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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Poythress’ Dent in the Record Books

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Barring something extreme happening the rest of this season, Alex Poythress’ career at Kentucky is going to be a wild variety of opinions.  On the one hand, he has been a part of 2 Final Four teams (although injured for one) and we’ll see what this team ends up doing.  He has been a popular figure for fans, never in trouble, the kind of player that many love because of his effort.  He has some of the best highlights of anybody the last 4 years.  On the other hand, he is the only Calipari 5-star player (out of 27 total) who will have stayed for 4 years.  He’s been in and out of the starting lineup these last 3 years.  He’s scored under 10 points in nearly 75% of his career games.  Many will point to him on why Kentucky is great some nights and bad others, depending on how Alex plays.

How he finishes the year and how the team finishes will probably define his legacy.  But what is interesting for Alex is despite his inconsistencies in the box score, he has and can make quite a mark in the UK record books.  What Alex has that many players don’t is VERSATILITY.  He can score in bunches, rebound great at times, and has the athleticism to block shots.  That is a combination not a ton of guys have had at UK.  Take a look at Alex’s current career statistics in those categories:

Points: 806
Rebounds: 524
Blocks: 66

UK has played 16 games this season and I think it is reasonable to expect them to play at least 20 more.  That would get them 5 postseason games combined with the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.  I think that should be a minimum.  If UK does play 20 more games, Alex would need to have the following averages to reach 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, and 75 blocks:

PPG: 9.7
RPG: 3.8
BPG: 0.5

I certainly think we should expect Alex to reach those numbers easily for the rest of the season.  The points will likely be the longest shot but if Alex can’t average 9.7 points per game then this team could be in trouble.  Now, what does this all mean?  Well, if Alex does reach those milestones above, he actually will join a pretty select company in UK lore.  Take a look:

1,000 Points
66 players

1,000 Points + 600 Rebounds (24 players)
Dan Issel, Kenny Walker, Goose Givens, Jamal Mashburn, Tayshaun Prince, Cotton Nash, Patrick Patterson, Melvin Turpin, Cliff Hagan, Pay Riley, Johnny Cox, Winston Bennett, Rick Robey, Mike Phillips, Mike Pratt, Frank Ramsey, Jim Andrews, Sam Bowie, Scott Padgett, Tom Parker, Chuck Hayes, Terrence Jones, Jamaal Magloire, Bob Burrow

1,000 Points + 600 Rebounds + 75 Blocks (8 players)
Walker, Prince, Patterson, Turpin, Bowie, Hayes, Jones, Magloire

Part of this is due to the fact that blocks were not an official stat until the 1980’s but even still, there are not many guys who have shown the ability to accomplish what Alex might be able to do.  I am not sure that I will ever call Poythress’ career here, at least individually, a success.  He did have a season derailed by injury but I’m not sure he was on the verge of becoming an All-SEC player anyway.  But, you can’t deny that Alex hasn’t been a total bust either.  He’s been consistently decent and when you are consistently decent for 4 years, you get the stats that he has.

Here is to hoping Alex finishes strong these last 20 or so games and firmly plants himself into UK lore.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Poythress’ Dent in the Record Books



  1. bosshogg24
    8:24 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Did anyone see Alex on the floor last night, biggest disappointment in years!



  2. lmdxn
    8:34 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Alex will end his career as the fans favorite underachieving player of all time.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:46 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Poythress is one of my favorite guys on the team, but his inconsistency is maddening at times. His lack of a consistent motor is going to literally cost him millions of dollars. In that way he reminds me of another former Cat from decades past: Richard “Master Blaster” Madison.



  3. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:50 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Alex is great, I think he could have been a huge factor on last year’s team. However, he is so inconsistent. He will never be the superstar I thought he could be his freshman year. He is the player I have hated to love the most in the Calipari era.



  4. somerset bill
    10:34 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    ironic that even this article about his accomplishments is really just another article about his potential to be this or that.

    the danger of sticking it out with him was illustrated this week. he gets to be a hole middle of kentucky’s game for two or three games now because of his alabama game. luckily we had enough great play last night from others to allow him the luxury of watching the game from the court. if ulis has the sway he is purported to have with the team, he needs to bench alex. give him 8th man status. when a 7th or 8th man gets hot they get to stay in the game. when they are just placeholding a spot they come out as soon as the starter is ready to go back in.



  5. Bluebloodtoo
    11:24 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    C’mon P! Cash that lottery ticket (pun intended) and show people what you are capable of every night! Beast mode!