Stockton Kings

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.

Stockton Kings
LeagueNBA G League
HistoryReno Bighorns
Stockton Kings
ArenaStockton Arena
LocationStockton, California
Team colorsPurple, slate gray, black[1][2][3]
Team managerAnthony McClish
Head coachTyrone Ellis
OwnershipSacramento Kings (represented by Vivek Ranadivé, Paul E. Jacobs, and Raj Bathal)
Affiliation(s)Sacramento Kings
Division/Conference titles3 (2011, 2016, 2018)

The team began play during the 2008–09 season as the Reno Bighorns.


Reno Bighorns

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.[4] 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[5] 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[6] but also on a national scale with national outlets like The Dan Patrick Show[7] and CBS' The Late Late Show [8] putting a spotlight on the team. Head coach David Arseneault Jr. and his offense, called "The System"[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[1] The team moved after the 2017–18 season.

Stockton Kings

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.[12] On April 17, the lease for the use of the arena was approved and the new team name was revealed as the Stockton Kings.[13][14] The Kings announced their first head coach in Stockton as former Northern Arizona Suns' head coach, Tyrone Ellis on August 13.[15]

Season-by-season results

Season Division Regular season Playoffs
Reno Bighorns
2009–10Western3rd2822.560Lost Round 1 (Rio Grande Valley) 1–2
2010–11Western1st3416.680Won Round 1 (Erie) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 1–2
2013–14Western3rd2723.540Lost Round 1 (Fort Wayne) 0–2
2015–16Pacific1st3317.660Lost First Round (Los Angeles) 1–2
Reno Bighorns
2017–18Pacific1st2921.580Lost Conf. Semifinal (South Bay) 109–126
Stockton Kings
2018–19Pacific2nd3020.600Lost First Round (Memphis) 119–122
Regular season284266.516

Current roster

Stockton Kings roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G 17 Canaan, Isaiah 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1991–05–21 Murray State
G/F 10 Davis, A. J. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 1995–03–15 Central Florida
G 2 Demps, Cody 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1993–12–02 Sacramento State
F 17 Gabriel, Wenyen (NBA) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997–03–26 Kentucky
G 1 Graves, Marcus 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1996–06–09 Sacramento State
F 23 Griffin, Derrick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–09–03 Texas Southern
G 7 Guy, Kyle (TW) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997–08–11 Virginia
G/F 19 Jeffries, DaQuan (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1997–08–30 Tulsa
F 0 Pineiro, Isaiah 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–02–05 San Diego
C 8 Reynolds, Jalen 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1992–12–30 Xavier
G 34 Thompson, Hollis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1991–03–04 Georgetown
G 3 Ulis, Tyler 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1996–01–05 Kentucky
G 22 Vincent, Gabe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996–06–14 UC Santa Barbara
F 28 Young, Kevin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1990–06–24 Kansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Tyler Gatlin
  • Rico Hines
  • Kyle Nishimoto
  • Katie Luhring (Athletic Trainer)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured

Last transaction: 2019–12–14

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
1Jay Humphries2008–101005347.530312.333
2Eric Musselman2010–11503416.680633.500
3Paul Mokeski2011–12502129.420
4Jason Glover2012–13501634.320
5Joel Abelson2013–14502723.540202.000
6David Arseneault Jr.2014–161005347.530312.333
7Darrick Martin2016–181005050.500101.000
8Tyrone Ellis2018–present503020.600101.000

Notable players

Below are a selection of players who have donned a Reno Bighorns or Stockton Kings uniform and in what year they played.[16]

NBA affiliates

Stockton Kings

Reno Bighorns



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  2. "Stockton Kings Unveil New Branding, Connected to Rich Kings Franchise History and Proud Regional Roots". (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. May 23, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. "Stockton Kings Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  4. "Reno Unveils Name And Logo For NBA D-League Team". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. July 31, 2008. Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  5. "NBA Inside Stuff: Reno Bighorns High-Scoring Offense". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. December 6, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  6. Ritenhouse, Duke (January 9, 2015). "Like offense? The Reno Bighorns are your team". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  7. Wise, Jason (December 29, 2014). "Brady Heslip on Dan Patrick Show". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  8. "Sim Bhullar on The Late Late Show 2-26-2015". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  9. "David Arseneault Productions - The Formula for Success". Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  10. Carpenter, Les (February 20, 2015). "140 points a game – but are the Reno Bighorns a basketball experiment too far?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  11. "Sacramento Kings Buy Controlling Interest in NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns". OurSports Central. October 20, 2016.
  12. "Kings to Bring NBA G League Basketball to Stockton". (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. April 9, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  13. "Stockton City Council Approves Kings G League Franchise Lease Agreement, Team Reveals Identity – Stockton Kings". (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. April 17, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  14. Phillips, Roger (April 17, 2018). "A regal welcome for the Stockton Kings". The Record. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  15. "Stockton Kings name Ellis new head coach". Stockton Record. August 13, 2018.
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