The NBA is certainly a unique subject around the Commonwealth. For one, there’s an NBA caliber arena in Kentucky’s largest city and it seems as though the primary tenant wants nothing more than to keep it for themselves (but that’s an infuriating story that can be re-told another day). Secondly, a high percentage of former Kentucky players leave to fulfill their NBA dreams after a few seasons of amateur ball. While the results at the next level can be mixed, a vast majority of former Wildcats are having excellent years in the world’s premier basketball league. Since it’s difficult to keep up with nineteen active players in four different time-zones, we at KSR thought you’d enjoy seeing all of their statistics in one easy to read place. The below table contains every player’s basic statistics alongside an efficiency metric (calculated by NBA.com) which is similar in nature to ESPN’s Player Efficiency Rating.
–DeAndre Liggins has been recalled from the NBA D-League according to TulsaWorld.com’s Matt Clayton. Liggins, alongside Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III, will rejoin Oklahoma City tonight as they prepare to host the L.A. Lakers. Liggins has played eight games in the D-League this season and 33 for the Thunder (one start).
-It’s common knowledge to most Kentucky fans by now, but Enes Kanter is on an absolute tear. Not only did he set career highs for points and rebounds against Charlotte last Friday (23 & 22), but he followed that up with 18 & 10 against Milwaukee on Monday.
-According to USA Today, there’s some bad blood between John Wall and longtime NBA Agent, David Falk. There had been past tension, but things boiled over Sunday when Wall drained the go-ahead shot against Philadelphia. After the shot, Wall stared into the crowd where Falk was sitting, and naturally, that didn’t sit well with Falk. The entire story and video can be found here.
-Tayshaun Prince has been a model of consistency this season, even after being traded to Memphis. While his numbers have fallen slightly due to his drastically improved teammates, Prince has flourished in his new role. The Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote a lengthy article about how Prince is shining and earning the respect of his peers without commanding the ball.
-Don’t look now, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finally shook his post-concussion scoring slump. In his three most recent games, MKG is averaging 11.6 points while shooting 53% from the field. Additionally, he has pulled down an average of 6.7 rebounds during that span.