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LA Times: Kentucky is the biggest contributor to NBA through past 10 years


Zach Helfand at the LA Times crunched some numbers regarding NBA output from each college today and reached a shocking conclusion: Kentucky’s got a lot of pros.

Sure. We know this. But it’s nice to remind ourselves from time to time. Here’s what Helfand discovered:

Throw an elbow in the NBA, and you’re most likely to hit a Wildcat. Kentucky sent 23 players to the NBA, five more than the closest team. The top teams were all traditional basketball powers. UCLA and Kansas, producing 18 NBA players each, tied for second, followed by Duke (17), North Carolina (15) and Syracuse (14).

Kentucky has also produced the most All-stars in the past decade (four), which is one more than its second place counterpart UCLA.

Clearly, these numbers are only going to go up. The author didn’t even include the six players drafted this season, and I have a feeling we’ll see a few more enter the league next year.

It really is incredible to see what Cal’s created in his six years here. Looking forward, you’ve gotta wonder what crazy achievement will happen with all of these pros. Will we see a UK player on every team? Can we possibly put double digits in the All-Star game? It’ll be fun to find out.

Article written by Caleb Epley

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

8 Comments for LA Times: Kentucky is the biggest contributor to NBA through past 10 years

  1. question.mark
    6:22 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Did not realize Bogans was still in the league. But I would say our number goes up only slightly after this year. Guys like Prince, Nzar, Hayes are going to retire soon. Hayes might make a roster

      9:44 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Bogans isn’t in the league, and nether are about 1/3 of the people pictured above (Jorts, Lamb, Teague, Hayes, Liggins, Orton, and Miller are also out of the league; I hear Nazr won’t be retained by the Bulls this year, either).

  2. Tay tay
    6:31 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    With one title to show for it.

  3. Taylor
    6:36 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    We should as if any of these ball geniuses can coach football. To be fair, a lot of nba cats came from a high school whose football team could be in correct alignment. Go cats! Last yeArs football team wouldn’t have beat eastern! We’re getting better! Stoops troops!

    • Taylor
      6:37 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink


    • Do what
      7:01 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Your spelling is the least of my concerns. What the hell are you talking about? Nba, football or our joke of a football team?

  4. Jam
    7:06 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    This years football time barely beat eastern Kentucky. Bout sums it up. Forever mediocre at best.