For most of the season, there has been a serious nerdfight going on across twitter and the internet and it focuses on our dearly departed Kentucky Wildcat’s starting lineup. The debate: could the Wildcats beat a NBA team, most specifically the woeful Charlotte Bobcats? For most intent and purposes the answer was a solid no, except for a portion of the Kentucky fanbase. There are too many intangibles to debate. The Bobcats, although horrible, do have 13 pro players. The Wildcats have 5-6 and not much of a bench. The pros play a 48 minute game, the Wildcats a 40. Plus as bad as they are, the Bobcats do have the chemistry of a team that has played 62 games thus far and bench players that far outweigh Kentucky’s. So long answer short, No. Kentucky can not defeat a NBA team and it would be a great moral victory if they could get with 15 points.
But let’s break it down. Kentucky has six players departing for the NBA. How could those six players fare against the CURRENT version of the Charlotte Bobcats and their top six players now? Keep in mind that Charlotte has been decimated by injuries and are limping to the end of the season. Let’s put last night’s starting lineup on ice and then let’s give UK’s starting six a year of NBA seasoning to get them acclimated to the game and such. How would Kentucky’s NBA Six fare then?