UK MBB Leads Nation with 27 Gamers on NBA Opening-Day Rosters – UKAthletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Relating to getting ready gamers for the NBA, there may be Kentucky after which there may be everybody else.
The tipoff to the 2021-22 NBA season on Tuesday marks the annual reminder that UK males’s basketball develops and produces NBA-ready gamers higher than another college.
A complete of 27 gamers on NBA opening-day rosters (together with two-way and inactive gamers) performed and completed their faculty basketball careers at Kentucky, greater than another faculty program within the nation. Duke, with 21, is the one different college with greater than 20 gamers within the NBA.
The record was compiled from the NBA’s official opening-day roster record.
Of the 30 NBA franchises that includes a Wildcat, 17 have a number of UK gamers.
Arguably the 2 most seen and storied NBA franchises, the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, have probably the most Wildcats.
The Knicks – nicknamed the Kentucky Knicks by a lot of Massive Blue Nation for UK’s important roster presence – stay the chief in NBA Wildcats with 4. Former Kentucky stars Kevin Knox II (2018), Nerlens Noel (2013), Immanuel Quickley (2019-20) and Julius Randle (2014) name New York their skilled house. A fifth participant, Derrick Rose, additionally performed for John Calipari however at Memphis (2008), and assistant coach Kenny Payne was a longtime UK assistant. All performed distinguished roles within the Knicks’ run to the NBA Playoffs final season.
The Lakers are simply behind the Knicks with three former Kentucky gamers in Anthony Davis (2012), Malik Monk (2017) and Rajon Rondo (2005-06). Davis and Rondo received NBA titles with the Lakers in 2020. Including to the UK ties, is head coach Frank Vogel who’s a Kentucky graduate and former Wildcat scholar supervisor and video coordinator.
5 different franchises – the Charlotte Hornets (Nick Richards [2018-20], PJ Washington [2018-19]), the Detroit Pistons (Hamidou Diallo [2017-18], Trey Lyles [2015]), the Los Angeles Clippers (Eric Bledsoe [2010], Brandon Boston Jr. [2021], the Miami Warmth (Bam Adebayo [2017], Tyler Herro [2019]) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Cities [2015], Jarred Vanderbilt [2018]) – open the season with not less than two Wildcats apiece.
Rondo, now getting into his sixteenth season, stays probably the most skilled Kentucky participant within the league. He returned to the Lakers within the offseason for a second stint after taking part in with the Hawks and Clippers final season. Boston Jr. and Isaiah Jackson (2021) would be the youngest-tenured NBA Wildcats as rookies.
Of the 27 Wildcats on an opening-day NBA roster, John Calipari has coached 26 of them. With Rose, a former Calipari participant at Memphis, Calipari has additionally coached 27 gamers on 2021-22 opening-day rosters.
Greater than 20 different Wildcats are slated to play within the NBA G League or play professionally abroad. Different notable alumni embrace, 1978 nationwide champion Dwane Casey, who returns as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, and Pat Riley continues to function president of the Warmth.
The season suggestions off Tuesday with a doubleheader on TNT. The Brooklyn Nets play the 2021 NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, at 7:30 p.m. Then a number of NBA Wildcats will probably be within the 10 p.m. sport because the Golden State Warriors tip off their season in opposition to Davis, Monk, Rondo and the Lakers.
Kentucky has loved unprecedented success at placing gamers within the NBA beneath Calipari. Within the 12 earlier seasons of the Calipari period, 43 gamers have been chosen within the NBA Draft, greater than another college. Included within the current run are 32 first-round picks, three No. 1 total picks (Davis, Cities and John Wall [2010]) and 21 lottery picks.
Calipari’s gamers have entered the league NBA-ready. His gamers have garnered 26 All-Star picks – all since 2010 – with Davis successful the sport’s MVP honor in 2017. Rose was named NBA MVP in 2011. Six of his gamers have been tabbed All-NBA (Rose, Wall, Davis, Cities, Randle and DeMarcus Cousins), three have been named NBA Rookie of the Yr (Rose, Cities and Tyreke Evans), and 15 gamers from Calipari’s first 11 groups at Kentucky have made the NBA All-Rookie groups. UK has produced extra All-NBA gamers, extra NBA All-Rookie and extra NBA All-Defensive gamers than another college within the Calipari period.
The 2020-21 season was one other profitable one for the previous Kentucky stars. Randle was named the 2021 NBA Most Improved Participant whereas Devin Booker (2015) achieved famous person standing with a sensational run to the NBA Finals. Following the season, Adebayo, Booker and Keldon Johnson (2019) received gold medals with the U.S. Olympic Group on the Summer time Video games.
Utilizing figures compiled by and, Calipari-coached gamers solely (which incorporates Rose however not Rondo) have amassed almost $3.4 billion in profession NBA contracts. Within the 12 seasons Calipari has been the top coach at Kentucky, his gamers have totaled almost $3 billion in NBA contracts.
In simply the 2021-22 season alone, former UK gamers are slated to make almost $340 million. Calipari-coached gamers solely (which incorporates Rose however not Rondo) will make nearly the identical factor.
Calipari produced a top-10 choose in 11 straight drafts previous to 2020, a feat no different coach has ever completed. He has a streak of 14 consecutive drafts with a first-round choose. Calipari is the one coach within the historical past of the game to have 4 gamers drafted No. 1 total (Rose – 2008, Wall – 2010, Davis – 2012, Cities – 2015). 
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Wildcats within the NBA
Bam Adebayo – Miami Warmth
Eric Bledsoe – Los Angeles Clippers
Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
Brandon Boston Jr. – Los Angeles Clippers
Willie Cauley-Stein – Dallas Mavericks
Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers
Hamidou Diallo – Detroit Pistons
De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder
Tyler Herro – Miami Warmth
Isaiah Jackson – Indiana Pacers
Keldon Johnson – San Antonio Spurs
Enes Kanter – Boston Celtics
Kevin Knox II – New York Knicks
Trey Lyles – Detroit Pistons
Tyrese Maxey – Philadelphia 76ers
Malik Monk – Los Angeles Lakers
Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets
Nerlens Noel – New York Knicks
Immanuel Quickley – New York Knicks
Julius Randle – New York Knicks
Nick Richards – Charlotte Hornets
Rajon Rondo – Los Angeles Lakers
Karl-Anthony Cities – Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarred Vanderbilt – Minnesota Timberwolves
John Wall – Houston Rockets
PJ Washington – Charlotte Hornets
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