The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday that Peja Stojakovic will have his No. 16 worn with the team retired. The ceremony is scheduled December 16 when the Kings host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Stojakovic will join Nate Archibald (No. 1), Mitch Richmond (2), Chris Webber (4), Bob Davies (11), Maurice Stokes (12), Oscar Robertson (14), Vlade Divac (21), Jack Twyman (27) and Sam Lacey (44) as retired Kings numbers. Speculation brewed about the move when second-year guard Ben McLemore switched his number from 16 to 23 a week prior (the M-16 nickname will be missed).
Stojakovic in his prime will be remembered as one of the best pure shooters in NBA history and a mediocre defender. The Serbian was drafted 14th overall by the Kings in 1996 and produced his best season in 2004 when he averaged 24.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3 threes per game and was an MVP finalist. The 6-foot-10 small forward won back-to-back NBA Three-Point Shootout contests in 2002-03 and earned three straight All-Star nominations from 2002-04. Stojakovic also played for the Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks (where he won an NBA championship in 2011) and he is ranked ninth all-time in career three-pointers made (1,760).
Next to Webber, Stojakovic is arguably the most beloved King in recent memory.
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