Last night the Kings lost to the Jazz by 49 points. Last night the Phoenix Suns clinched a playoff appearance.
The Suns held the second-longest active playoff drought in the NBA, having failed to reach the postseason since 2010. For those of you keeping score at home, that means that the Suns playoff drought started 4 years after the Sacramento Kings. The next longest drought is the New York Knicks at 7 years, a streak that appears destined to end this year.
The Sacramento Kings will extend their drought to 15 years. They're aren't mathematically eliminated yet, but that's coming any day now and we can be realistic and count them out even if the coaching staff refuses to recognize reality. 15 seasons will tie the longest playoff drought in NBA history, a record set by the Los Angeles Clippers between the 76-77 and 90-91 seasons.
We could recount all the things that have changed or happened since the Kings drought started, but that's already been done countless times. All of this has been done before.
The Kings will tie an all-time record for NBA futility this year. Barring some lottery luck or a huge trade, it seems like this squad is a longshot to make the playoffs next year as well. A streak this long, in a league where over half the teams make the playoff every year, is a true testament to sustained ineptitude.