When it began looking inevitable that the Kings would relocate to Seattle, I had an idea. I waited too long to post it and it is no longer relevant; however, I figured I would share it anyway.
I never liked the idea of Oklahoma City having all of Seattle’s history. If Seattle ever gets another franchise and renames it the SuperSonics, they will have no tie to all of the SuperSonic basketball of the past because it belongs to another team that plays in another city with no connection to those players. So I figured if the Kings went to Seattle, they could basically switch franchise histories up until Clay Bennet bought the Sonics.
What this would mean is that Seattle would be able to keep all of it’s history, records, championship, and so on other than the two years Bennet owned the team while it was in Seattle. Therefore, all of the King’s history up until 2006 would go to the Thunder and everything from 2006 on would go to Seattle. And since the Kings have bounced around so much anyway over the life of the franchise, there is less of a connection to one single city.
As for team accomplishments, it’s basically a wash. Both the Kings and the Supersonics have had 1 championship and 3 conference titles. The Kings have only had 3 division titles whereas the Sonics had 6, but that is offset by the fact that the Kings are an older team and provide a longer history.
I figured it would’ve been a good way for Bennett to pay back Seattle in a small but significant way. Oh well, it’s a moot point for now until relocation talks for another team come up.