The NBA Playoffs are set to tip off this afternoon, and the University of Kentucky will be heavily represented in both conferences, as 13 total former Wildcats (12 players and one head coach) will be getting the postseason rolling.
Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee), Jodie Meeks (Toronto), and Dwane Casey (Detroit) will compete in the Eastern Conference, while DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State), Hamidou Diallo (OKC), Nerlens Noel (OKC), Patrick Patterson (OKC), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Los Angeles), Enes Kanter (Portland), Skal Labissiere (Portland), Trey Lyles (Denver), Jamal Murray (Denver), and Jarred Vanderbilt (Denver) will represent the school in the Western Conference.
12 active players from one school is second-most among all NBA teams in the Playoffs.
Had our fingerprints all over the regular season. About to do the same in the postseason. Good luck to the #NBACats in the NBA Playoffs.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 12, 2019
The first Wildcat in action will be this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. when Meeks’ Toronto Raptors take on the Orlando Magic on ESPN. Then, Cousins and Gilgeous-Alexander will make their NBA Playoffs debuts when the Warriors take on the Clippers at 8:00 p.m. And then tonight, Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt and the Nuggets will host San Antonio at 10:30 p.m.
And then tomorrow, five Wildcats will compete against one-another at 3:30 p.m. when the Oklahoma City Thunder (Diallo, Noel, and Patterson) take on the Portland Trailblazers (Kanter and Labissiere). Afterward, Bledsoe’s Bucks will begin their series against Casey’s Pistons at 7:00 p.m.
Best of luck to all BBNBA members in their pursuit of the 2019 NBA Championship trophy.