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Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA for the 2021-22 season

Anthony Davis leads the way for former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA.

2020 NBA Finals - Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2021-22 NBA season is here, and the Kentucky Wildcats once again lead the nation with 27 players on NBA opening-day rosters (including two-way and inactive players). The next closest is Duke (21), the only other school with more than 20 players.

Of the 27 Wildcats on an opening-day NBA roster, John Calipari has coached 26 of them. With Derrick Rose, a former Calipari player at Memphis, the Hall of Famer has coached 27 players on opening-day rosters this season.

Other notable alumni include Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey, and Miami Heat team president Pat Riley.

Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA