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Kentucky leads nation with 27 former players on NBA rosters

The NBA regular season starts tonight, and to no one’s surprise, Kentucky once again leads all college basketball programs with 27 former players on opening-day rosters. The next closest program? Duke with 20 former players and North Carolina and Kansas with 16 each.

Kentucky players are now on 15 of the league’s 30 teams and make up more than 5.5 percent of the league’s 489 players. Seven NBA teams feature multiple Wildcats, with New Orleans and Phoenix accounting for four each, followed by Sacramento with three.

Player Team
Malik Monk Charlotte Hornets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte Hornets
Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks
Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
Trey Lyles Denver Nuggets
Alex Poythress Indiana Pacers
Julius Randle Los Angeles Lakers
Andrew Harrison Memphis Grizzlies
Bam Adebayo Miami Heat
DeAndre Liggins Milwaukee Bucks
Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
Darius Miller New Orleans Pelicans
Rajon Rondo New Orleans Pelicans
Enes Kanter New York Knicks
Dakari Johnson Oklahoma City Thunder
Patrick Patterson Oklahoma City Thunder
Eric Bledsoe Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
Brandon Knight Phoenix Suns
Tyler Ulis Phoenix Suns
Skal Labissiere Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings
Jodie Meeks Washington Wizards
John Wall Washington Wizards

Using figures compiled by and, Calipari-coached players (which includes Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans but not Jodie Meeks or Rajon Rondo) have amassed nearly $1.5 billion in career NBA contracts ($1.455 billion). In the eight seasons Calipari has been the head coach at Kentucky, his players have totaled more than $1.09 billion in NBA contracts. In just the 2017-18 season alone, UK players are slated to make more than $178 million. Calipari-coached players only (which includes Rose and Evans but not Meeks or Rondo) will make more than $177 million.

That’s a whole lotta money.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 responses to “Kentucky leads nation with 27 former players on NBA rosters”

  1. Wildcat85

    First, Kanter’s stache is ridiculous. Take a twitter poll to vote him to shave that nose-curtain. Second, didn’t Liggins get released yesterday?

    1. BigBlueMeade

      Picked up by Milwaukee

  2. BigPerm

    Isn’t that 28??

  3. CadizCat

    All those great players and only one championship to show for it….crazy!

    1. UK Big Board Update

      Yeah. Darn. “Only” one. Do you know how many schools wished they had “only one”? (Oh, and ours isn’t being vacated over hookers and paying players 😉)

  4. Wildcat85

    How many former UL players on NBA rosters right now?

    1. runningunnin.454

      Or Duke’s.