Since John Calipari was hired at Kentucky, he has had a massive number of players enter the NBA and have a ton of success.
With the NBA Playoffs starting Saturday, I thought it would be a good idea to look at the former Cats that will be in the playoffs and how they have done this season.
Anthony Davis will be headed into the playoffs with the Pelicans as a 5 seed and will face the Portland Trail Blazers. Davis has had a monstrous year many who believe it’s an MVP worthy season averaging 28.2 points, 11 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.6 blocks a game.
Rajon Rondo will be taking the floor with Davis averaging 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists per game.
Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins are also part of the Pelicans heavy dose of Kentucky players with Miller averaging 7.8 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists and Liggins 1.8 points per game.
Although he won’t be playing, the Pelicans also have DeMarcus Cousins who missed the rest of the season with an injury. Prior to being injured Boogie averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.6 steals. He would have been a huge help and make you wonder what the Pelicans could’ve been had he not been hurt.
Patrick Patterson, Dakari Johnson and the OKC Thunder will be a 6 seed and face the Utah Jazz. Patterson averaged 4 points and 2.5 rebounds this season and Johnson averaged 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
John Wall and the Washington Wizards will be an 8 seed and face the Toronto Raptors. Wall missed some time this season with an injury, but he averaged 19 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.6 assists, and 1.4 steals this season.
Jodie Meeks will also be joining Wall as an 8 seed with the Wizards. Meeks helped the Wizards by averaging 6.2 points and nearly 2 rebounds a game this season.
I am very excited to watch all these former Kentucky Wildcats in the playoffs and hopefully advance far into the postseason.