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The Top UK Players in the NBA, Week 6

It’s been a big week for former Cats around the NBA. Nerlens Noel and the Sixers picked up their first two wins of the season. Tayshaun turned back the clock for a 20 point game against San Antonio. Still, those guys weren’t able to crack this week’s top five. Who was? Let’s find out:

5. Rajon Rondo

Rondo’s 9th year in the league has got to tough on the lone leftover of the Big 4 era Celtics. The Celts are 7-12 with a young roster that looks to Rondo to set them up with easy baskets. To that extent Rondo has shined with a NBA leading  10.8 assists per game, including a triple double this past Sunday against the Wizards. Rondo’s third triple double of the season.  But his scoring output is at his lowest mark since his rookie year and last night he was benched in the fourth quarter as Marcus Smart led a Celtics comeback. Every game seems to indicate Rondo could be on a new team by the end of the season.

4. Patrick Patterson

Who had the Raptors leading the east a quarter of the way through the season? Anyone? Just Drake. Gotcha. Patterson had himself an extremely productive week with a season high 19 points last night against the Nuggets. P-Pat was 5-7 from beyond the arc while also playing a season high 39 minutes. One year ago Patrick was dealt to Toronto and since then he’s found a home among the feisty Raptors. A team that will continue to be a factor as they vie for the top spot in the East, watch them back in action tonight against King James and the Cavs.

3. John Wall

Who doesn’t love John Wall? Last night the Wizards held off the Celtics in double-overtime and Wall got emotional when dedicating the game to Miyah Telemaque-Nelson. Hard not to root for someone who is able to stay so humble and outward focused even when he’s accomplishing such amazing feats on the court. That’s why Wall is one of the most beloved Cats of all time.

2. Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe posted his first triple double of his career last night with an output of  27 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds in an overtime loss to the Clippers. Since last Tuesday, Bled has averaged 24 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. That seems worthy of the big bucks they’re paying him to me. Phoenix has quietly climbed into the 8th seed in the West and could continue their ascent tonight with a win over Miami.

1. Anthony Davis

Can anyone unseat AD from the top spot? Not looking very likely 1/4 of the way through this season. Last week commenter KYSZN pointed out Davis is on pace to set the single season player efficiency rating held by Wilt Chamberlin at 31.82. Ant is at 33.28 right now. The Pelicans may do well to break .500 this season but with Anthony on the roster their future looks extremely bright. New Orleans and Ant are currently hosting the Knicks.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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4 Comments for The Top UK Players in the NBA, Week 6

  1. jrdh13
    9:58 pm December 9, 2014 Permalink

    I had no clue Eric was averaging those numbers if it wasn’t for an mvp guy like Anthony shinning so hard, Bledsoe would be getting the same recognition nationally because imo has underrated outside of the bbn

  2. jonthes
    12:19 am December 10, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t know how the Celtics put up with Rondo this long. My least favorite UK player ever, the true reason for Tubby’s demise. I think his teammates at UK feel the same way.

  3. EdC
    7:04 am December 10, 2014 Permalink

    I felt exactly the opposite about Rondo and if he was the reason for Tubby’s demise it makes me like him more. Tubby always insisted on using Rondo like he was Saul. Saul wasn’t even recruited by any Division I school and then Daddy not only gave him one of the most prized scholarships in basketball but made him the starting point guard, not recruiting obviously more talented players year after year. When Rondo came along Tubby made him play exactly the same way as his untalented son … dribble around the perimeter until the clock is spent then throw it inside to Morris. Rondo and UK deserved much better.

  4. ukjaybrat
    8:44 am December 10, 2014 Permalink

    If Davis ever ends up on a perennial playoff team I will become a bandwagon fan quicker than you can say “Brow Down for MVP”