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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 7 More Lottery Picks in 2 Years?

#
Team
Player
H
W
P
School
C
1
 LA Clippers
6-11
235
SF
Baylor
Fr.
2
 Sacramento
6-8
215
SF
North Carolina
Fr.
3
 New Jersey
6-9
286
PF
Ohio State
Fr.
4
 Minnesota
7-0
224
PF
Lithuania
Intl.
5
 Washington
6-8
244
SF
Kentucky
Fr.
6
 Detroit
6-9
221
PF
Arizona
So.
7
 Cleveland
6-3
185
PG
Kentucky
Fr.
8
 Golden St.
6-11
261
PF/C
Kentucky
Fr.

2012 MOCK DRAFT

#
Team
Player
H
W
P
School
C
1
 LA Clippers
6-9
200
SF
Baylor
HSSr.
2
 Sacramento
6-4
189
PG/SG
Duke
HSSr.
3
 New Jersey
6-2
172
PG
Duke
Fr.
4
 Minnesota
6-6
216
SF
Kentucky
HSSr.
5
 Washington
6-9
187
SF
Kentucky
HSSr.
6
 Detroit
6-7
205
SF
Illinois
Fr.
7
 Cleveland
6-9
226
PF
Syracuse
HSSr.
8
 Golden St.
6-8
215
SF
Missouri
Fr.
9
 Philadelphia
7-0
245
C
Illinois
Fr.
10
 Charlotte
6-8
210
SF/PF
North Carolina
HSSr.
11
 Toronto
6-6
190
SG
Georgia
HSSr.
12
 Houston
6-2
165
PG
Kentucky
HSSr.
13
 Memphis
6-4
205
SG
Vanderbilt
So.
14
 Phoenix
6-4
195
SG
Kentucky
Fr.

What you see above are the mock drafts presented by nbadraft.net, updated just yesterday.  And if I read them correctly, they are projecting Kentucky to have SEVEN more lottery picks in the next 2 NBA Drafts.  That would give Kentucky TEN NBA lottery picks over a 3-year span.  For comparisons sake, Kentucky has only had 17 total players drafted in the NBA’s first 14 picks (aka lottery) in it’s history.

I am not breaking any new ground with this statement, but Kentucky is currently stockpiling the greatest amount of talent over a 3-year span as any team in college basketball history.  That is, if we consider being drafted in the NBA as the criteria for such a statement.  The problem that John Calipari is facing is that, when it’s all said and done, UK fans don’t really give a darn what KIND of talent you bring to Lexington, just so long as it’s winning talent.  If we get through these first 3 seasons of Cal-ball and don’t see a Final Four, you have to question whether UK is just a stepping stone to the NBA, or are we a top level college basketball program.  With as much talent as Cal is putting on the floor, those have to be the expectations. 

Your thoughts?

Article written by Bryan the Intern