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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Where do the 7 NBA Guys Rank on All-Time UK Position List?

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

 

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

You might remember last summer I did a comprehensive breakdown of the best players at every position at UK since the first national title in 1948.  It was developed on a mixture of both the actual career and the talent of the player.  Meaning Anthony Davis was ranked 4th all-time at centers despite likely being the most talented player in UK history.  But his talent also helped him leap into the Top 4 despite just 1 year.  So just where do the 7 guys headed to the NBA Draft land though?  I’ve updated the list with those 7 guys and have not adjusted any of the other players.  So is both WCS and Towns better than Nerlens Noel?  Andrew Harrison better than Anthony Epps?  Take a look at my rankings and tell me what you think.

(You can look at the entire list from last summer by clicking on the link on the positions)

CENTERS
1. Dan Issel (67-70): 2 time All-American, 2,138 points, 1,078 rebounds
2. Alex Groza (44-45, 46-49): 3 time All-American, 1,744 points
3. Cotton Nash (61-64): 3 time All-American, 1,770 points, 962 rebounds
4. Anthony Davis (11-12): 1 time All-American, 567 points, 415 rebounds, 186 blocks
5. Cliff Hagen (50-52, 53-54): 2 time All-American, 1,475 points, 1,035 rebounds
6. Melvin Turpin (80-84): 2 time All-American, 1,509 points, 730 rebounds
7. Rick Robey (74-78): 2 time All-American, 1,395 points, 838 rebounds
8. Bill Spivey (49-52): 2 time All-American, 1,213 points
9. Sam Bowie (79-81, 83-84): 1 time All-American, 1,285 points, 843 rebounds
10. Demarcus Cousins (09-10): 1 time All-American, 575 points, 375 rebounds
11. Karl Anthony-Towns (14-15): 1 time All-American, 401 points, 261 rebounds
12. Bob Burrow (54-56): 2 time All-American, 1,023 points, 823 rebounds
13. Willie Cauley-Stein (12-15): 1 time All-American, 843 points, 655 rebounds
14. Mike Phillips (74-78): 3 time All-SEC, 1,367 points, 755 rebounds
15. Nerlens Noel (12-13): 1 time All-SEC, 251 points, 227 rebounds
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22. Bob Guyette (72-75): 758 points, 541 rebounds
23. Don Mills (57-60): 1 time All-SEC, 664 points, 669 rebounds
24. Dakari Johnson (13-15): 450 points, 334 rebounds
25. Mark Pope (93-96): 546 points, 458 rebounds
26. Andre Riddick (91-95): 625 points, 460 rebounds

FORWARDS
1. Jack Givens (74-78): 3 time All-American, 2,038 points, 793 rebounds, 270 assists
2. Kenny Walker (82-86): 2 time All-American, 2,080 points, 942 rebounds
3. Jamal Mashburn (90-93): 2 time All-American, 1,843 points, 760 rebounds
4. Kevin Grevey (72-75): 2 time All-American, 1,801 points, 547 rebounds
5. Wah Wah Jones (45-49): 3 time All-American, 1,151 points
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18. Scott Padgett (94-95, 96-99): 2 time All-SEC, 1,252 points, 651 rebounds
19. Antoine Walker (94-96): 1 time All-SEC, 806 points, 450 rebounds
20. Trey Lyles (14-15): 313 points, 188 rebounds
21. Darius Miller (08-12): 1,248 points, 487 rebounds
22. James Lee (74-78): 1 time All-SEC, 996 points, 589 rebounds

GUARDS
1. Ralph Beard (45-49): 3 time All-American, 1,517 points
2. Louie Dampier (64-67): 2 time All-American, 1,575 points, 409 rebounds, 134 assists
3. Kyle Macy (77-80):  3 time All-American, 1,411 points, 243 rebounds, 470 assists
4. Frank Ramsey (50-52, 53-54): 3 time All-American, 1,344 points
5. Tony Delk (92-96): 1 time All-American, 1,890 points, 470 rebounds, 210 assists, 283 3-pointers
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17. Rajon Rondo (04-06): 1 time All-SEC, 654 points, 306 rebounds, 285 assists, 156 steals
18. Devin Booker (14-15): 1 time All-SEC, 381 points, 58 3-pointers
19. Doron Lamb (10-12): 1 time All-SEC, 1,018 points, 144 3-pointers
20. Gerald Fitch (00-04): 1 time All-SEC, 1,391 points, 528 rebounds, 199 3-pointers
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24. Jeff Sheppard (93-98): Final Four MOP, 1,091 points, 320 rebounds, 288 assists
25. Andrew Harrison (13-15): 798 points, 298 assists
26. Anthony Epps (93-97): 1 time All-SEC, 881 points, 544 assists, 155 3-pointers
27. Eric Bledsoe (09-10): 419 points, 106 assists
28. Aaron Harrison (13-15): 979 points, 121 3-pointers
26. Ken Rollins (42-43, 46-48): 2 time All-SEC, 684 points
27. Ramel Bradley (04-08): 1 time All-SEC, 1,326 points, 177 3-pointers, 316 assists
28. Derrick Miller (86-90): 1 time All-SEC, 1,156 points, 191 3-pointers
29. Joe Crawford (04-08): 1 time All-SEC, 1,438 points, 186 3-pointers
30. Travis Ford (91-94): 951 points, 428 assists, 190 3-pointers

Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Where do the 7 NBA Guys Rank on All-Time UK Position List?



  1. CatsFanFrankfort
    9:34 am May 22, 2015 Permalink

    Disagree with Booker being ranked over Lamb. (Not really sure what your criteria are, here). Lamb made 2 Final Fours and was the leading scorer on a National Championship team. He also leads UK in career 3-pt FG%. He didn’t get many individual accolades, being overshadowed by Davis and MKG, but Lamb should definitely ranked higher than Booker (much respect to Booker, though. If he’d come back and helped us win a championship and shot 48%, he and Lamb would be nearly identical in their careers. The argument could be made then, since Booker would have had a larger impact than did Lamb as a freshman, but unfortunately all we can do is dream of the vision of sophomore Devin Booker sinking 3’s for UK)



    • cracka
      11:40 am May 22, 2015 Permalink

      i really think booker is too high … i wouldn’t even rank him above travis ford … i love booker, but he had 12 games this year where he scored 6 or less … he wasn’t asked to do much, but you can’t count that against the others on the list that we needed to do more and they delivered



  2. 8andcounting
    11:21 am May 22, 2015 Permalink

    Typical BTI. Incomprehensible ranking system (really? Sam Bowie at #9?), ridiculous logic, bad grammar, etc. Why does this guy still write for KSR? Why does he even write in general? Has he ever published anything that deserved more than a three-pointer into the trash can? I’ve had farts with better composition than BTI’s pieces, and heard crack addicts make more sense. This post in particular isn’t even the worst of it; I’ve simply read enough of BTI’s sloppy, illogical, uninformed prose, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Do yourself a favor, Matt: get rid of this festering boil who calls himself a writer before he does any more damage to both his own credibility and that of KSR.



  3. davidpat
    11:53 am May 22, 2015 Permalink

    Huh? Go figure? How did you get there from here? What



  4. chase
    2:09 pm May 22, 2015 Permalink

    Trey lyles over Darius Miller?!?