The college basketball season is nearing the halfway point of conference play and we’re finally starting to separate the elite teams from the pretenders. While a handful are flourishing and others are fading, some are harder to judge. Kentucky just so happens to be one of those teams in the later category. While the roster is undoubtedly filled with talent, this group hasn’t been able to put together a multiple game stretch of dominant performances over quality teams. It’s frustrating at times being a fan, but history suggests the end result could be very different as many players under John Calipari have drastically changed as the season progressed. Many of the players who progressed now find themselves in the world’s premier basketball league. Currently, there are 17 former Wildcats active in the Association, many of whom are having stand-out seasons. It’s difficult to keep up with all the former Kentucky greats, so we here at KSR thought it would be convenient if all their numbers happened to be in the same place. The below chart contains all basic player data, alongside and efficiency metric created by NBA.com which is similar to Player Efficiency Rating.
Now for some notes:
A change in scenery may have been exactly what Tayshaun Prince needed. In his first game with the Memphis Grizzlies, Prince dropped 14 points on 7-11 shooting from the field. Not only did he score his highest point total since January 22nd, but he also acquired his third highest in-game field goal percentage of the season, shooting 63.6%.
It has been somewhat quiet on the Eric Bledsoe front recently due to the Clippers’ late January/early February struggles, but don’t let that lack of noise fool you. Bledsoe has scored at least ten points in his last 7 games, including Sunday’s 23 point effort against the Celtics.
Nazr Mohammed is in his 14th NBA season, but judging from the numbers, it may be his last. On the season, he’s averaging less than 1 point per game and is only managing to shoot 20% from the field. Mohammed has played for 8 teams during his NBA tenure.
Because of a collision suffered in Saturday’s game against the Houtson Rockets, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist will likely miss Charlotte’s next two games. While concussed, his X-Rays and CAT scan came back negative.