With All-Star Weekend in the books (marking the unofficial end to the first half of the NBA season), let’s take a look back at why 2013-14 has been the most productive year for former Kentucky Wildcats in NBA history.
Several NBA ‘Cats rank among the league’s top 10 in numerous statistical categories. Sacramento Kings center and All-Star snub DeMarcus Cousins is 9th in the league in scoring (22.5 PPG), 5th in rebounding (11.7 RPG), 4th in double-doubles (34), and 1st in personal fouls (among players on pace to play 70 games or commit 160 fouls), with 3.8 per game. Washington Wizards All-Star point guard and NBA Slam Dunk Contest Dunker of the Night John Wall is 4th in the NBA in assists (8.5 APG), 5th in steals (2.04 SPG), tied for 9th in minutes (37.0 MPG), and tied for 4th in turnovers (among players on pace to play 70 games or commit 160 turnovers), with 3.5 per game. Kentucky’s other NBA All-Star, New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, leads the NBA in blocks with 3.07 BPG.
The season averages for every UK alum who has played in a 2013-14 NBA game (minus former big man Daniel Orton, who was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last month) are compiled below:
Key: GS-GP (games started-games played), MPG (minutes per game), PPG (points per game), FG% (field goal percentage), 3P% (3-point field goal percentage), FT% (free-throw percentage), RPG (rebounds per game), APG (assists per game), BPG (blocks per game), SPG (steals per game), TPG (turnovers per game)
All statistics via ESPN.com