The NBA’s Orlando Bubble project was a Kentucky Basketball marketing masterpiece, and the only time John Calipari lifted a finger was to tweet out congratulations.
We’ve already beaten this horse to death, but a new statistic is bringing the poor bastard back to life one more time; Former Kentucky players scored more points during the 2020 NBA Playoffs than any school has during a single postseason in league history–and it wasn’t close at all. Bam Adebayo, Eric Bledsoe, Anthony Davis, Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyler Herro, Enes Kanter, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jamal Murray, Nerlens Noel, Patrick Patterson, and Rajon Rondo (13 players) combined to score a grand total of 2,249 postseason points. The second-highest total? North Carolina, back in 1993 with just 1,593–656 fewer than Kentucky in 2020.
What’s crazy to me is North Carolina in 1993 had the second most all-time with 1,593 points with unbelievable players like Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Kenny Smith and our guys passed that before the finals! Crazy! pic.twitter.com/cZ4Va2tfTg
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 13, 2020
As you might have guessed, those 2,249 points embarrassed the next-highest program inside the Bubble; Marquette’s 791 points were only good enough for second on the list (Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, and Wesley Matthews). Coming in third was Duke with 682, followed by Michigan (507), Texas A&M (491; shoutout to Alex Caruso), Kansas (441), Arizona State (430), and Indiana (414). And because I was interested myself, I decided to figure out just exactly where those Wildcat points came from. As you likely expected, Davis was in first with Murray not far behind. If Davis were classified as his own University, only Kentucky, Marquette, and Duke alums score more playoff points than him.
Here’s a full breakdown, via NBA.com.
I miss the Bubble already…