With the 2018-2019 NBA season well underway, there are more than 20 former Kentucky Wildcats seeing the hardwood every single night. With so many having spectacular seasons, here is our latest version of the NBA Wildcat Power Rankings.
Last Week’s Top-10
1. Anthony Davis
2. Karl-Anthony Town
3. De’Aaron Fox
4. Devin Booker
5. Jamal Murray
6. John Wall
7. Julius Randle
8. Eric Bledsoe
9. Enes Kanter
10. Willie Cauley-Stein
This Week’s Top-10
1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Last-10: 29.6 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 4.8 APG, 2.2 BPG
Davis remains at the top of this list for the third consecutive week. His dominance to start his sixth NBA season has arguably been better than ever before. While his team is hovering around .500 and currently out of the playoff hunt, Davis’s production hasn’t swayed.
As one of the best players in all of basketball, expect Davis to hold true to or at least near the top spot in our rankings.
2. Karl-Anthony towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Last-10: 23.3 PPG, 14.5 RPG
Following Jimmy Butler’s departure from Minnesota, Towns took full control of his team. The Timberwolves are currently riding a 4-0 win streak of which the big man has been the focal point of.
His production/value isn’t quite on Davis’s level, but Towns remains as one of the Association’s most elite players.
3. John Wall, Washington Wizards
Last-10: 21.7 PPG, 8.3 APG
Wall and his Wizards have been highly criticized throughout the season for majorly underachieving to begin the year. However, the capital’s team has made their way back to the winning track (winning three of their last five) and Wall has certainly led the way.
The team has a long way to go before they’re ready to assert themselves back into the playoff race, but winning games is the best way to start. Wall’s talent has always been top-tier and with his focus on the success of the team, he earns a top-3 spot in our rankings.
4. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Last-10: 22.9 PPG, 7.5 APG
Booker’s place in these rankings comes nearly by default as he’s one of the best shooting guards in the entire NBA, let alone among former Wildcats. However, his seed comes outside of the top-3 due to the lack of his team’s success & a less-efficient start to the year, statistically.
The Suns seem to have a need at nearly every position, with Booker their only true home-run over the last decade. They have the young star locked up for the foreseeable future, so the time to be aggressive may be sooner than later.
5. Julius Randle, New Orleans Pelicans
Last-10: 18.3 PPG, 10.2 RPG
Though Randle is averaging nearly a double-double on the season, he’s met that mark over his last ten. The former Wildcat has been the steal of the offseason, pairing beautifully with Davis in the Pelicans’ front court.
Simply doing his job, Randle has been extremely efficient with minimal touches. As he becomes even more comfortable in the offense, expect his numbers to climb even higher.
6. De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
Last-10: 16.3 PPG, 7.4 APG
While Fox’s Kings have fallen out of the current playoff picture, they remain only a half game back of the eight seed. Fox’s play has taken a slight dip over the past week, but he’s on pace to be the most impressive “sophomore” this season.
With offensive talent that is vastly improving around Fox, along with Fox’s own abilities on the rise, exciting things should be ahead for Sacramento.
7. Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
Last-10: 16.3 PPG, 5.4 APG, 4.1 RPG
Murray’s contributions have become more efficient by the season. After busting onto the scene a year ago as a sophomore, he’s consistently backed that up with his play this year. Though he’s slipped a few spots in the rankings, Murray and his team are far from doing so in the Western Conference.
As the current three-seed, and consistently floating in the top-4 throughout the first quarter of the season, a bright season seems to be blossoming in the Mile High.
8. Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks
Last-10: 16.2 PPG, 5.6 APG, 4.8 RPG
Bledsoe and Murray could arguably be flipped on this list, but Murray’s production seems to be a bit “louder” than Bledsoe’s. However, Bledsoe does stand as the starting point guard for the league’s top-scoring offense at 121 PPG.
After a few down seasons in Phoenix, Bledsoe has found a comfortable fit in Milwaukee.
9. Enes Kanter, New York Knicks
Last-10: 15.2 PPG, 11.6 RPG
Kanter’s double-double production has been consistent throughout the season. Unfortunately, he’s stuck playing in Madison Square Garden and not for a playoff-caliber club.
However, Kanter is pulling in nearly $20 million this season and if his play continues to be at such a high-quality level, he could be in for a raise next summer.
10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Los Angeles Clippers
Last-10: 13.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG
Finally... the debut of one of the best rookies this season. As the second Wildcat to be picked from this past summer, SGA has played exceptionally well for the Clippers. In fact, his team currently holds the top-seed in the Western Conference playoff picture.
As he becomes more accustomed to the NBA game, expect to find Gilgeous-Alexander on this list much more often.
Leave your top-10 rankings below and check back next week for the fourth release of our NBA Cat Power Rankings.