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How much have Cal’s players made in the NBA?

(Photo: John Wall, USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: John Wall, USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: John Wall, USA TODAY Sports)

On this Independence Day, it has been a time to celebrate some of the strengths of our beautiful country. Sure, not everything about America’s great; the media likes to remind to us every day. But when all is said and done, we still live in a place where you can become a millionaire if you’re good at putting a ball through a hoop. That’s something worth celebrating, at least.

John Calipari is the best in the game at turning college basketball players into millionaires. In his six years at Kentucky, he’s put 25 players in the NBA. According to the Courier-Journal, the total worth of their future contracts is around $726 million. Not too shabby. But how much money have his players ALREADY put in their pockets? According to, here are the total cash earnings of each of Kentucky’s NBA players that Cal has coached:

John Wall $37,717,125
Demarcus Cousins: $29,838,286
Enes Kanter: $25,567,009
Anthony Davis: $23,198,010
Eric Bledsoe: $20,104,069
Brandon Knight: $15,880,357
Patrick Patterson: $14,434,196
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: $14,429,520
Nerlens Noel: $6,487,440
Terrence Jones: $4,655,520
Marquis Teague: $3,052,640
Julius Randle: $3,064,800
Archie Goodwin: $2,176,680
James Young: $1,674,480
Darius Miller: $1,662,476
Daniel Orton: $883,370
Deandre Liggins: $381,193
Josh Harrellson: $381,193

Total Earned: $205,588,364

So far, Cal’s Cats have already earned around $206 million — a total greater than the GDP of three different countries. And this isn’t even considering money earned from endorsements and overseas’ play. With the money guaranteed on their upcoming contracts, it’s clear that the total money earned by John Calipari’s players will soon be exceeding $1 billion.

You listening, recruits?

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

13 Comments for How much have Cal’s players made in the NBA?

  1. Kentucky Joe
    10:41 pm July 4, 2015 Permalink

    Caleb you do a great job covering our Cats. You are a lot better than Drew Franklin and almost as good as Wilder Treadway

  2. UK Freshmen
    11:55 pm July 4, 2015 Permalink

    Stop it. Cal did not coach Enes.

    • Katya
      12:02 am July 5, 2015 Permalink

      Stupid comment. Really probably the worst one of today.

  3. Herm
    12:08 am July 5, 2015 Permalink

    This is incorrect. Harrellson played 3 or 4 years.He had to make well over a million. Also where is Lamb?

  4. Statistics shmatistics
    9:01 am July 5, 2015 Permalink

    Great job! Way to sneak in a stats lesson over summer break. It’s hard to find examples of erroneously comparing two different populations, so you created one for us!! The C-J was evaluating “All Calipari” players, while you were evaluating “All UK Calipari” players. So, there is an extra $140M of Memphis money in the C-J population that is not associated with members of your population. While we will certainly get to $1B for the UK Calipari population, we’re still one max contract and a lot of raises away.

    Please read articles before quoting them.

  5. Priceless
    10:50 am July 5, 2015 Permalink

    And yet with all that talent he has coached it to 1 title and almost screwed that up in the 2nd half……priceless

    • Megan
      11:39 am July 5, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, he’s a bum. Four Final Fours in five years and only 1 title so far? It’s embarrassing. If he can’t win a title every two or three years, what good is he?

      Thank you for saying what so many of us are thinking.

    • stopit
      12:07 pm July 5, 2015 Permalink

      Trolls. At least we there to have a chance. Ill take that!!

    • syrin23
      2:42 pm July 5, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly. This program is focused on winning the draft night, and not the NCAA title. This thread celebrates that. Put up another flag in Rupp. We have had high paid talent come through UK and not win but one title, and that required the best player in the NBA to over come Cal stopping playing offense with five minutes left in the game.

    2:05 pm July 5, 2015 Permalink

    Most of these detractors likely have not even been “team member the month” at their local fast food joint, where they undoubtundoubtedly struggle to even be gifted with full-time employment.

    • CATandMONKEY
      2:06 pm July 5, 2015 Permalink


    • syrin23
      2:44 pm July 5, 2015 Permalink

      Hey f’tard, you invalidate yourself by replying to your own thread. Furthermore, you don’t have to have even played at your local Y to see that if we have had this much talent come through UK, we should had more results. Coach K would have had a minimum of 2-3 titles with the same roster Cal had.

  7. Catrulez2012
    3:36 pm July 5, 2015 Permalink

    Doron Lamb was left off the list.