2012 NBA Season Preview: Kentucky Wildcat Style

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With the NBA season set to tip-off tonight , UK will be well represented in the league 20 players in the league. Since John Calipari has come to Kentucky, in just a three-year period, 15 Wildcats have been drafted into the NBA. Here is a list of all the current Wildcats and their respective teams:

Position Name NBA Team
G Kelenna Azubuike Free Agent
G Eric Bledsoe Los Angeles Clippers
G Keith Bogans Brooklyn Nets
C DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
C Anthony Davis New Orleans Hornets
C Josh Harrellson Miami Heat
F-C Chuck Hayes Sacramento Kings
F Terrence Jones Houston Rockets
C Enes Kanter Utah Jazz
F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte Bobcats
G Brandon Knight Detroit Pistons
G Doron Lamb Milwaukee Bucks
G-F DeAndre Liggins Oklahoma City Thunder
C Jamaal Magloire Free Agent
G Jodie Meeks Los Angeles Lakers
F Darius Miller New Orleans Hornets
C Nazr Mohammed Chicago Bulls
C Daniel Orton Free Agent
F Patrick Patterson Houston Rockets
F Tayshaun Prince Detroit Pistons
G Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics
G Marquis Teague Chicago Bulls
G John Wall Washington Wizards

 

Courtesy of Ex-Cats, here are how the former Cats did in the preseason.

Player (team) GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG PPG
Eric Bledsoe (Clippers) 8 30.1 .433 .267 .778 4.9 4.1 12.9
Keith Bogans (Nets) 4 10.3 .273 .273 .500 1.5 2.0 2.5
DeMarcus Cousins (Kings) 7 24.0 .467 .143 .839 8.4 1.3 15.9
Anthony Davis (Hornets) 7 32.4 .467 .000 .563 9.9 0.9 14.9
Josh Harrellson (Heat) 6 14.0 .419 .273 .667 3.8 0.3 5.2
Chuck Hayes (Kings) 7 21.4 .542 .000 .000 5.9 1.6 3.7
Terrence Jones (Rockets) 6 24.8 .472 .091 .667 5.0 0.8 10.5
Enes Kanter (Jazz) 8 21.3 .580 .000 .735 9.4 0.8 13.1
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats) 8 20.9 .319 .000 .667 5.0 1.5 5.8
Brandon Knight (Pistons) 8 26.6 .444 .400 .742 4.1 4.4 9.9
Doron Lamb (Bucks) 2 21.5 .579 .000 .500 0.5 1.0 12.0
DeAndre Liggins (Thunder) 5 20.6 .588 .500 .600 4.2 1.4 4.8
Jodie Meeks (Lakers) 8 16.6 .267 .458 .923 1.3 0.9 5.9
Darius Miller (Hornets) 8 15.8 .593 .714 .833 1.0 0.3 5.9
Nazr Mohammed (Bulls) 7 16.3 .465 .000 .667 5.6 0.4 6.6
Patrick Patterson (Rockets) 4 23.8 .512 .250 .625 5.0 2.0 12.5
Tayshaun Prince (Pistons) 7 25.3 .387 .182 .714 3.4 2.3 7.9
Rajon Rondo (Celtics) 8 30.0 .430 .333 .773 4.3 8.3 10.9
Marquis Teague (Bulls) 7 5.6 .182 .000 .000 0.4 0.3 0.6

 

For this part of our preview, we’ll be looking at the veteran Wildcats currently in the NBA.

June 3, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives the ball against Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (40) during the first half in game four of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

As far as the current Wildcats who are playing in the NBA go, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is the best of them all. Not only is he the best former Kentucky Wildcat currently in the NBA, but he has ascended into the upper echelon of the NBA and will likely remain there as long as he stays hungry and motivated to keep proving that he’s the best point guard in professional basketball.

Here are the Boston Celtics franchise records Rondo has already set in just six season:

  • Assists in a single season: 794 in 2009
  • Steals in a single season: 189 in 2009
  • Assists per game in a season: 11.7 in 2011
  • Most assists in a playoff game: 20 in 2011 game against the New York Knicks
  • Currently has most consecutive games with 10+ assists in the regular season at 24 in 2011-12. This streak will still be alive next season.
Career Accomplishments:
  • NBA Champion (2008)
  • 3× NBA All-Star (2010–2012)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2012)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2010–2011)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2009, 2012)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2007)

 

This year, Rondo will lead an aging but talented Celtics team look to claim the franchise’s 18th championship, the most by any NBA team. He’s also looking to join the likes of Lou Tsioropoulos and Frank Ramsey as the only former Wildcats to win multiple NBA championships.

 

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