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.