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ESPN Insider: “Kentucky will dominate the NBA more than UCLA ever did”

Bradford Doolittle (what a name) over at ESPN crunched some numbers and determined the UK alums in the NBA will dominate the game more than any one school before them, UCLA included. Doolittle took the win shares of the current Cats in the league and found that their production is not only the best in the game today, they’re among the best of all time, and only growing stronger.

Kentucky’s win share totals the past two NBA seasons rank in the top 11 in league history. Next season projects even higher and will likely surpass UCLA’s record of 71.3 in 1976-77. Doolittle projects an absurd 90.3 from the Wildcats in 2015-16.

“Given that the influx of Kentucky players isn’t likely to stop anytime soon, and so many of the ones already in the NBA are on the upswing, it’s safe to say that the Wildcats have embarked on a domination of the league that might not rival the UCLA dynasty in duration, but it certainly will in quality. This is historical stuff,” he writes.

Read the entire article here on ESPN Insider.

Click here if you don’t understand win shares.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for ESPN Insider: “Kentucky will dominate the NBA more than UCLA ever did”



  1. UK Freshmen
    6:31 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    In other news: the sun is hot and water is wet.



  2. Mike
    7:30 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    I’m more interested in Kentucky dominating the NCAA like UCLA did…



    • somerset bill
      1:07 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      i agree mike. the nba stuff is all icing, really.

      but, i do have a vague memory of an old sports illustrated article around the end of the hall era that used the term paper tigers in referring to all the kentucky wildcats ncaa stars who turned out to be busts in the nba. so to see this happening now is pretty cool, too.



  3. Ant Banks
    8:29 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Thank God for this. 37 pros and only 1 ring. Love Cal but he has had way more talent that the opposition. He should have more than one ring.



    • Question
      9:01 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      1 ring in 6 years vs 1 ring in 14 years.

      Which do you take?



    • Ant Banks
      9:11 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Not sure why you are referring to. If you think I’m a uofl fan then you are a simpleton.



    • Question
      10:17 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      You didn’t answer the question. 😉



    • theWilkman
      2:42 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      It’s a lot harder to win a championship now than it ever was during the UCLA run. Way more talent in general, and a longer tournament run to win it all.

      Cal has 1 in 7 seasons. Coach K has 5 in 35 seasons, or 1/7. Not a bad ratio.



  4. Ant Banks
    9:12 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    What not why



  5. Jim
    10:14 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Mr.Question,who from the State of Ky. has the last championship?4 lottery picks and 3 more to the pros last year and couldn’t make it to the final game.What a coaching job.Wow.



    • Question
      10:18 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Who is 7-1 vs the last championship team?

      What team’s fanbase had to wait 26 years to be able to talk shit? Lol

      1986, people. 1986.



    • Ha!
      10:34 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

      Who’s hanging a Final Four banner for the 7th time more than you? Haha. Better than watching from home!

      What did HOFCRP do the last two years? Hahahahaha!

      #AnyTransfersLately?



  6. Dude
    10:38 pm July 27, 2015 Permalink

    Louisville fans trying to talk smack in basketball is the equivalent to UK football fans talking smack about Ohio State or Alabama. Hell, even Florida State.

    Please, don’t ever stop. It’s adorable. 🙂