2018 NBA Opening Day

Big facts as the 2018-19 NBA season opens:

31 of our former players were on opening-day rosters, 6 more than anyone else
19 teams feature #NBACats
7 teams feature multiple Wildcats
More than 6% of the league is made up of Cats.

And our players aren’t just all over the league, they’re experiencing major success:

UK Coach Calipari players have made nearly $1.9 billion in career NBA contracts
$1.5 billion of that is in Cal’s nine seasons at UK
In 2018-19, UK players are slated to make $190 million
Every year the numbers gets bigger and wilder, but the bottom line remains the same: No school can match the Kentucky men’s basketball team’s ability to develop players and put them in the NBA.

As the 2018-19 NBA season begins Tuesday, a whopping 31 players on NBA opening-day rosters (including two-way, inactive and suspension lists) played and finished their college basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, the nation’s most prolific NBA player-producing program in the country. UK’s 31 players are once again the most of any college basketball program, beating the next-closest school (Duke with 25) by six players.

Wildcats in the NBA

Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
Eric Bledsoe – Milwaukee Bucks
Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
Isaiah Briscoe – Orlando Magic
Willie Cauley-Stein – Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins – Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans
Hamidou Diallo – Oklahoma City Thunder
De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings
Wenyen Gabriel- Sacramento Kings
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Los Angeles Clippers
Andrew Harrison – Memphis Grizzlies
Enes Kanter – New York Knicks
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Hornets
Brandon Knight – Houston Rockets
Kevin Knox – New York Knicks
Skal Labissiere – Sacramento Kings
Trey Lyles – Denver Nuggets
Jodie Meeks – Milwaukee Bucks
Darius Miller – New Orleans Pelicans
Malik Monk – Charlotte Hornets
Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets
Nerlens Noel – Oklahoma City Thunder
Patrick Patterson – Oklahoma City Thunder
Alex Poythress – Atlanta Hawks
Julius Randle – New Orleans Pelicans
Rajon Rondo – Los Angeles Lakers
Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyler Ulis – Chicago Bulls
Jarred Vanderbilt – Denver Nuggets
John Wall – Washington Wizards

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