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Recap of former Wildcats in NBA Wednesday & Thursday

All you need to know about former Cats in the league from Wednesday and Thursday night.

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As always several former Cats were in action on Wednesday and Thursday night. There were also several of them who played incredibly well, particularly on Wednesday night when seven of the ten former Cats in action would score in double figures.


The story in the NBA over the last week or so has been about the retirement of Kobe Bryant at the end of the season. This put the matchup of the Lakers and the Wizards in the spotlight and Cats excel in the spotlight. John Wall had a spectacular game with 34 points, eleven assists, seven rebounds, and two steals. However, Julius Randle would also have a big game totaling 15 points, 19 rebounds, two steals, and an assist in the Lakers' 108-104 win in Kobe's final trip to D.C.

Another matchup of former Cats would pit two teammates from the 2012 National Championship team on opposite sides, Anthony Davis and Terrance Jones. Davis has found his game as of late and is playing better after a slow start to the season by his standards. He poured in a strong 29 point, 13 rebounds, two steals, two block performance in the Pelicans' 108-101 loss to the Rockets. Jones chipped into the Rockets' winning effort with 15 points, four rebounds, and two blocks.

The backcourt of the Phoenix Suns, as we all know, is full of former Kentucky guards. On Wednesday night three of the four would put together excellent performances. Brandon Knight led the trio with 22 points, four assists, and two rebounds. Eric Bledsoe followed closely behind with 21 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and two steals; while Devin Booker added 18 points. Archie Goodwin did not play in the Suns' 127-122 loss to the Pistons.

Nerlens Noel and the 76ers kept from going down in infamy earlier this week by beating the Lakers and not having the worst start to an NBA season ever. They were in action again on Wednesday against the Knicks. Noel would total six points, six rebounds, and two steals in the 76ers' 99-87 loss.

Patrick Patterson had six points and seven rebounds in Toronto's 96-86 win over Atlanta. In my favorite story of the night, Aaron Harrison got his first NBA points in the Hornets' 116-99 loss to the Warriors. Congratulations Aaron!


Thursday was a much slower night for former Cats in the league as only seven were in action. Three of the seven play for the Kings who traveled to Mexico City to play the Boston Celtics. Demarcus Cousins led the trio with 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Mister triple-double as of late, Rajon Rondo, wouldn't hit the mark on Thursday totaling five points, eight assists, and three rebounds. Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein finished with eight points and five rebounds in the 114-97 loss. James Young would see three minutes of action in the game for the Celtics as well.

Enes Kanter had ten points and three rebounds in the Thunders' 97-95 loss to the Heat. Patrick Patterson chipped in three points, four rebounds, and three assists in the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Nuggets. Also Trey Lyles finished with three points and two rebounds in the Jazz' 103-94 loss to the Magic.

Also Kentucky has 21 former players in the NBA and UCLA only has 14. Eat it UCLA.

Go Big Blue!