Yesterday, John Calipari broke the Big Blue internet when he released a video of himself working out and talking about staying at Kentucky for another 20 years. In the past, Calipari has hinted at retiring at Kentucky, but watching him sweat and bob on the elliptical while fantasizing about how many draft picks, championships, and All-Stars he would accumulate over the next twenty years is the most concrete statement we’ve had yet.
“I gotta get my body right. Can I coach to my mid-70’s? Maybe. And what would that mean if I’m at Kentucky for another 20 [years]? What would that mean? Championships, draft picks, #1, lotteries. No doubt, I would have 12 guys in the NBA All-Star game. No doubt. What about wins? So, let’s see if I can get in that type of shape so when I’m 75 I’m still doing this stuff.”
So, what would happen if Calipari stayed at Kentucky another 20 years, until 2036? I’m glad you asked…
ðŸ† 2-3 more NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
So far, Calipari has one national championship at Kentucky, and if you do the math, that would mean he’ll get 2-3 more titles over the next twenty years. Considering the number of near misses in past years, this number could be MUCH higher.
3-4 National Championships TOTAL during Cal’s career at Kentucky, bringing Kentucky’s total to 10-11
Calipari has been to 4 Final Fours over the past seven seasons for a 0.57 per year average. Using that average, Kentucky is on pace to go to 11-12 more Final Fours over the next 20 years.
15-16 Final Fours TOTAL during Cal’s career at Kentucky, bringing Kentucky’s total to 28-29
ðŸ€ 620 more WINS
Calipari has amassed 217 wins at Kentucky so far, which averages out to 31 per season. Using that average, he’ll get 620 more wins at Kentucky over the next 20 years.
837 wins TOTAL during Cal’s career at Kentucky, bringing Kentucky’s total to 2,827 and Calipari’s career total to 1,282
During the Calipari era, 25 players have been drafted, a sterling average of 4.17 per year. Using that average, 83-84 more Kentucky players will be drafted in the next 20 years.
108-109 draft picks TOTAL during Cal’s career at Kentucky, bringing the total number of players drafted in Calipari’s career to 117-118 and the total in Kentucky basketball history to 201-201.
ðŸ’°ðŸ’° 43-44 more LOTTERY PICKS
During the Calipari era, 13 players have been drafted in the lottery, an average of 2.17 per year. Using that average, 43-44 more Kentucky players will be lottery picks in the next 20 years.
56-57 lottery picks TOTAL during Calipari’s career at Kentucky, bringing the total number of lottery picks in Calipari’s career to 60-61.
â˜ï¸10 more #1 DRAFT PICKS
Three Kentucky players have been drafted first during the Calipari era (John Wall, Anthony Davis, Karl Towns). At this rate, Calipari will have ten more #1 draft picks over the next 20 years.
13 #1 draft picks TOTAL during Calipari’s career at Kentucky, bringing the total number in his career and Kentucky basketball history to 14.
Last year, three Kentucky players were named NBA All-Stars: John Wall, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins. At that rate (which, given the talent UK has produced in the past seven years, is very conservative), at least 10 more players will be named NBA All-Stars. AT LEAST.
13 NBA All-Stars TOTAL during Calipari’s career at Kentucky, which eclipses his goal of 12.
Now, get in shape so this can happen, coach.