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Which former Wildcats will head to Disney World to close out the NBA season?

(NBA | Getty Images)

(NBA | Getty Images)

This afternoon, the NBA’s Board of Governors officially voted to approve the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-2020 season in Orlando, with July 31 being the return-to-play date.

With this finalized plan, 16 teams already in playoff position will be invited to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, along with six other teams in outside contention being brought in to fight for the eighth seed.

Who are the 22 teams invited to close out the season? Nine teams will represent the East, while 13 will represent the West.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Milwaukee Bucks: 53-12, 0 games back
2. Toronto Raptors: 46-18, 6.5 GB
3. Boston Celtics: 43-21, 9.5 GB
4. Miami Heat: 41-24, 12 GB
5. Indiana Pacers: 39-26, 14 GB
6. Philadelphia 76ers: 39-26, 14 GB
7. Brooklyn Nets: 30-24, 22.5 GB
8. Orlando Magic: 30-25, 23 GB
9. Washington Wizards: 24-40, 28.5 GB

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Los Angeles Lakers: 49-14, 0 games back
2. Los Angeles Clippers: 44-20, 5.5 GB
3. Denver Nuggets: 43-22, 7 GB
4. Utah Jazz: 41-23, 8.5 GB
5. OKC Thunder: 40-24, 9.5 GB
6. Houston Rockets: 40-24, 9.5 GB
7. Dallas Mavericks: 40-27, 11 GB
8. Memphis Grizzlies: 32-33, 18 GB
9. Portland Trail Blazers: 29-37, 21.5 GB
10. New Orleans Pelicans: 28-36, 21.5 GB
11. Sacramento Kings: 28-36, 21.5 GB
12. San Antonio Spurs: 27-36, 22 GB
13. Phoenix Suns: 26-39, 24 GB

Of the 22 teams set to fight for a title in Orlando, how many former Kentucky players remain in contention?

Eastern Conference

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Eric Bledsoe

Boston Celtics

  • Enes Kanter

Miami Heat

  • Bam Adebayo
  • Tyler Herro

Washington Wizards

  • John Wall (injured)

Western Conference

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Anthony Davis
  • Rajon Rondo

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Patrick Patterson

Denver Nuggets

  • Jamal Murray

OKC Thunder

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • Nerlens Noel
  • Hamidou Diallo

Dallas Mavericks 

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Wenyen Gabriel

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Darius Miller (injured)

Sacramento Kings

  • De’Aaron Fox

San Antonio Spurs

  • Trey Lyles
  • Keldon Johnson

Phoenix Suns

  • Devin Booker

Depending on the availability of Wall and Miller – both were expected to miss the remainder of the year prior to the four-month break – as many as 20 former Wildcats will find themselves in Orlando to close out the 2019-20 season.

Who are you most excited to see take the floor at the ESPN Wide World of Sports starting next month?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

3 Comments for Which former Wildcats will head to Disney World to close out the NBA season?



  1. plumloopy
    11:22 pm June 4, 2020 Permalink

    Could Cousins return?



  2. Arch Stanton
    7:27 am June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I think you can go ahead and stick a fork in Cousins.



  3. TonyMontana
    9:15 am June 5, 2020 Permalink

    I feel like John Wall is perpetually injured. If he had stayed healthy his whole career and actually been with a contender…. maaan.