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4.7% of NBA players went to Kentucky


The NBA season tips off tonight and 21 Kentucky players are on opening-day rosters, the most from any program in the country. To put it into even more impressive perspective, the fine folks at UK Athletics crunched the numbers and discovered that of the 446 players in the league, approximately 4.7% played college basketball at Kentucky. That means John Calipari is halfway to his goal of having former Wildcats account for 10% of players in the NBA.

Some other awesome NBA-related stats from UK:

  • 4 Cats play for the Phoenix Suns (Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin and Brandon Knight)
  • 3 Cats play for the Sacramento Kings (Willie Cauley-Stein, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo)
  • 2 Cats play for the Charlotte Hornets (Aaron Harrison, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (Tayshaun Prince, Karl-Anthony Towns)
  • 13: The number of years Tayshaun Prince has been in the NBA, the most of any Kentucky player currently in the league
  • 19 of the Kentucky players in the league were first-round picks
  • 13 went in the lottery
  • 6 in the top five
  • 3 at #1
  • 25: The number of Kentucky players drafted in the past six years under Calipari
  • $680 million: The value of Kentucky players’ current guaranteed contracts
  • $780 million: The value of Calipari-coached players’ current guaranteed contracts
  • $1.25 billion: The value of Calipari-coached players’ contracts over the course of their careers


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 Comments for 4.716f NBA players went to Kentucky

  1. The Original WTF Guy
    1:40 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Good thing those guys from UK athletics crunched those numbers to determine 4.7% of the players in the NBA played at UK since I would have *never* have been able to figure that out only knowing that UK has 21 players out of 446. Wait? What? You mean if I know that there are 21 UK players out of 446 I can figure that 4.7% out myself? That is *crazy*!!!

    Hey, Tyler, I kid. I know you didn’t have a good Mercer County education like I did. 🙂

  2. Radmankd
    1:52 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Wow! All that talent and we have one title and two blown opportunities at a title. Hey, a great NBA farm club.
    That’s what my initial reaction was to the headline.
    However, we’ve been on a heckuva roll, and our guys have represented themselves and the university very well.
    Still……..we could have 10!
    Go Big Blue!

    • Ha!
      1:55 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      It could be worse – we could be Louisville. 😉

    • J-Dub421
      5:35 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      You’re overlooking the 4 final four trips, runner-up, and elite eight. The NCAA tournament is a crap shoot. No one can guarantee titles, but we are in the hunt pretty much every year and that’s all you can ask for.

  3. Not sure
    2:32 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    how can the total kentucky players contracts be less then only the Cal coached players?

  4. Thanks
    3:02 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    I forgot about them. Makes sense now.

  5. Jordan
    3:07 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t forget about players like Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas Roberts, and I’m sure a few others

  6. bbcowboy
    3:15 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Where is Andrew Harrison?

    4:15 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    The irony, Andrew Harrison gets drafted and cut. Aaron doesn’t get drafted and makes the team and gets a 2 year deal!

    • J-Dub421
      5:31 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Andrew was not cut. Atlanta has retained his contract but doesn’t currently have a roster spot for him, which is why they sent him to their D-League team.

  8. Jim.
    4:49 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Mister Ha, do you have any idea who from the state of Ky. won the last title?Like the other poster said,”all that talent and only one title”. Makes you want to puke,doesn’t it?

    • J-Dub421
      5:36 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Your U of L team had 10 players drafted by the NFL and you couldn’t even make the playoff or win your bowl game.

    • Ha!
      9:06 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      “We won it first. Hahahahahlololololol!!” – John Calipari. Nice try, though.

      But congrats, Jim. It only took you 26 years to finally get another one. You better thank your lucky stars UK was down that year, although you only squeaked by by 3 at home.

      And no, it doesn’t make me wanna puke – hookers provided to underage recruits by the coaching staff makes everyone in the country want to puke. 😉