As you’ve probably heard already, “Jorts” signed with the Miami Heat today. This is not a surprise, as many expected this to happen. Here’s a current lists of the former Wildcats signed on NBA teams.
Rajon Rondo- Boston Celtics
DeMarcus Cousins- Sacramento Kings
John Wall- Washington Wizards
Anthony Davis- New Orleans Hornets
Eric Bledsoe- Los Angeles Clippers
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- Charlotte Bobcats
Tayshaun Prince- Detroit Pistons
Brandon Knight- Detroit Pistons
Chuck Hayes- Sacramento Kings
Enes Kanter- Utah Jazz
Patrick Patterson- Houston Rockets
Jodie Meeks- Los Angeles Lakers
Nazr Mohammed- Chicago Bulls
Terrence Jones- Houston Rockets
Kelenna Azubuike- Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquis Teague- Chicago Bulls
Doron Lamb- Milwaukee Bucks
Josh Harrellson- Miami Heat
Darius Miller- New Orleans Hornets
Daniel Orton- Oklahoma City Thunder
DeAndre Liggins- Oklahoma City Thunder
There are currently 21 former Wildcats that are on a NBA roster. Those are about the same as last season (not including the rookies). Jamal Magloire is one of the Wildcats left off of that list, and has yet to make a NBA roster.
A few new signings and switch-ups have happened as well. DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton will both join together as teammates for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nazr Mohammad will also part ways with the Thunder, and head to Chicago to team up with Marquis Teague and the Bulls.
Former Cat, Kelenna Azubuike will head to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers, after he parted ways with the Dallas Mavericks.
Even though the Cats will be stacked with six new faces heading to the NBA, there are still veterans that will make way to their new teams. You should know what to expect by every player by now, but as of now, Rajon Rondo is probably the best former Wildcat in the NBA. Anthony Davis may have something to say about that, after his Olympic experience, but it seems that Rondo has the lead for now.
At this point it looks unlikely that Jamal Magloire will make an NBA roster, but time will tell. Don’t be surprised if he heads to the D-League or hangs it up all together.
The NBA is starting to become Wildcat city, as we continue to produce more and more talent every year. And don’t expect that trend to end. We’ll continue to see the NBA continue to get flooded with more and more talent who wore the Kentucky blue.