team (1996, '98); NBA Rookie of the Year (1989); Six-time NBA All-Star (1993-98); All-Star MVP (1995); Olympic gold medalist (1996); Olympic bronze medalist (1988).