It’s no secret that there is a Kentucky Wildcat or two in the NBA right now. It’s also no secret that our man John Calipari has had a lot to do with that. Coach Cal has preached a player’s first message since arriving in Lexington and has followed through with that by sending players to the NBA when they were ready to go, not when the fans were ready to let them go.
It has been great to see Kentucky involved with so many young people that are achieving their dreams and changing the lives of their families. As shown by the number of players who returned last weekend for the Alumni game, Kentucky was not merely a stepping stone to the NBA for them. The University and the state of Kentucky mean something to them.
On August 17th, the @NBAonESPN twitter account began rolling out their rankings of the top 500 players in the NBA. Thus far, they have released numbers 54-500. As you can guess, there were quite a few former UK greats included in that list. You, the fans, can interact on twitter under the hash tag “#NBARank.”
See if you agree or disagree with the 104 “experts” polled. They were ranked on “the current quality of each player.”
#55 John Wall- Washington Wizards
#62 Anthony Davis- New Orleans Hornets
#122 Eric Bledsoe- Los Angeles Clippers
#128 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- Charlotte Bobcats
#144 Tayshaun Prince- Detroit Pistons
#177 Brandon Knight- Detroit Pistons
#178 Chuck Hayes- Sacramento Kings
#205 Enes Kanter- Utah Jazz
#231 Patrick Patterson- Houston Rockets
#248 Jodie Meeks- Los Angeles Lakers
#302 Nazr Mohammed- Chicago Bulls
#311 Terrence Jones- Houston Rockets
#345 Kelenna Azubuike- Cleveland Cavaliers
#356 Marquis Teague- Chicago Bulls
#387 Doron Lamb- Milwaukee Bucks
#403 Josh Harrellson- Miami Heat
#425 Darius Miller- New Orleans Hornets
#426 Daniel Orton- Oklahoma City Thunder
#465 DeAndre Liggins- Oklahoma City Thunder
In the top 50 will be the likes of Demarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. Where do you expect to see each of them ranked?