After a long and painstaking wait, basketball has finally returned to the Commonwealth. Following a down season which witnessed the Cats going to the NIT, John Calipari reloaded his team with a recruiting class for the ages. Most would agree after a few weeks that the individual talent hasn’t come together to form a cohesive unit just yet, but if most of the games are any indication, this team has the potential to cut down the nets in Dallas come April. Such a project isn’t a new undertaking for Coach Calipari either, as you’re well aware, he’s had the responsibility of making those immensely talented individuals come together and play team ball for some time now, and he’s done it rather successfully. In addition to the large number of wins that he’s accumulated during his UK tenure, he has also sent quite a few players to play professional ball, 17 to be exact. Those previously mentioned 17 have taken their talents to the professional ranks to join the other six Wildcats who previously left to play in the worlds premier basketball association. Given that you’re a busy person, you probably don’t have time to follow all of the former Cats, but fret not, we here at KSR do have the time. Below you’ll find the statistics for the Cats who have moved on to play professional ball.
-Anthony Davis is pretty good at this basketball thing, eh? Through the Pelicans’ 11 games, Davis is averaging 21 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game. After considering these numbers and combining them with his other stats, you’ll understand why the former Cat is leading the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating. While leading LeBron James in an overall efficiency metric is unbelievably impressive, perhaps his most impressive feat so far on the season was swatting a combined 17 shots in his past two contests against the Jazz and 76ers.
-Not to be outdone by Davis, DeMarcus Cousins is having a standout season in Sacramento thus far. The former 5th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft is leading all of the former Cats in scoring, averaging 21.5 on the season. In addition to his 20+ points per game, Cousins is pulling down nearly ten rebounds and forcing nearly two steals per game.
-Following the trade to Phoenix, Eric Bledsoe has shown that he’s more than capable of leading a team. After nine games played, Bledsoe is Phoenix’s leading scorer at 20.4 points per contest. Not only is he scoring at will, but he’s also doing it efficiently, connecting on 50% of field goal attempts. In addition to points scored, he’s currently averaging 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game.
-Perhaps the biggest surprise of the season is the explosion of Enes Kanter. The Turkish big man is currently pouring in 15 points per game in addition to his 7.5 rebounds. It took a while for Kanter to get his NBA career going, but now he’s currently doubling his career scoring average. The Jazz may suck this year, but look at the bright side, there’s a very real possibility that Kanter could team up with Julius Randle next season.