Sacramento Kings, 2011-12

Tattoo percentage: 50% (7 players with tattoos, 7 players without)

The Kings keep their percentage dead even with last year’s team regardless of a few trades and the addition of rookies Fredette, Honeycutt, and Thomas.

Players with tattoos:

DeMarcus Cousins
In August of 2011, Cousins posted a photo on Twitter of his new tattoo reading “Misunderstood” along his calf.

Donte Greene
Greene has tattoos on both arms.

Tyler Honeycutt
On Honeycutt’s right shoulder is a tattoo of a hand holding a basketball framed by the text “City of Angels” in script.

John Salmons
Salmons has Chinese characters on his right arm. According to the website NiuBBall.com, it’s identical to Jermaine O’Neal’s Chinese tattoo, and means “person who sells coffins.”

Isaiah Thomas
Among Thomas’s many tattoos is a quote from the film Hoop Dreams on his right shoulder.

Marcus Thornton
Among Thornton’s many tattoos is a line of text along his collar that reads: “Protected by God I fear no man.”

Terrence Williams
Another of the heavily-tattooed players born and raised in Seattle, Williams has a tattoo of the number 8 resting in a spiderweb, a reference to the Section 8 housing that he and Nate Robinson and their other friends grew up in, a tattoo that many of them have.

Players without tattoos:

Tyreke Evans
Jimmer Fredette
Francisco Garcia
Chuck Hayes
Travis Outlaw
Jason Thompson
Hassan Whiteside



NBA tattoos


2013-14 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55%
241 players with tattoos, 201 without [details]


2013-13 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 56% [details]
2011-12 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55% [details]
2010-11 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 53% [details]

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