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Despite missing the playoffs, several former Kentucky Wildcats still had a productive NBA season

How did the former Cats that missed the playoffs perform this season?

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Since the end of the NBA regular season, a lot of updates have been shared about which former Cats are in the playoffs and how they played during the season, but what about the former Cats that missed the postseason?

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets failed to make the playoffs by 7 games and MKG didn’t have the best season of his career, averaging 9.2 points and 4 rebounds a game.

Malik Monk was also with the Hornets and struggled in his rookie year to say the least. Monk transitioned back and forth from the G-League and the NBA all season. But towards the end of the year, Monk started getting into a bit of a groove, reaching double figures eight times in his last nine games. He averaged 6.7 points, 1 rebound, and 1.4 assists a game for the season.

Enes Kanter missed the playoffs with the New York Knicks by 14 games. Kanter had a very productive year, averaging a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, his best season since the 2014-15 season.

Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets narrowly missed the playoffs by 1 game when they lost to the Timberwolves in the last game of the season. Murray had a breakout season, averaging 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and a steal a game.

Trey Lyles was also in Denver and had his most productive season of his short career averaging 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists all three being his highest averages of his pro career.

Julius Randle and the Los Angeles Lakers were 12 games out of the playoffs. Randle had a good season in LA averaging the most points of his career at 16 and also averaged 8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.

Willie Cauley-Stein and the Sacramento Kings were 20 games back, but WCS, like Lyles, had his best season of his career averaging 12.8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.

Skal Labissiere was also with the Kings and had about the same production that we saw in his rookie season. Skal averaged 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists a game.

De’Aaron Fox rookie season did start as well as we thought it would with the Kings, but it turned around as the season progressed. He averaged 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and a steal for his first season.

Nerlens Noel and the Dallas Mavericks were 23 games out, and Noel didn’t have a very good season. He averaged 4.4 points, and 5.6 rebounds in a struggle filled season for him.

Aaron Harrison was also in Dallas at the end of the season when he earned a 10-day contract to have his well-deserved shot. He only played 9 games, but he averaged 6.7 points, and 2.7 rebounds.

Andrew Harrison has found himself in a nice spot with the Memphis Grizzlies even though they were 25 games back. Andrew had his best season averaging 9.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs by 26 games, but Booker has been a star since entering the league and he had his best season yet. He averaged 25 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists a game.

Tyler Ulis was also with the Suns and had a solid season. He averaged 7.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists a game.

Brandon Knight is the third player with the Suns, but unfortunately, missed the 2017-18 season with a torn ACL.

Hopefully, these guys can get into the playoffs with the other former Cats sooner rather than later.