Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: Ex Cats among League Leaders

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Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

It was a slow night for the NBA Cats last night so I thought I would take a look at some NBA stats to see how some of our former players are faring compared to the best players in the league.  Quite a few of the Calipari Cats are starting to make an impact in the league.  A few of the older Cats are still playing well and are represented as well.

SCORING

No Cats are in the Top 10 in the current ESPN stats, but a couple of old favorites are knocking on the door.

  • 15 – DeMarcus Cousins, SAC – 21.5 ppg
  • 18 – Anthony Davis, NO – 21.0 ppg

That is impressive and all, but when you look at the scoring numbers for the amount of time the players are actually on the court, it is even more impressive.  Boogie Cousins takes a huge jump when you look at the scoring per 48 minutes.  Cousins trails just Kevin Durant and LeBron James in this category.

  • 3 – DeMarcus Cousins, SAC – 34.7 pp48
  • 19.  Anthony Davis, NO – 28.4 pp48
Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

REBOUNDING

While Cousins has the clear edge over Davis in scoring, Anthony Davis is already among the league’s top rebounders and is tied with Blake Griffin.  Enes Kanter also makes an appearance in this stat ranking.

  • 6 – Anthony Davis, NO – 10.8 rpg
  • 12.  DeMarcus Cousins, SAC, 9.9 rpg
  • 36.  Enes Kanter, UTAH , 7.5 rpg

Translating these numbers into 48 minutes however, Cousins again takes the lead.

  • 12.  DeMarcus Cousins, SAC – 16.0 rp48
  • 23.  Anthony Davis, NO – 14.6 rp48

 

BLOCKS

It speaks volumes as to the maturation of Anthony Davis that he is second in the league in blocks, behind Roy Hibbert (4.36).

  • 2.  Anthony Davis, NO – 4.09 bpg
  • 21.  DeMarcus Cousins, SAC – 1.36 bpg

As we have done with the other key stats, it gets pretty interesting when you look at blocks per 48 minutes.  A couple of unexpected Wildcats join the rankings.

  • 2.  Anthony Davis, NO – 5.52 bp48
  • 8.  Nazr Mohammed, CHI – 3.35 bp48
  • 31.  DeMarcus Cousins, SAC – 2.20 bp48
  • 40.  Archie Goodwin, PHX – 1.97 bp48
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