Pretty much any day during the NBA season, you can find a least a few former Kentucky Wildcats in the headlines.
Anthony Davis, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Karl-Anthony Towns are always in the news, so it almost makes it more fun when the other guys find the limelight. Thursday morning, it was Rajon Rondo and Alex Poythress dominating my twitter feed.
On Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo recorded a career-high 25 assists in just 30 minutes of court time. Not only was this a personal best for Rondo, but it was also a New Orleans Pelicans franchise record and the most in any NBA game since 1996 when Jason Kidd put up 25 dimes.
Check out this video that shows all 25 assists in one minute:
Alex Poythress began the season on a two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers, and has split his time between the Pacers and their G-League affiliate the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He has averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 6 games for the Mad Ants and has appeared in 11 games for the Pacers, although his minutes have been extremely limited.
Last season, Poythress was a G-League All-Star after averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Mad Ants. He finished the 2016-2017 NBA season with the Philadelphia 76ers, but he hopes he has found a permanent home after earning a standard contract with the Pacers that was announced Thursday afternoon.
OFFICIAL: We have signed forward Alex Poythress to a contract. @AlexTheGreat22 has been a two-way player this season, splitting time between us and @TheMadAnts. He will no longer be a two-way player.https://t.co/Qdh0BppqWD— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) December 28, 2017
Adding Poythress to the Pacers roster raises the number of former Wildcats in the NBA to 27, spread across 15 teams. He has followed in the footsteps of Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson, who have paid their dues and paved their way to the league.
Now that Poythress has earned his spot, only one question remains. Who is next?