Spotlight on five former Kentucky basketball players who shine in the NBA
The University of Kentucky basketball program has shared much of its wealth with the NBA over the past decade. With multiple Wildcats selected in the NBA Draft each year, nearly every team has ended up with a former Kentucky star at some point.
For more than 70 years, Kentucky basketball has had the most success sending players to the NBA — 122 in all. As the NBA season has just begun, a total of 28 former Wildcats are active on NBA rosters.
Rajon Rondo is the most established who begins his 15th season in the league with the Los Angles Lakers. Bradon Boston Jr. (LA Clippers) and Isiah Jackson (Indiana Pacers) are the league’s rookies. Boston didn’t contribute as much as expected during his year playing Kentucky basketball, while Big Blue fans were grateful for Jackson.
There are 28 former Kentucky basketball players on NBA rosters
From league veterans to youngsters just starting their careers, here’s how five former Kentucky players are doing heading into the 2021-22 season.
Some may have more impact than fans realize. Let’s take a look at five.
Anthony Davis – Lakers F.C.
If the Lakers haven’t had such a good start to the season, the blame is far from Anthony Davis.
The 2020 NBA champion missed most of the 2020-21 season as he battled injuries but caused a stir when he returned to training this season.
In three games, Davis is averaging 28 points, 12.5 rebounds and three blocks per game.
His best game of the year so far was Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. Davis played 42 minutes and had 35 points and 17 rebounds, adding four blocks into the mix in the overtime thriller.
It’s safe to say the Lakers are doing their best to lead the offense through Davis as he’s the youngest star on a team with a certain age for them. If he wants to continue his dominance, “The Brow” will be in the MVP conversation down the road.
White in Kentucky in 2011-12, he led his team to a 38-2 record with the only two losses against all Indiana and Vanderbilt teams. But they more than made up for it by winning the NCAA championship in John Calipari’s third season.
No Kentucky basketball team since has had a player like Davis. He recorded 20 double-doubles in 40 games as a rookie at Kentucky, leading the team in goals, rebounds, blocked shots, steals and field goal percentage.