Friday, October 21, 2016

Taking a bite with America's new Farm-to-Fork Capital

You may have seen social media posts proclaiming Sacramento as America’s Farm to Fork Capital, experienced the local food movement at one of your favorite neighborhood restaurants, or even showed up to eat, drink and be merry at the now-annual Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Month celebrations every September.

But the whole idea goes back to 2012 when Josh Nelson of the Selland Family Restaurants came to the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau with an idea that we should highlight all of the incredible fresh, local food being grown and served in Sacramento. The idea took off and not long after, Mayor Kevin Johnson declared the greater Sacramento region the new Farm-to-Fork Capital of America.

No matter if you’re a serious Foodie, the most health-conscious Vegan, or just someone who loves tasty grub, there is something for everyone in America’s new gastronomical mecca. Here are 25 facts about our new designation as the Farm to Fork Capital:

1. The Sacramento region includes about 1.5 million acres of farms growing more than 120 individual crops. In fact, 70 percent of the Sacramento region’s land is agricultural, forest or other open spaces.
2.     California is the largest agricultural producer in the entire U.S., and Sacramento is the capital both for governance and food production, too.
3.     In fact, no other major metropolitan city in the U.S. enjoys such an abundance of farms, ranches and vineyards within such a close radius.
4.     Local restaurants and eateries have long used all of this freshly grown regional food, creating a Farm-to-Fork experience for patrons.
5.     Since everything is fresh and locally sourced, the menu will change with the seasons as different food is grown.
6.     Thanks to a climate that’s dry and hot in the summer but wet in the winter, Sacramento has a year-round growing season and is often compared to the growing conditions in Mediterranean countries.
7.     Aside from supplying amazing food for all of our local restaurants, Sacramento is home to more than 40 farmers markets - including the largest California Certified Farmers’ Market in the entire state.
8.     It also happens to be the most ethnically diverse farmers market in the country, both in the produce and food offered and the customer demographics.
9.     Sacramento produce and agricultural products are shipped all over the world. In fact, if you’re eating sushi anywhere in the U.S there’s a good chance the rice comes from Sacramento. Believe it or not, Japan consumes more Sacramento-grown rice than its own domestically grown rice!
10. Our City of Trees is also a world leader for domestic caviar production, with 80 percent of domestic caviar farmed right here in Sacramento before it ends up at some of the finest restaurants across the globe.
11. California also supplies 80 percent of the world’s almonds, and Blue Diamond right here in Sacramento is the largest almond grower in the world.
12. Where is Sacramento “hiding” all of these great farms? Amador County has 50 wineries, El Dorado Hills has 100 farms, ranches and wineries, Placer County has an astounding 1,200 small farms, Sutter County has more than 300,000 acres of farmland, 60 percent of Yuba County is agricultural land, and Yolo County features UC Davis as an innovator in food production science and many food distribution operations in West Sacramento. 
13. But it’s not just food that is taking off in the region, with countless award-winning local coffee houses and a seriously burgeoning beer scene. Sacramento now has more than 40 craft breweries, many of them featuring locally farmed ingredients.
14. Sacramento celebrates all of this edible excellence with an annual Farm-to-Fork Month celebration every September. For a couple of weeks, there are daily restaurant specials, farm dinners, street fairs, tastings, interactive chef experiences and a host of other great events.
15. It all wraps up with the Farm-to-Fork Festival in late September, a day where local restaurants, coffee houses, food trucks, farmers, wineries, and breweries come together to celebrate, entertain, and especially, feed, Sacramento residents.
16. Last year’s Farm-to-Fork Festival attracted over 50,000 people and its popularity is expected to grow by leaps and bounds every year as the street festival keeps expanding to more and more city blocks. This year, the final gala was held September 25 on the iconic Tower Bridge, where almost 1,000 people sat and enjoyed a meal created by Sacramento’s top farmers and chefs together.
17. But the Farm-to-Fork Monthly Celebration isn’t just about indulging one’s own pallet, but also education, awareness and responsible food practices. In fact, the September celebration included a food drive hosted by the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. In all, more than 170,000 lbs. of fresh produce was donated to food-insecure people in Sacramento, generating 142,000 meals that fed 16,000 people for three days.
18. Even though another September has passed, there are still plenty of ways to participate in and enjoy Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork renaissance.
19. Local Roots Food Tours offers culinary walking trips and a Market-to-Plate Executive Chefs Tour. Sac Brew Bike and Off the Chain is for those that want to pedal as they sip, there’s nonstop wine tasting at vineyards around the region, and visitors can even order off a specialty Farm-to-Fork menu and have it delivered to many area hotels.
20. Or you can just visit one of Sacramento’s many iconic restaurants year-round to sample their locally grown cuisine, like Sellands, Ella Dining Room & Bar, Mulvaney’s B&L, Waterboy, The Kitchen Restaurant, and many others!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How homebuying and selling has changed over the last 30-40 years.

Thirty years ago in the mid 1980s, our country was embroiled in the Iran-Contra affair, mourning the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger, following celebrities like Boy George and Mr. T, and Wozniak and Jobs had just rolled out the Apple IIgs. Forty years ago in the 1970s, we were wearing ridiculous clothes as we danced to disco (but not me!), Presiden Nixon resigned after the Watergate scandal, and our country was recovering from the Vietnam War - and yes, we were eating TV Dinners while watching it all on our black and white televisions. 

The housing and real estate market was far different in the 1970s and 1980s, too. Here are 15 trends in real estate over the last 30 and 40 years:

1. First-time buyer rates have dropped
First-time buyers now make up only 32% of the home buying market. That’s the lowest share since 1987 when first-time buyers only reached 30% of buyers (and mortgage interest rates reached 21%!). Just how low is that? For context, the first-time homebuyer rate rates reach a high of 50% by 2010, though the average rate is around 39% over the last several decades. One reason for the low total first-time buyer rate is that Millenials first-time home purchases are only at 34.1%, while younger buyers usually make up the lion’s share of these new buyers.

2. Homeownership rates are also down
Home ownership rates bottomed out at 62.9% in Q2 of 2016, a low since the 1960s. In fact, even with 20% or more down payments, standard 30-year fixed loans and fewer flexible loan and credit options, past generations have owned homes at rates commonly in the 64-67% range. Homeownership did peak at 69.4% in 2004 with ridiculously loose lending standards (i.e. subprime) and booming values, but sunk like a stone after the bubble burst. These days, 37 million households in the U.S. are renting instead of owning their own home, a figure that roughly works out to 1 in every 3 households.

3. Houses are much bigger now (but that trend has slowed)
Just how much has our preference for bigger homes grown over the generations? In 1950 there was an average of 290 sq ft per person in the American household. These days each person has about 924 sq ft in an American household! There’s no doubt that the size of homes has risen precipitously in the past few decades, but that trend started to reverse after peaking with the real estate boom of the mid-2000s, as buyers now prefer a slightly smaller home but with great amenities and features.

4. What’s old is new with multi-generational housing
Back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, it wasn’t uncommon for several generations of families to live under one roof, with parents and grandparents living with their adult children as they aged, mostly because there were few other living and care options and out of economic necessity. That trend declined in the 90s and 2000s as our economy boomed, homeownership became easier and modernization of our society led to less of an emphasis on traditional family dynamics.

But multi-generational housing is back and in a big way. In fact, these days, 13% of all homes are purchased by multigenerational households. Why are multiple generations in the same family buying a home together? Here are the top reported reasons:

24% Cost savings
23% Adult children moving back in
18% Caretaking for aging parents
10% Spending more time with aging parents

As you can see, there are a host of reasons for multi-generational housing, including the rapidly growing aging population that need more help and care, but also adult children who are saddled with student loan debt so move back in at home until they find a good job and get on their feet.

5. All the single ladies (are now buying homes)
It’s not just married couples buying homes anymore! Forty, thirty and even twenty years ago, it was almost unheard of to see a young single professional woman buy her own home. But we’ve come a long way, baby, and in ’16, unmarried female homebuyers are one of the fastest growing demographics. Now, married couples constitute only 67% of all homebuyers, followed by single females at 15%. That number is especially significant if we look at the fact that their cohort single males make up only 9% of homebuyers, and single women are even buying homes at a rate more than twice as much as unmarried couples (7%).

6. Technology rules
Obviously, in the 1970s and 80s the most technology home buyers and sellers, and real estate agents used was a rotary telephone and a copy machine. Veteran realtors will remember the days not so long ago where real estate books were dropped off weekly instead of home searches taking place online. But these days, just about everything in real estate (as in business) is driven by technology. Consider that as recently as 1995, only 2% of buyers used the internet during their home search, but by 2005 that number jumped up to 75% of buyers, and now sits at 90%.

Consider that:

76% of buyers visit a home after first finding it through an internet search.
43% of buyers looked for properties online as the first step in the process.
89% used the internet throughout their home search.
78% visited more than 3 sites prior to taking action on a real estate site.

Home shoppers aren’t even taking the time to sit down in front of their desktop computers anymore to do these searches, as the majority of online searches take place from a smart phone or mobile device.

7. The role of Realtors has shifted - but is just as important as ever
Despite this increase in technology, both buyers and sellers continue to seek out real estate agents to buy to sell their homes. In fact, the role of realtors has only increased and become more vital in today’s technology and information-crowded world, and increased emphasis on disclosures, excessive paperwork, litigation, insurance, regulations, etc. only make real estate agents more important.

In fact, homebuyers may be looking for homes online now, but they still use agents to set up showings, suggest other homes, and represent them throughout the buying process.

The top six sources for home searches are now:
  1. Online websites
  2. Real estate agent
  3. Mobile website or app
  4. Mobile search engine
  5. Yard sign
  6. Open house

Likewise, sellers are using a realtor to sell their home more than ever. In 1991, about 19 percent of all homes were sold as FSBOs, or For Sale By Owner. But that rate dropped steadily to 13 percent by 2001, 9% by 2010, and now at a 30-year low of 8%.

Look for part two of this blog coming soon!

Friday, October 14, 2016

The top 5 causes of accident, injury and death at home (and how to prevent them!)

No matter who we are, where we live, how much money we make or what our lifestyle looks like, we all have on priority: to keep our family safe. The moment an accident, robbery, natural disaster or any other harm threatens your a family member, everything else falls to a distant second on your list of priorities. Yet the unfortunately reality is that accidents and other bad things around the home happen every day, so it’s best to be prepared to handle any emergency – or even better, prevent them from happening.

Unintentional home injuries cause about 21 million visits to emergency rooms, hospitals and doctors every year, costing us $220 billion. In fact, more than 18,000 Americans die every year from in the home, which makes it the second most common location for such deaths.

Tragically, children often are the most at risk for injuries and accidents in the home. Every year, more than 3.4 million children suffer an unintentional injury, causing 2,300 childhood fatalities in those under 15 years of age.

The good news is that with some basic awareness, precautions and preparedness as a family, you can drastically reduce the instance and severity of an accident or injury at home, ensuring that your family and children are as safe as possible.

In this blog we’ll cover the top five causes of accidents, injuries and death around the home. In part two of this blog we’ll cover simple safety precautions and measures you can take to keep your family safe!

So what are the major and most common threats to your family around the home?

1. Falling
Slip-and-falls are a surprisingly prevalent cause of injury and death around the home. In fact, the Home Safety Council reveals that falling is the leading cause of unintentional home injury death, claiming about 6,000 lives per year.

Surprisingly, 50% of all accidental home deaths are due to falls, and most of them are from standing level – not off ladders, roofs or stairways.

Seniors and elderly family members are especially susceptible to falling, since 33% of people over the age of 65 will experience a fall every single year! Falling can often be seriously damaging for older people, often setting off a chain of medical problems that are hard to recover from. In fact, 50% of all elderly adults hospitalized for a fall will be unable to return to home after the injury.

2. Poisoning
You might be shocked to hear that poisoning is not far behind, taking nearly 5,000 lives each year, which makes it the second-most common cause of unnatural death around the house. The vast majority of these are caused by prescription and/or illegal drug overdose, or mixing different substances with alcohol and prescriptions that cause an adverse medical reaction. The U.S. poison control centers answer about 2.2 million calls for human poison exposure every year, or an average of once every 15 seconds. Studies show that children younger than 6 years comprise a huge portion of poisoning accident victims, with one and two-year olds in the most danger. 

3. Home fires
With all of our awareness, safety protocols, and modern technology, home fires are still a significant danger.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), firefighters still respond to about 374,000 residential fires every year in the U.S.  At that rate, we have a home fire every 10 seconds, and every 60 seconds a fire serious enough to call the fire department.  Even more sobering, every three hours, someone loses their life to a fire in their home, about 13,000 a year on average.

Here are some other statistics about home fires:

374,000     Average number of residential home fires each year. 
2,600         Average number of deaths each year from home fires.
12,975       Average number of injuries due to home fires each year.
$7.32 billion   Average annual dollar loss due to home fires.

The most common causes of home fires are:

56%      Cooking.
16%      Heating.
9%        Electrical malfunction.
8%        Other unintentional or careless (cigarettes are a major factor)
6%        Open flame.
5%        Intentional.

4. Airway obstruction
You might be shocked to hear that airway obstructions - such as choking, suffocation, and strangulation—cause about 1,000 deaths around the home every year. That makes airway obstructions the fourth-leading cause of accidental home injury death. Unfortunately, children are far more likely to be seriously hurt or even killed by these accidents – especially young children.

In fact, 88 percent of children who die from airway obstruction injuries were children ages 4 and under, and there are nearly 19,000 emergency room visits every year due to airway obstructions. The common causes of choking or airway obstruction include choking on food, choking on balloons they swallow or toys, strangulation by window blinds or cords or drawstrings from clothing.

It’s worth noting that many deaths that were first attributed to sudden infant death syndrome have now been reclassified as airway-obstruction fatalities.         

5. Drowning
Accidental drowning and other submersions in water are the fifth leading cause of injury around the house, accounting for about 800 deaths every year. In fact, drowning is the overall leading cause of death and injury in children ages 1-4! Of course if a homeowner owns a backyard pool or hot tub the possibility of drowning is exponentially higher, but children can drown or become injured in as little as two inches of water.

While swimming pools can offer countless hours of enjoyment and fun for the family, there is no denying that they should be treated with extreme caution when it comes to your children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of 4,900 people receive emergency care for injuries suffered in a swimming pools or spas each year. According to the CDC, every year an average of 390 people die from drowning in a swimming pool.

Look for part two of this blog, where we’ll cover simple safety precautions and measures you can take to keep your family safe!

10 Reasons why the Sacramento Kings will win the NBA championship in the year…

The Sacramento Kings won their one and only championship in 1951, as the Rochester Royals. The streak of 55 seasons without hoisting a championship trophy is the longest in the NBA, and one of the longest in all of sports. The King’s faithful came maddeningly close in 2002 when Chris Webber, Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovich and friends were on the verge of winning the Western Conference championship series and advancing to the finals, where they would have been prohibitive favorites. But Robert Horry, a fourth quarter Kings meltdown, and plenty of (cough cough) questionable calls by the referees saw the Kings sent home early. They never recovered, and have floundered as one of the NBA’s worst franchises over the last decade.

But things are changing in Sactown. The Kings are on the verge of taking a huge leap forward and eventually will compete for an NBA championship. Sound crazy? People said the same thing about the Cleveland Cavaliers before they broke their own drought and won it all last season. While we don’t have a player named Lebron James, we do have 10 compelling reasons why the Kings will win the championship. It won’t be this year (of course) but I do make my educated prediction that the end of this blog. So when will the Kings win the NBA championship? Read on, and GO KINGS!

10 Reasons why the Kings will win the NBA championship in the year…

1. DeMarcus Cousins
The Kings have not only the best center in the NBA but the best young center in the NBA in DeMarcus Cousins (he’s still only 26!), a rare and valuable asset. In fact, Cousins is the perfect centerpiece for building an NBA championship-caliber team and the scary thing is that he probably hasn’t even reached his prime yet. In 2015-16, Cousins scored 26.9 points per game (career high) with 3.3 assists/game (career high), 1.6 steals per game (career high), 1.4 blocks per game, pulled down a monstrous 11.5 rebounds per game and even shot 3-pointers at a respectable .333 clip. He ranked 4th in the NBA in scoring and 5th in rebounding.

Cousins is the consensus best center in the NBA. Outside of possibly Anthony Davis and Karl Anthony Towns (who are more natural power forwards) there really isn’t a big man in the NBA as talented, powerful, mobile and versatile as “Boogie” Cousins. Point blank the NBA is a star league, and Cousins is a generational talent.

Cousins also played admirably for the USA Olympic team in Rio in 2016, bringing home the gold. That’s helped him make great strides with his maturity, leadership and playing team basketball. New coach Dave Joerger is expected to be the stabilizing force and personality match that Cousins has long been looking for.

Will all of that add up to an NBA championship trophy on his mantle anytime soon? Sacramento Kings fans are betting on it.

2. An improving supporting cast
In the offseason, the King’s had some sneaky-good signings, including speedster point guard Ty Lawson (who’s been playing amazing so far and looks like a huge steal), Aaron Afflalo (12.8 points per game), feisty journeyman Matt Barnes and consistent locker room presence Anthony Tolliver. No one is saying the 2016-17 Kings will resemble an all-star team, but with Cousins leading the way, Lawson and Collison shoring up the point guard position, a backlog of talented young Bigs (see below), and plenty of role players off the bench, the Kings have potential to compete on any given night.

Also, don’t be surprised if the Kings trade veterans Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufus to NBA contending teams this year to shore up more young talent and draft picks. It seems like the Kings are only one more star from being perennial playoff contenders, and a rapidly-developing Skal Labissière or a pick in the spectacular 2017 draft could be that player.

In the NBA, great teams are built on 2 or even 3 superstars, but after that the right supporting cast is invaluable to making a championship run, with plenty of role players providing outside shooting, rebounding and tough defense to complement those stars (just ask the Spurs, Cavs, Heat, etc.). Sacramento still needs another star or two, but it looks like they supporting cast of role players who can do just that is coming along nicely.

3. New coach Dave Joerger
When the Kings named Dave Joerger their new coach in the offseason it was a signing that flew under the radar, but one that will pay huge dividends. Joerger is a hoops “lifer”, winning 5 minor league championships in the Developmental League before becoming the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013 until 2016. In that time, he guided a team with decent but very limited players to a record of 246-147, a .599 winning percentage, that included three straight trips to the playoffs. Now at the helm of the Kings, he arguably has more talent and pieces to build around, and his focus on defensive principles and team basketball could very well add an additional 10 games to the King’s win total this season alone. George Karl was a mess and didn’t match with the King’s personnel, but Joerger will get full “buy in” from Boogie and his teammates.

4. Championship droughts can’t last forever
Like we mentioned, the Kings haven’t won a championship since 1951, the longest active title-less streak in the NBA. But statistics reveal that sooner or later, they will end that 63-year drought and come out on top. Remember that the Cavaliers hadn’t won an NBA championship for 52 years until Lebron and company hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy. The same goes for the Boston Red Sox, who faced an 86-year drought before winning not one or two but three championships starting in 2004. Either the Cubs or Indians have a good chance of winning the World Series this year, ending their 106 and 66-year championship droughts, respectively. Every drought has to come to the end, and the Kings have the centerpiece superstar, committed and wealthy ownership, and the best arena in the NBA to help them start working towards ending that drought.

5. Young “Bigs”
The Kings find themselves with a glut of versatile big men, including the uber-talented Cousins, freakishly athletic defensive stalwart Willie Cauley-Stein, 7’1” young Greek center Georgios Papagiannis, pick-and-pop specialist Kosta Koufus, and especially Skal Labissière. In fact, Labissière might turn out to be the steal of the 2016 draft after a couple seasons of development, and his jump shot and outside-in game will be a perfect complement to Cousins, leaving opponents lamenting that the Kings have so many good young Bigs that can also interchange on defense and spread the opponent’s D with their jump shooting. Even if they don’t all get run with the Kings, trading one or more of these emerging big men can yield valuable assets on the way to a title run.

6.The western conference will cycle through
Things go in cycles in the NBA, and that’s also true for the strength and competitiveness of the respective eastern and western conferences. But if we take a look at the best teams in the NBA in the western conference where the Kings play (and their road to the championship finals every year), the Kings have the potential to make some noise a few seasons down the road.

There’s no denying that the Golden State Warriors are now one of the most talented teams ever, but time (and salary cap restrictions) will eventually end their run of potential championships. The Spurs have a superstar in Kawhi Leonard, but won’t be the same without Tim Duncan, and don’t have young talent once Ginobili and Parker retire, too. Who’s next in line? The Clippers? Chris Paul isn’t getting any younger and many think Blake Griffin will bolt in free agency if the Clippers can’t break through in the playoffs once again.

Who else is left? The Thunder have been grounded with Durant’s disappearance and no one expects the Blazers, Lakers, Suns or Nuggets to compete anytime soon, while the Rockets, Pelicans, Grizzlies, Mavericks, are all going in the wrong direction. Interestingly, the young and talented Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves may be the King’s biggest competition in the western conference down the line.

7. The NBA’s best arena
The moment the doors opened on the Golden 1 Center, Sacramentans witnessed a modern marvel of sports arena construction with iconic outward-facing windows, aircraft hangar doors and tree-lined balconies and plazas spanning four city blocks downtown. Not only will the Golden 1 Center reenergize the fan base but the Sacramento Kings as well. The Golden 1 Center is the greenest and smartest arena ever constructed, but still will be an intimate setting for fans to experience a game, as the 17,500 seat capacity for Kings games makes it the second smallest arena in the NBA (The New Orleans Pelican’s stadium holds only 16,867 fans, while most stadiums have 18-20,000+ capacity.)

But the new center does boast 34 luxury suites that are twice as big as the suites at the Sleep Train Arena, as well as three exclusive clubs and two Skyboxes with a view of the concourse below and a panorama of the city.

Suddenly, Sacramento goes from after-thought and second city to the proud host of the best NBA arena in the world, and that pride will echo throughout the city – and soon show up with more wins on the court.

8. Sacramento will become a respected free agent destination
It used to be a near-certainty that NBA free agent superstars sign with huge market teams like the Knicks, Lakers, Bulls or Heat, etc. But that’s no longer the case, as free agents are being smarter about positioning a good fit to maximize their play and the possibility of a championship. They’re also seriously considering their brand, which is no longer tethered to the city where they play. The Knicks and Lakers haven’t gotten a huge superstar free agent in a long time, yet the small market Spurs (Lemarcus Aldridge), Cavaliers (Lebron James), and even Bucks (Greg Monroe) have recently signed big free agents, while Kevin Durant decided to go to the Warriors instead of a bigger market team where he’d be the feature.

All of that fares well for the NBA when it comes to recruiting free agents in the future, especially after the entire fraternity of NBA players cycles through to witness the new arena in 2016-17. There will be plenty of quality players and even superstars that want to get on board with a new era of Kings basketball in the new arena, playing side by side with the best center in the game.

When it comes to the ever-important salary cap, Sacramento is in a great position, as well. DeMarcus Cousins is under team control for two more seasons at a very reasonable 16.9 and 18 million. It will be hard for any other team to sign him away from the Kings then since they’ll be able to offer him a more money and more years than anyone else on his next contract. Rudy Gay is the second-highest paid player at $13 million this year and $14 million next year, but that contract is highly valuable for a good second scoring option if the Kings decide to trade him and move up in this 2017’s stacked draft, or they can just keep playing him as a bargain contract. Ty Lawson is basically an NBA starting point guard playing on a risk-free rookie contract, and the abundance of rookies and young players means the Kings also have control over quality players at low salaries.

Since the King’s total team salary is only $99 million this season, they’ll have plenty of leverage and salary cap space to sign marquee free agents over the next few seasons.

9. Committed ownership and front office
The Kings front office has been a mess in recent years, defined more by power struggles, bickering and indecision than by putting out a winning product. But ownership is firmly in place with tech billionaire Vivek Ranadivé committed to blazing a trail into a more successful future. Ranadivé has put a strong front office in place with Vlade Divac now entrenched as our general manager (Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations) and several other former NBA players and plenty of seasoned NBA execs rounding out the Kings hierarchy. Ranadivé is a smart businessman and has owned a franchise before (minority owner of the Golden States Warriors, which he sold to purchase the Kings) and knows what it takes to win. With the new arena, he has a golden opportunity to build something special in Sacramento, and he won’t squander that. Similar to Mark Cuban in Dallas, Ranadivé will spend freely but wisely and do everything possible to ensure that the Kings become a championship-caliber franchise.

10. The best fans in the NBA
The #10 reason why the Kings will win the championship in coming years is YOU – and all of the other fans in Sacramento. When the Kings went through their successful run in the early and mid-2000s with Chris Webber, Jason Williams, Mike Bibby, Doug Christie, Peja Stojakovic, Vlade Divac, etc., the Kings fans came out in droves for every game, setting the NBA record for the most sold-out games in a row. Very soon the Sacramento faithful will have something to cheer for once again, with cowbells ringing and a new arena to celebrate. The energy, optimism and support of the fans will help launch the Kings to one of the elite teams in the NBA, and eventually a championship!

But when exactly will that be?

Ok, no more stalling. We promised you a championship prediction and we’ll deliver.

Based on these 10 factors, we predict that your Sacramento Kings will win the NBA championship in….

the 2019-20 season.

That’s less than 4 short years away, so get excited and enjoy the ride!