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Kentucky Wildcats Already Out-Played their Draft Position in NBA Summer League

The 2018 NBA Draft is just a little more than a month old, but a few basketball-heads have already reevaluated each team’s selection.

Jonathan Tjarks and Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer compiled a “Way-too-Early Redraft” and a pair of Kentucky Wildcats are at the top of the board.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, selected eleventh overall by the L.A. Clippers, is their No. 3 selection, while Kevin Knox jumped from the ninth to the seventh overall pick.

In four Summer League games, Gigleous-Alexander averaged 19 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game.  Even though Tjarks questioned Gilgeous-Alexander’s “shaky jumper,” the former Kentucky point guard made 46 percent of his shots.

Knox out-performed expectations by scoring 21.3 points through four games to become a top five scorer in the Vegas Summer League.  He added 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Here’s what Tjarks had to say about Knox’s game:

Like SGA, Knox was a revelation in Vegas. John Calipari might end up taking a big L if those two outperform their draft position. The construction of that Kentucky team was a crime against basketball on so many levels. With a healthy KP at the 5, Knox and Frank Ntilikina on the wings, and a free-agent target (Kyrie? Kemba?) at point in 2019, I’m excited about the future of the Knicks for the first time in a long time.

Pundits will take shots at the way each player was used at Kentucky for the wrong reasons, but Tjarks might be onto something about the construction of the 2018 Kentucky basketball team.  The team was filled with excellent penetrators, but the Cats did not have enough shooters to create space for them to drive.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but the future looks bright for Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

[The Ringer]


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Kentucky Wildcats Already Out-Played their Draft Position in NBA Summer League

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    12:54 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Idk about that construction. Sure, they weren’t deep, but they had hami, Knox and (injured) baker. That’s pretty good perimeter shooting right there.

    • jimmer
      1:08 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      Hami? A shooter? Surely you jest! Unless it’s a dunk it’s not going in.

    • Ez21
      3:59 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      That’s exactly what I thought. Hami was good 5 feet and in. Terrible everywhere else.

  2. bwise
    6:02 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Julius mays was as the best player to put on a Kentucky uniform (drew Franklin)

  3. bwise
    6:11 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    We would have never made it to the tournament last year…unless Julius mays was the best Kentucky wildcat ever (Drew franklin)