Philadelphia 76ers: Best trade in team history with Sacramento Kings

Chris Webber (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Chris Webber (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia 76ers have a great trade history with the Sacramento Kings.

After taking a short hiatus from the series of articles covering the Philadelphia 76ers‘ best trades with each team in the NBA, it’s time to continue forward. The Sixers’ trade history with Sacramento Kings has been in Philly’s favor for the most part.

The two clubs have executed seven trades with each other with the first occurring in 1969 and the most recent being in 2015. There were three legit candidates for this article to focus on and choosing just one wasn’t easy.

Younger Philly fans would go with the 2015 Nik Stauskas trade, because of the plethora of picks it brought up just for taking on Carl Landry’s and Jason Thompson’s contracts. However, because the Sixers used those picks rather poorly, it isn’t it. Neither was the Tom Van Arsdale deal in 1973.

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Landing post-prime Chris Weber is probably the best deal that the Sixers made with the Kings. No, they didn’t get the load of picks that they did in the Stauskas trade, but the move was smart at the time and paid off for a season.

Philly landed Weber in a last-ditch effort to not waste anymore of Allen Iverson’s prime and the season they traded for the power forward it worked as they did make the playoffs. Sadly, it didn’t the full season after when Webber averaged 20.2 points and 9.9 rebounds as they failed to make the playoffs. He was traded the following season as the team began to rebuild.

The Sixers only gave up three NBA journeymen for a future Hall of Famer Webber in Brian Skinner, Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas (in his prime). Philly also got a young Matt Barnes and big man Michael Bradley.

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Getting the last two good seasons of Webber’s career was a steal for the Philadelphia 76ers considering they didn’t give up much of value and the gamble paid off for one season. That’s why this trade with the Kings is the best between the two clubs.