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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Ranking the 10 Best Players for the Last 10 Years


Is Jodie Meeks one of the 10 best UK players in the last 10 years?

The last 10 years at Kentucky have really been quite a wild ride.  Starting with the 02-03 season, Kentucky has won 4 SEC Championships, 4 SEC Tournament Championships, and 1 National Championships.  We have had #1 recruiting classes under 2 coaches (Tubby and Cal, don’t forget) and seen 2 #1 draft picks, with the potential for a 3rd.  We’ve also seen some down times, with the last 2 years of Tubby and the 2 years of Gillispie (although BCG’s first year was better than people remember).  But above all else, we have seen a lot of great players come through Lexington.  But, who are the best 10?  I ranked my best 10 players, based on talent alone, and then gave a Bonus 10 below that.  Again, this is not ranking players on their UK careers but just on their talent alone.

1. Anthony Davis: National Player of the Year, Final Four MVP, and crushed school record for blocks in a season.  Davis ranks 4th in school history in blocks.  IN ONE SEASON.  You could make a serious argument that Davis had the best individual season in UK history, when you throw in the national title as well.  He is likely the most athletic freak to play for UK.  And he did it all while becoming a cultural icon with the unibrow.

2. Keith Bogans: 4th in school history in points, but for the sake of this argument, only Bogans senior season is being taken under consideration.  Even still, that senior season was one of the 10 best in UK history.  Bogans led the first ever (and only) SEC team to go undefeated in regular season and tournament play.  Bogans combination of deadly jump shot and mid-range game made him a nightmare to guard.  But people forget he was also the defensive stopper on that 2003 team, and maybe argue his sprained ankle prevented him from shutting down Dwayne Wade.  Bogans was the unquestioned team leader of the 2nd best UK team since 1980.

3. John Wall: Was a talent that UK hadn’t seen at the point guard spot.  Maybe the fastest player end to end in school history.  But his importance was bringing UK back from the depths of Billy Gillispie, but doing it in a cool way.  Wall brought the Calipari-era into every top recruits home and you could argue he deserves some of the credit for the success the next 2 years.  Oh, plus he was a hell of a player.  Despite a struggling jumper at times, Wall was so good at getting the to basket it really didn’t matter.

4. Patrick Patterson: This guy could really do it all.  He could score, rebound, pass, block shots, run the floor, and he was a strong competitor.  His broken foot in the 2008 season ended any hopes of a long tournament run.  He stepped onto campus and immediately became the best player on the team.  If he had returned, he had a good shot at becoming a 2,000 point scorer.  Patterson’s consistency and leadership boost him into this spot.

5. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Can we say potentially the best motor to play the game at UK?  I have argued Gilchrist was more important to the 2012 championship than Anthony Davis.  I am not sure UK wins that title without either guy, but MKG often made that little hustle play, that putback, that block, that demoralized a team, stopped a run, or put an emphasis on a UK run.  Incredible defender, great in transition, and an improved jump shot made him tough to handle in February and March.

6. Brandon Knight: Probably the best pure scorer in the Calipari era.  Fantastic jump shot, but also an incredible ability to create his own jump shot, whether off a screen or off the dribble.  Plus, had 2 iconic baskets in the same NCAA Tournament.  Knight often carried that team single-handedly, and was for sure the guy to get the ball at the end of games.  I always liked to consider him a better version of Jodie Meeks.  Or certainly a guy who could do more things than Meeks.

7. Demarcus Cousins: People forget that Cousins was a bit of a struggle on the offensive end at the beginning of the 08-09 season.  We forget because he became such a force by the end of the year.  I would doubt you could find a guy who improved in one season more the Cousins.  The best pure center at UK since Sam Bowie (until Davis came along), Cousins provided UK with the punch down low while Wall did it in the open floor.  Cousins probably had more offensive game than Davis, but the addition of defense is what pushes Davis ahead.  Wish he could have had that Final Four.

8. Chuck Hayes: Did more with the skills he had than anybody.  Had no offensive game to speak of when he came to UK, but became quite the scorer in the low post his last 2 years.  Was one of the best rebounders to ever play at UK, especially for his size.  A great competitor, fan favorite.

9. Nerlens Noel:  He would have stretches in games where he had just as much an impact, maybe more, than Anthony Davis did.  His 2nd half against Ole Miss was legendary.  But a lack of great guards around him often hurt his production.  His defensive game was certainly one of the best ever seen in Lexington.  Offensive game was a developing creature and likely what keeps him out of the Top 5.  Plus, we didn’t find out how good he could become after his knee injury.

10. Jodie Meeks:  Meeks probably deserves to be on this list just for his scoring record game against Tennessee.  But, he also developed his game that junior season into becoming a complete player.  Defense was sometimes an issue for Meeks, but got better each season.  Was hampered by injuries his first 2 years.  Plus, had to suffer through Billy Gillispie.  Nonetheless, the best scorer at UK since……….Mashburn?  Issel?  I think he belongs in that company when it comes to scoring alone.  And for that, it still just makes him the 10th best player at UK in the last 10 years.

The Next 10
11. Terrence Jones
12. Eric Bledsoe
13. Gerald Fitch
14. Doron Lamb
15. Ramel Bradley
16. Rajon Rondo
17. Darius Miller
18. Kelena Azubuike
19. Randolph Morris
20. Archie Goodwin

OK, so there is my list.  What would yours be?  Again, we are using any player that played at UK from the 02-03 season on.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

94 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Ranking the 10 Best Players for the Last 10 Years



  1. UNC Bologna
    9:03 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Roy Williams let PJ Hairston work his youth basketball camp last week. Absolutely disgusting!
    http://keepingitheel.com/2013/06/17/roy-williams-addresses-pj-hairstons-status/



  2. C Mills
    9:04 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    That moment you realize Tayshaun hasn’t played for UK in over 10 years……..



  3. Bill Walker
    9:05 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin?????? – he may have some talent, but none of it is from the neck up!



  4. Jumpman78
    9:05 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    First of all that 02-03 season was the 3rd best season. It IS not better than 95-96 or 11-12.



  5. Hoptownsbeast
    9:07 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Joe Crawford before morris and goodwin



  6. Zachfromnyc
    9:09 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Crawford definitely ahead of Goodwin.



  7. Shooter McGavin
    9:11 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    1. Anthony Davis, 2. John Wall, 3. Demarcus Cousins, 4. Brandon Knight, 5. MKG, 6. Patrick Patterson, 7. Jodie Meeks, 8. Rajon Rondo, 9. Terrance Jones, 10. Kelena Azubuike, 11. Nerlens Noel, 12. Keith Bogans, 13. Chuck Hayes, 14. Eric Bledsoe, 15. Doron Lamb, 16. Ramel Bradley, 17. Gerald Fitch, 18. Joe Crawford, 19. Darius Miller, 20. Randolph Morris



  8. Teague
    9:11 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Why is teague not on this list? He was a bulldog. You can’t win games and national titles without solid point guard play. We saw that this year. I say Teague might even crack the top ten.



  9. Shooter McGavin
    9:11 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cliff Hawkins deserves mention as well



  10. jumpman78
    9:12 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    My comment was in reference to the statement that Bogans played on the 2nd best UK team since 1980. No way that team was better than 96 or 12 championship teams. There is a major talent descrepancy.



  11. The Water Boy
    9:12 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Goodwin over Joe Crawford?

    Bogans is great statistically, but the #2 overall best player in the last 10 years? Impossible.. He did not even play in the last ten seasons. But if this was for the past 11 seasons I would rate him slightly lower than #2.



  12. Joey
    9:13 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Doron Lamb is on that list. Shot 50% from 3-land for two years. NC and Elite Eight. His outside shooting opened up the game for everyone else. Best 3-point shooter in history of UK.



  13. ballin
    9:15 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    where’s josh harrellson, deandre liggins, Patrick sparks, and Eric Daniels??



  14. Shane from Grayson
    9:16 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Everyon forgets how big of an impact player Erik Daniels was in the 03 and 04 seasons (much more than Chuck, but not as loved). Definitely deserves some consideration. He’s in consideration for this list.



  15. BBN
    9:16 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    It would be ignorant to leave Eric Daniels off this list…



  16. Michael F. Jox
    9:17 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Keith Bogans #2!?



  17. BBNlovesyou
    9:17 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    excuse me where is mr. big shot Patrick Sparks?? hit huge shots for UK against Louisville and Michigan state, and is a Kentucky boy.



  18. PhilUK18
    9:19 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    12.

    Not to nitpick, but Lamb made a Final 4 in his first season, not just an Elite 8. Agreed though that he’s probably the best 3 point shooter we’ve ever had here in Lexington.



  19. Michael F. Jox
    9:19 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, wait, I didn’t even see that you had Rondo ALL THE WAY DOWN at 16!!! We are talking about basketball talent, right? Geez, that’s pretty bad.



  20. royal blue
    9:20 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Why no mention of the Coury Flurry or Michael “I could have played QB for USC” Porter?



  21. Number three
    9:21 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Rondo flat out carried a horrible team to the tournament on his back. He was great at uk and he’s even better now. His stats at uk were ridiculous, and tubby was playing guys like bobby perry and josh carrier huge minutes. Unreal how bad uk fans think rondo was while he was here.



  22. El Pollo Loco
    9:22 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I realize he’s a friend of the site, but Ramel is way too high. Joe Crawford was better than him. I’d probably put Hayes at 10 and move the two guys below him each up a notch. Erik Daniels deserves a mention as well.



  23. On talent and importance
    9:22 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    1. A. Davis
    2. Wall
    3. B. Knight
    4. K. Bogans
    5. MKG
    6. Cousins
    7. Patterson
    8. Meeks
    9. Noel
    10. T. Jones



  24. PhilUK18
    9:25 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    23.

    I think you’ve just about got it there. I would maybe switch MKG and Bogans from your list but that’s about it.



  25. J A Brooks
    9:26 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Meeks has to be higher… People confuse NBA talent or success with college. Just at UK, Meeks was one of the best 2 guard seasons we’ve ever seen.

    He scored 40 points 2 or 3 times that year and was one of the top scorers in the nation.



  26. Indiana Cat
    9:26 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    No way does Randolph Morris belong on that list. What a complete waste of talent!



  27. KY Girl
    9:35 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    From a talent perspective, Rondo is top 5. #13 and #17 – this is not a popularity contest. Patrick Sparks was horrendous.



  28. Honestly
    9:36 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Doron Lamb is way too low. Should be in top 10. He was a key part to that title team and run.



  29. Big Blue Bert
    9:38 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Love Chuck Hayes, but he is nowhere near the 8th best player at UK during the period. You said it was based on talent alone and gave Chuck points for heart. If it’s based on heart, he’s 1 or 2 (MKG), but on talent, no way. Everybody has an opinion, but for my money, Bledsoe runs circles around Bogans.



  30. Cliff....
    9:38 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cliff Hawkins absolutely should be on this list……

    The two “what if he had come back” guys are Jodie Meeks and Kelenna Azubuike



  31. asdf
    9:39 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Davis
    Wall
    Kid-Gilcrist
    Bogans
    Cousins
    Meeks
    Patterson
    Jones
    Knight
    Hayes

    First man out: Bledsoe



  32. JoshBgd
    9:40 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I would Def. have LIGGINS ahead of GOODWIN any day he could lock down any player in the country Archie couldn’t even keep his EGO in check muchless lock down anybody other than that good list IMO



  33. Kev
    9:40 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Azubuike



  34. tom
    9:41 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I would also consider Calipari’s group last year as having a down season. Comparable to Gillispie’s. Not making the NCAA Tourney and losing in the first round to Robert Morris constitutes an awful year in my book.



  35. tom
    9:43 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    …and Ramel at #15. C’mon be real.



  36. Al/in/Indy
    9:44 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    32
    My sentiments exactly, Liggins locked his man down, while Archie’s man (depending on his attitude game time) would have his way with him.



  37. Rockfield, KY
    9:46 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I think having talent and being and athlete do not necessarily equate to being a good player. I don’t know if many people had more talent than a Joe Crawford or Randolph Morris. It just doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be a stud.



  38. SWhite
    9:46 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    List looks fine outside of Randolph Morris. He was a sorry waste of talent that never believed in the Blue. Very selfish player!



  39. Truth b told
    9:47 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    You all forgot about Eloy!



  40. SHAWN KEMP
    9:48 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Davis, Wall, Nerlens, cousins, knight. those are the most talented players in the last 10 years. all 5 will be NBA all stars at some point. damn weve been spoiled rotten



  41. Rockfield, KY
    9:48 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    from the post:

    “I ranked my best 10 players, based on talent alone, and then gave a Bonus 10 below that.”

    Then there was this:
    “8. Chuck Hayes: Nowhere near one of the Top 10 players in talent in the last 10 years”

    This is why you suck



  42. b
    9:50 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    1.Davis 2.Gilly 3.Cousins 4.Bogans 5.Wall 6.Knight 7.Pat 8.Miller 9.Lamb 10.Bledsoe



  43. Valv
    9:51 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Goodwin??? Goodwin?? Definitely Teague over Goodwin.



  44. jcatron
    9:51 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    If it is based on just talent alone…

    1. Cousins
    2. Wall
    3. Davis
    4. Rondo
    5. Patterson
    6. Noel
    7. Hayes
    8. Bogans
    9. MKG
    10.Knight
    11.Bledsoe
    12.Meeks
    13.Jones
    14.Azubuike
    15.Lamb
    16.Fitch
    17.Crawford
    18.Daniels
    19.Miller
    20.Morris

    Honorable Mention: Teague, Bradley, Harrelson, Liggins, Estill, Hawkins, Sparks, Goodwin, Orton, Poythress,



  45. Rockfield, KY
    9:51 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    26. the point is that Randolph had talent. It about the most TALENTED players. Not the best careers or most heart. Randolph had everything a ball player could want, minus effort. I think he should be top 10.



  46. Rockfield, KY
    9:54 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    On talent alone, regardless of how they played at UK.

    1. Cousins
    2. Davis
    3. Wall
    4. Bogans
    5. Morris
    6. Knight
    7. Crawford
    8. MKG
    9. Azubuike
    10. Jones



  47. Are you people serious?
    9:55 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Rajon Rondo is unquestionably the most talented player to play at UK in the last 10 years. At worst, he is #2 behind Davis, but he is one of the best, if not the best, point guards in the NBA?!? Brandon Knight? I love him, but he can’t hold Rondo’s socks (much less his jock – which is infinitely more important).



  48. JT
    9:56 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Where’s Polson?!!!??



  49. jcatron
    9:56 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Now lets do football!



  50. Y***tzee
    9:57 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    sparks. the great white hope.



  51. Bilbo
    9:58 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Are you guys idiots? Talent alone is what we are basing this on right? Rondo by far is number one….it’s not even close.top three point guard in the league.
    Rondo Davis cousins wall bledsoe
    Knight mkg Patterson bogans noel



  52. Daniel
    9:59 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    same top 19 but put Liggins over Goodwin



  53. Jatt Mones
    9:59 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Griffin? Really? He doesn’t belong in the top 50.



  54. JT
    10:00 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    @51- I think its more of their time at UK, and not based off how they did in the league. Otherwise, Rondo would be at the top. I’d still say Knight had a better career at UK than Rondo.



  55. Bilbo
    10:04 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    54 yeah knight did for sure…but the post said talent alone



  56. MustangCat
    10:05 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    If this is based on who “the best” players were, i consider that overall. Offense, defense, and intangibles (heart, brains, talent, speed, killer instinct…). My list is consensus #1- Davis. #2- Wall. #3- Cousins. #4- MKG. #5 Meeks. #6- Rondo. #7- Patterson. #8- Knight. #9- Teague. #10- Bledsoe. #11- Bogans. #12- Hayes #13- Noel. #14- Jones. #15- Lamb. #16- Fitch. #17- Crawford. #18- Miller. #19- Sparks. #20- Azubuike. With a special shout-out to Jorts for the best play individually over those last 10 years when he saved that ball off of Ohio St.s Sullinger!! THAT play was the #1 play in my book. AND, Jorts pretty much single handedly beat UL!!!



  57. Heart
    10:08 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    This is my top 10 overall favorite Cats since the 02-03 season. Combining how they played with how much I just liked them as a Cat. It’s harder to get on this list only staying 1 year, but 2 guys made it.

    1)Patterson
    2)Meeks
    3)Bogans
    4)Hawkins
    5)MKG
    6)Hayes
    7)Miller
    8)Azubuike
    9)Davis
    10)Fitch



  58. MustangCat
    10:12 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe we should list the best “moments”?If we listed the worst calls ever, UL doesn’t win a title this past year, after Van Treese tried to decapitate that kid from Wichita St! Then they assess a foul on the kid from Wichita st by virtue of film revue?! A call that wasn’t made in the game?! Didn’t think they were allowed to use instant replay to call a foul?!?! That one in my opinion is the worst call i can remember maybe ever! And it pretty much decided that game. Van Treese should have been ejected, and the kid should have been shooting 4 free throws, and they should have had the ball.



  59. MustangCat
    10:14 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino paid good money for his title last year.



  60. JT
    10:15 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    55- I think its more their talent level while at UK if that makes sense. Rondo didn’t really blow up until he was at the Celtics.



  61. New game....
    10:21 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s name our top 10 UK players from the Pitino years through today using 57’s guidelines….

    Mashburn would be #1 in my book…..



  62. Serious Argument?
    10:24 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    And I quote:

    ” You could make a serious argument that Davis had the best individual season in UK history”.

    Argument? There is no argument to be made that he DIDN’T have the best individual season of any college basketball player in history regardless of grade or school. National player of the year, Defensive player of the year, freshman of the year, tournament MOP, 1 pick in the draft AND A GOLD MEDAL WITHOUT PLAYING A SINGLE GAME IN THE NBA.



  63. Caftan14
    10:28 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Take archie out at number 20, put deandre liggins in their. Liggins played his heart out and hustled for us, what did archie ever do beside run over people trying to score.



  64. A
    10:29 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Erik Daniels over Archie and Morris



  65. Ryan
    10:29 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Azubuike needs to be higher!!



  66. Fanthon
    10:33 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Got to have Crawford. You had to see something in Goodwin I have him about 25



  67. HackRichards
    10:33 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Randolph Morris – Hahahahaha Hardy Har Har Belly laugh. Rest of the list is OK



  68. lexslamman
    10:34 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Rondo not in the top 5 of any of these lists is insane



  69. Ukfan2011
    10:34 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Amazing you went out of your way to say “talent alone”, then ranked Chuck Hayes 8th and Rondo doesn’t make top 10. Your description of Hayes? “Did more with what he had than anyone on this list.”. Um, you were basing it on talent alone, then back handedly admit Hayes didn’t have a ton. Is the joke on us?



  70. Jared
    10:39 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Did I miss something or has Tayshaun Prince been completely overlooked? Archie Goodwin > Tayshaun? Not a chance. http://youtu.be/9EGMtbucFD0



  71. Tim
    10:40 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    You guys are idiots to put Meeks That high. It says based on talent alone. Think if Sime of these players would have stayed till their junior year



  72. Mr. T's Mohawk
    10:44 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cousins played in the ’09-’10 season.



  73. Shaun
    10:49 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    1.Wall
    2.Rondo
    3.Meeks
    4.Bogans
    5.Patterson
    6.Knight
    7.Cousins
    8.Bledsoe
    9.MKG
    10.Davis



  74. CatsFanFrankfort
    10:50 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    BTI: “I ranked my best 10 players, based on talent alone, and then gave a Bonus 10 below that. Again, this is not ranking players on their UK careers but just on their talent alone.”

    And then the very first thing you write is that AD won the NPoY and list his accolades and awards…while he is the most talented, you obviously broke your own guidelines with the first 3 words you wrote! If this were based on TALENT alone, then Rondo and Bledsoe would have been higher than Chuck Hayes (who I love, dont get me wrong) but you say ‘did more with the skills he had than anybody’. Which implies he had less skill. And then you mention that Jodie Meeks should be No. 10 based on the Tennessee game alone. So tell me how your list is ranking these players NOT based on their UK careers!

    And I dont mean for this to be a rant (but it sure sounds like one), because this is an interesting topic; just dont make break your own set of rules for the list right off the bat! Its just laughable.



  75. wildcats
    10:55 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #74. This entire list is ranking the players based on their UK careers! The reasons for the rankings that you include are all things like …’he one of the best 10 UK seasons in history…’ etc. Silly BTI



  76. eddie vedder
    11:04 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Rondo not in the top 2 is a joke. He is THE most talented point guard to ever play at UK. Period. This site is guilty of revisionist history when it comes to Rondo, and I think its because of his enigmatic attitude.



  77. Michael F. Jox
    11:05 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    This list is about as bad as the people that get on here and say stuff like, “Randolph Morris should be top 10 if it’s talent alone”. Are you really even serious? When did you even see the dude display that talent? He sure as hell didn’t show any here, or in the league. Maybe you guys spent a lot of time watching him play high school ball or aau ball or something? lol yeah, right.



  78. the Big Dog
    11:18 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I know that we are not supposed to like Rondo because he doesn’t get along with his teammates. But No. 16? That’s crazy to think that Gerald Fitch has more talent than an NBA all-star (the same could be said for almost every other player on this list).



  79. Wildcat
    11:34 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    If this is “ranking uk players solely on talent and not their uk careers” then you would be remiss to leave Rondo outside of the top 5, and just insulting him by placing him outside of the top 10! The man is arguably the best point guard in the NBA and leads the league in assists and triple doubles year in ad year out, yet Jodie Meeks, Eric Bledsoe, and Doron Lamb are ranked higher? If you are going to list then by their uk careers this list would be more accurate, but that is the opposite of what this list is supposed to be.



  80. Musehobo
    11:35 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, what? “I ranked my best 10 players, based on talent alone” If this was true, considering Rondo is one of the best point guards in the NBA, he would have to be in the top ten. You can’t consider “based on talent alone” with just their time at UK. Stats? Yes. Accolades? Yes. Talent? What does that even mean? If your going to use stats to support your argument, then call it the best “statistical” players of the last 10 years.



  81. Cliff Hawkins
    11:39 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Fitch should be in the top 10, and would be if I didn’t throw a lazy, last-second pass during the UAB game.



  82. JackB
    12:06 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    This is based on “talent alone” and not “UK careers?” Ok, then the list is very different. Talent: 1. A Davis; 2. Wall; 3. Rondo; 3. Cousins; 4. Bogans; 5. Noel; 6. T. Jones; 7. MKG; 8. R. Morris; 9. B. Knight; 10. Bledsoe.

    The next list consists of Bradley and Crawford, both of whom had/have talent and NBA builds.

    Personally, I think most lists are about UK careers. Ask yourself, when these guys were at UK, who looked like NBA talent with NBA skills. Morris was definitely in that group though he his issues always seemed to be head and motor. I think the list in the post looks more like a UK career list rather than a talent list.



  83. Marc
    12:07 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    There are too many people to argue in this one. Archie is in no way on this list for me though. and I wouldn’t put Morris, but that’s just because I didn’t like him.



  84. JackB
    12:14 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Morris drove me crazy at UK but I am going to defend him on this list. Morris has/had loads of talent. He also showed it at UK lots of times. What he failed to show was a consistent motor and effort. His issue was desire/head/motor – not talent. He had everything a good NBA center has – scoring moves, great hands, a soft touch on his shot. His skills were better than Nazr his junior year. If he had Nazr’s motor, he would be in the NBA instead of scoring 30 ppg in China (last I heard).

    Morris reminds me of our current Alex. If Alex turns the motor on, he becomes a Mashburn type in the NBA. If he doesn’t, he will be a Morris – floating in the NBA a few years waiting for that talent to mature, then making money and playing abroad.



  85. Forget about me?
    12:33 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    You have to have Patrick Sparks on that list. Goodwin…. Morris…. no way they’re better players for UK than Sparks was.



  86. She's A Caawp!
    12:36 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll echo the sentiments of those before me…you said “talent alone” and in that case I disagree with you. I won’t say you’re wrong, because this is opinioin based and you can’t be wrong in an opinion post but here is my list of 10 based on “talent alone” and you can ponder it if you please.

    1) John Wall – you wouldn’t think of it because his NBA career has had a slow start due to injury and an AWFUL supporting cast, but Wall, from a talent standpoint is in my opinion the best by a very narrow margin. He could do anything he wanted on the floor and if not for a mediocre jumpshot would be unguardable.

    2) Demarcus Cousins – It seems unreasonable that the two most talented players in the last 10 years were unable to win it all together, but that’s the sad case here. Boogie can shoot the midrange shot, dominate in the post, rebound, block shots, honestly the one flaw in his game was his unwillingness to pass out of the post, if he had better vision I’d have his at #1 on this list and it wouldnt be close.

    3) Anthony Davis – Someone on here had AD at 10…NO. There’s a reason he won all those awards, talent. what keeps him from #1, in my opinion, is what his game lacks. He was a GREAT shot blocker and overall defender, but on offense he looked like a guy who was a guard who hit a sudden growth spurt and became a center (yes, I’m aware that’s what happened). Davis had a very versitile set of skills for a guy his size, but was only average to good at most all of them. In time, AD’s game will match his stature and that will be scary.

    4) Rajon Rondo – Vision, defense, ball handling, penetration, these were Rondo’s strong suites and he was/is GREAT at all of them. Many people say Tubby misused Rondo at UK and though I like Tub I’d have to agree with that. Rondo’s missing link, the inablilty to shoot the ball from anywhere outside the paint, if it’s not a layup, dunk, or floater you’d beg him to take the shot…

    Those first four are all seperated by a very small margin and honestly all of them have a case for #1 if you ask me, the next 6 I’m just going to list instead of adding a description

    5) Patrick Patterson
    6) Brandon Knight
    7) Keith Bogans
    8) Eric Bledsoe
    9) Gerald Fitch
    10) Jodie Meeks



  87. BTI stil sucks
    1:04 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    BTI has written another dumb article. He states that this list is based solely on talent and then when listing Bogans, says he only used his senior year to assess that he is second. Did Bogans suddenly gain more “talent” his senior year? Obviously, from this and other recent articles it is apparent that Bogans is his favorite player, which is fine but BTI loses credibility when he isn’t consistent in his argument.



  88. Brad
    1:29 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin should be no where near that list.



  89. Raoulduke
    4:44 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Not trying to be mean at all, but he has to have the weakest posts. Hope to see better stuff. This list is ridiculous.



  90. Hazard catfan
    5:36 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Joe Crawford should be in the top 20 before R. Bradley or R. Morris and you could make a case for Rajon Rondo in the top 10!!!!



  91. Jdn1016
    6:44 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    You have ZERO knowledge of basketball and this ranking proves it. Are you 12?



  92. Okolona max
    10:47 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    1. Davis
    2. Davis
    3. Davis
    4. Davis
    5. Davis
    6. Davis
    7. Davis
    8. Davis
    9. Davis
    10. Davis



  93. Bart Edwards
    12:35 pm June 20, 2013 Permalink

    1. Rondo
    2. Cousins
    3. Davis
    Bogans is a joke where you have him, as well as Bradley, and with Wall the hype never mathed the numbers.
    Lamb and Bledsoe are both grossly underrated by most.



  94. Mr Right
    8:29 pm June 20, 2013 Permalink

    Can you imagine if Meeks came back and was on that wall team? All we needed was 3 point shooting and he was the man for the job