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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball in the NBA for 2016-17 Season

UK players have a large presence in the NBA, but they also account for a massive amount of $$$.

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Kentucky’s presence in the NBA is as strong as it’s ever been.

Thanks to another influx of Wildcats into the league, UK leads the country with 24 players on an opening-day NBA roster. The new names include Tyler Ulis with the Suns, Skal Labissiere with the Kings, and Jamal Murray with the Nuggets.

UK alum who were not in the NBA last season but are this year include DeAndre Liggins with the Cavaliers and Andrew Harrison with the Grizzlies.

According to UK Athletics and, UK players’ current contracts are valued at over $659 million. Calipari-coached players only (which includes Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans) have nearly $751 million in current contracts.

In the 2016-17 NBA season, former Wildcats are set to make more than $172 million, while Calipari-coached players will make more than $183 million.

And over the course of their careers, Calipari players have generated approximately $1.2 billion in total NBA contracts.

The 2016-17 NBA season opens Tuesday with three games, two of which feature former Calipari-coached players. Derrick Rose and the Knicks will take on DeAndre Liggins and the defending NBA champion Cavaliers at 7:30 pm ET on TNT, followed by Trey Lyles and the Jazz taking on the Trail Blazers at 10 pm ET.

Here is a look at all of the Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA:

Eric BledsoePhoenix Suns

Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns

Willie Cauley-SteinSacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings

Anthony DavisNew Orleans Pelicans

Aaron HarrisonCharlotte Hornets

Andrew HarrisonMemphis Grizzlies

Terrence Jones – New Orleans Pelicans

Enes KanterOklahoma City Thunder

Brandon Knight – Phoenix Suns

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Hornets

Skal Labissiere – Sacramento Kings

DeAndre Liggins – Cleveland Cavaliers

Trey Lyles – Utah Jazz

Jodie Meeks – Orlando Magic

Jamal MurrayDenver Nuggets

Nerlens NoelPhiladelphia 76ers

Patrick PattersonToronto Raptors

Julius RandleLos Angeles Lakers

Rajon RondoChicago Bulls

Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves

Tyler Ulis – Phoenix Suns

John WallWashington Wizards

James YoungBoston Celtics

This number will likely rise to 25 once Archie Goodwin clears waivers after being cut by the Suns.