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Which former Wildcats will be coming away with a ring?

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

A year later and it’s finally here. The NBA finals. It seems like an eternity ago that the season kicked off with the marquee matchup being the Lakers and the Clippers, but how fitting it is that one team stands from the two right?!

For us Kentucky fans though this is going to be one for us all to remember as finally one of the Calipari Era players is going to be crowned an NBA champion. Crazy right?

Lets look at the contenders.

Miami Heat

If you are a basketball fan I find it hard to believe that you don’t enjoy watching the Heat play. The fast pace, three point shooting, and intensity on defense it is just a joy to watch.

One of the lead stars propelling them to this point is former Wildcat Bam Adebayo. If you were saying back in his college days he would become one of the best Point Centers in the league, I don’t think I would have believed you. But he has even showed something to his old coach.

In the NBA Playoffs, he is averaging 18.5 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 4.9 APG, all while shooting an efficient 57.1% from the field. Against the Lakers in his NBA career, he is averaging 11.5 PPG, 4.5 APG and shooting right at 50%.

Now, Tyler Herro is also going to get his shot to make an even bigger name for himself than he already has. In this playoffs he is averaging 16.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.9 APG on 46.3% from the field and 37.8% from behind the arch. Let’s go to Coach Cal once again to see what he thinks of Herro’s performance so far:

They smashed the Pacers, and the Bucks. It was their zone defense that stifled the Celtics. Now they get the top test.

Los Angeles Lakers

Not many thought the Lakers would be able to make it here. They didn’t think they would be able to beat the Clippers in the Conference Finals. Well, thanks to Jamal Murray, the Lakers didn’t have to face that test.

This team is no stranger to being in the spotlight. For Kentucky legend Anthony Davis, this will be the first time in the brightest lights of the NBA season.

It is evident that AD has cemented himself as a top 5 player in this league. Especially after his performance In the WCF.

For the entire playoffs he is averaging 28.8 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.6 APG while shooting 57.1% from the field in these playoffs and looking to build on those numbers even more.

Also featuring Rajon Rondo, who has been tearing it up since the return from his hand injury, BBN has plenty to cheer for in this series.

The Nuggets didn’t really stand a chance in this series like many hoped. It was clearly obvious they were running on fumes by the second half of game 4. It was impressive though how well defensively the Lakers played the high screen and roll. This series the dribble hand-off is going to be the big factor they need to adjust to with shooters like Duncan Robinson and Herro.

Prediction

Both teams come into the series at 12-3 for the playoffs. The Heat are the underdog 5 seed making a improbable run. The Lakers are the heavy favorite featuring the world’s best player in Lebron James.

I’m going to take the team with the most experience in this situation. Lebron and Rondo are just two of the savvy veterans the Lakers have and they have shown it these playoffs they are built for the big moments.

It’s been a great run for the Heat and our beloved Adebayo and Herro, but I see Lebron and AD being way to much for them to handle in the course of this series.

Lakers in 6.