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How Close Are we to an All-Kentucky NBA?

With two Cats measuring up today at the NBA combine we could be two more players closer to a Cat on every NBA roster. Currently there are 21 players on 17 NBA teams and if you need a refresher on the teams here you go:

Eric Bledsoe – Suns

Keith Bogans – Celtics

DeMarcus Cousins – Kings

Anthony Davis – Pelicans

Archie Goodwin – Suns

Josh Harrellson – Pistons

Chuck Hayes – Raptors

Terrence Jones – Rockets

Enes Kanter – Jazz

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Bobcats/Hornets

Brandon Knight – Bucks

Doron Lamb – Magic

Jodie Meeks – Lakers

Darius Miller – Pelicans

Nazr Mohammed – Bulls

Nerlens Noel – Sixers

Patrick Patterson – Raptors

Tayshaun Prince – Grizzlies

Rajon Rondo- Celtics

Marquis Teague – Nets

John Wall – Wizards

Currently the teams without a Cat on the roster are the Blazers, Warriors, Clippers, Nuggets, Thunder, Spurs, Mavericks, Heat, Hawks, Cavs, Pacers, Timberwolves, and Knicks. Of the Cats currently in the league Jodie Meeks and Nazr Mohammed could be on their way to a new team as unrestricted free agents. Nazr recently tweeted that he hopes to play a couple more years and Jodie just had his best NBA season so I’d say the duo is likely to find a roster.

Currently Julius Randle is projected to go 4th or 5th to the Celtics or Lakers. James Young is projected to go anywhere from 11-15 with teams ranging from Minnesota, Denver, and Atlanta. That would put the Cats on 18 or 19 different teams and leave just 11 teams without a former Kentucky player. With 6 or 7 guys likely to go pro in 2015 we could see an former Cat on every team by next summer.

Considering before Cal’s arrival we only had Nazr, Bogans, Rondo, Azubuike, Prince, and Meeks that statement is pretty remarkable. UK is going to be synonymous with NBA success for years to come and that will likely pay dividends for years to come. Which roster do you hope to see add a Cat in the next couple of years?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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10 Comments for How Close Are we to an All-Kentucky NBA?

  1. greg
    10:32 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink


  2. GoCats2
    10:44 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    Please dont forget Hayes. He is not listed in your before Cal group. The fact that he is still in the league playing as 6’6 center is one of the most remarkable stories for any Cat. He will always be in my top 5 Cats list even though people easily forget about how great he was.

    • Luther
      7:15 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Yes! Next time, please be more thorough!! Chuck Hayes established himself in the league way before Cal rolled in…

  3. jrod
    11:18 pm May 16, 2014 Permalink

    I’m hoping for Boston (Randle, probably). Could have two Cats in the starting five of a contender, if Randle turns out well and the C’s land somebody big in free agency.

  4. Cat up High
    12:50 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Nuggets. I need a reason to go to the games. I hate the NBA. Can we start an All-UK Alumni Professional league?

  5. Color Me Blue
    4:00 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Personally the roster i would most like to see a Cat land on, is the Hall of Fame. It’s undoubtable that many will land in the NBA on various rosters, and eventually land on some contending teams. Not being an NBA fan I think the HoF would be the best place to see a former Cat, not to mention the lasting affects it would have on the program.

    • There are some
      7:56 am May 17, 2014 Permalink

      former Cats already in the HOF: Dan Issel, Cliff Hagan as players. Pat Riley as a coach

    • Haha
      12:14 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      @therearesome “color me blue” doesn’t want old guys in the HOF. He wants John Wall, DCuz, and Davis to be inducted before any of them make a finals appearance. That way instead of future HOFer we can say “There goes Wall, he was inducted into the HOF as a 5th year player. We really hope we made the right choice.”

  6. Basic (and sarcastic) Math
    12:17 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    So right now we put about 4 players a year in the league. There are 450 players in the NBA, so if Cal stays coaching we should have nothing but former UK players in about 113 years. Which is of course ridiculous because we all know Nazr, Prince, Bogans, and Hayes will retire by then so we’ll call it 114 years.

  7. Geography
    2:47 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    When you update the map after the draft, may want to move the Bobcats logo to Charlotte. It’s on the opposite side of the state (and of course change to Hornets)