The Kentucky Wildcats have been one of the top college basketball teams over the last few years. Lots of players who currently play in the NBA started their careers or spent some time in Kentucky, under coach John Calipari or his predecessors. Let’s have a look at the top 5 former Kentucky Wildcats who currently play in the NBA.
No. 1: Anthony Davis
The top overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Anthony Davis, quickly emerged as one of the best and most versatile big men in the league. Shortly after his arrival, he became the franchise player of the New Orleans Pelicans and last season, he even earned an All-Star selection. He was great during his one season in Kentucky and he is even better now that he’s in the NBA. Last season, he averaged 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, an NBA-best 2.8 blocks and 51.9 percent shooting from the field.
No. 2: Rajon Rondo
Rondo is another former Wildcat who has made it to the list of elites in the NBA. Despite his recent injury, Rondo is still considered as one of the best playmakers in the NBA and he is the leader of the Boston Celtics. He won the NBA Championship with the C’s back in 2008 and he has also earned four NBA All-Star selections.
No. 3: John Wall
Wall is an emerging superstar and one day he may even surpass Rondo. For now, he sits on the third spot of our list. The 23-year-old point guard is one of the main reasons the Washington Wizards managed to finally make it to the playoffs last season, after years of struggle. Wall is a franchise player for Washington, one of the best point guards in the NBA and his performance is only getting better. He has the potential to do even better and he seems to be headed toward that direction. Wall spent one season with the Kentucky Wildcats before getting selected at the No.1 spot of the 2010 NBA Draft.
No. 4: DeMarcus Cousins
His explosive personality sometimes overshadows his amazing performances. Nonetheless, there is absolutely no doubt that DeMarcus Cousins is talented. In fact, every season he proves his value on the court, putting up incredible statistics. He finished the 2013 – 2014 season with 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the floor. Although he hasn’t had the opportunity to be part of a winning franchise, Cousins is considered one of the top young big men in the league and he is constantly drawing much interest from the powerhouses of the league. He was a member of the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2009 – 2010 season.
No. 5: Eric Bledsoe
Another former Kentucky Wildcat young prospect who is constantly getting better is Eric Bledsoe. The 24-year-old guard missed a big chunk of the previous season due to an injury but he still showcased the wide range of his skills. Some believe that he has All-Star potential and the truth is that during the three seasons he spent in LA playing behind Chris Paul, he didn’t have the chance to shine. The future looks bright for him.
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