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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Could Wall, Cousins, or Davis has the Greatest UK Pro Career?

I saw an article here on KSR yesterday about Nazr Mohammed.  And I am not sure if UK fans appreciate just the kind of professional career Mohammed had, especially considering how he arrived in Lexington.  After doing a little research, I am nearly certain that Mohammed has had the longest pro career of any UK alumnus.  But just how good has his career been compared to other UK greats?  Below I have listed my Top 10 UK Pro Careers.  I comprised this list with individual accomplishments given the most weight but team accolades included as well.  When reading through my list, consider a couple questions:

-Do you agree with my rankings or where would you make changes
-Does Anthony Davis, John Wall, or Demarcus Cousins have a chance to break into the Top 3 or dethrone Issel

1. Dan Issel (1970-85)
-27,482 points, 11,133 rebounds
-13 Playoff Appearances (1 title ABA)
-7-time All State (6 ABA, 1 NBA)
-3-time ABA Points Leader
-Basketball Hall of Famer

2. Louie Dampier (1967-79)
-15,279 points, 4,687 assists
-12 Playoff Appearances (1 title ABA)
-7-time All-Star (all ABA)
-Basketball Hall of Famer

3. Frank Ramsey (1954-64)
-8,378 points, 1,134 assists
-9 Playoff Appearances (7 titles)
-Basketball Hall of Famer

4. Rajon Rondo (2006-15)
-6,209 points, 4,775 assists, 1,044 steals
-6 Playoff Appearances (1 title)
-4-time All-Star
-2-time NBA Assists Leader
-1-time NBA Steals Leader
-1-time All-NBA (3rd team)

5. Antoine Walker (1996-2008)
-15,647 points, 6,891 rebounds, 1,386 three pointers
-6 playoff appearances (1 title)
-3-time All-Star

6. Jamal Mashburn (1993-2004)
-11,644 points, 3,271 rebounds
-7 Playoff Appearances
-1-time All-Star
-1-time All NBA (3rd time)

7. Tayshaun Prince (2002-15)
-11,051 points, 4,185 rebounds, 487 blocks
-9 Playoff Appearances (1 title)
-4-time All NBA Defensive Team (2nd team each time)

8. Anthony Davis (2012-15)
-3,917 points, 1,891 rebounds, 501 blocks
-1 Playoff Appearance
-2-time All-Star
-2-time NBA Blocks Leader
-1-time All-NBA (1st team)

9. John Wall (2010-15)
-6,083 points, 2,990 assists
-2 Playoff Appearances
-2-time All-Star
-1-time NBA Assist Leader

10. Demarcus Cousins (2010-15)
-6,618 points, 3,726 rebounds, 392 blocks
-0 Playoff Appearances
-1-time All-Star

JUST MISSED THE CUT
Kevin Grevey (1975-85)

-7,364 points, 1,594 rebounds
-8 Playoff Appearances (1 title)

Rex Chapman (1988-2000)
-9,731 points, 805 three pointers
-4 Playoff Appearances

Derek Anderson (1997-2008)
-7,357 points, 1,988 rebounds
-5 playoff appearances (1 title)

Nazr Mohammed (1998-2015)
-5,819 points, 4,704 rebounds
-11 Playoff Appearances (1 title)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Could Wall, Cousins, or Davis has the Greatest UK Pro Career?



  1. CATandMONKEY
    9:12 am June 3, 2015 Permalink

    Davis.
    Game, set, match.



    • satcheluk
      12:30 pm June 3, 2015 Permalink

      If he keeps it up for several more years.



  2. ClutchCargo
    9:17 am June 3, 2015 Permalink

    Issel deserves his spot at the top for now. A.D. is an amazing player, but he has to do it over the long run to be considered the greatest UK pro.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:35 am June 3, 2015 Permalink

      Obviously Davis would have to perform over the long run but the question was asked : Who could?

      Davis has the greatest collection of talent, freakish physicality and “winning attitude” ever embodied in a single player at UK. That is not to diminish any of the accomplishments of our past greats. They shall remain great for valid reasons. Davis is simply a once-in-generation player who truly “has it all”.

      Ok, cliché screed complete.



  3. Catsby80
    10:03 am June 3, 2015 Permalink

    Davis definitely can overtake Issel (not to say he will – but he might)… I will be interested to see how Karl does over the long haul… I definitely think KAT can get in the mix for top 5 all time ex UK players…



  4. JLP
    11:18 am June 3, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not trying to be grammar police as I make many mistakes too (glass house thingie), but glaring:

    “Could Wall, Cousins, or Davis has the Greatest UK Pro Career?”” HAVE

    “Does Anthony Davis, John Wall, or Demarcus Cousins have a chance to break into the Top 3 or dethrone Issel” DO

    Back to the subject: the injury bug is always an unknown factor, especially with bigs. I would expect AD to be number one if he stays healthy. KAT could challenge him but he is all potential at this point. I certainly see Cousins and Wall in top 10. Knight and Bledsoe deserve some consideration. We might even be talking about Skal and Briscoe one day. Some great players never get their recognition simply because they play for bad teams who never make the playoffs.



    • Al B. Frank
      11:33 am June 3, 2015 Permalink

      Since you brought it up, don’t forget he lists Dan Issel as “7-time All State (6 ABA, 1 NBA).”

      Would that be “All-Star?”



    • nybrasky
      1:53 pm June 3, 2015 Permalink

      Gotta love that it’s nearly 5 hours later and the glaring grammatical mistake in the headline, of all places, is still up. Keep on sucking, BTI, you’re great at it.