Kentucky leads nation with 21 NBA players on opening night
The NBA’s opening night is Tuesday, when you’ll be able to watch former Kentucky star Anthony Davis lead the New Orleans Pelicans against reigning MVP Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
Of course, Davis is not the only former Wildcat in the league — he’s simply one of 21 that are playing at the world’s highest level.
That number is best in the nation, with Kansas (19) coming in second. Here’s the full list of former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA:
Eric Bledsoe – Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
Willie Cauley-Stein – Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings
Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans
Archie Goodwin – Phoenix Suns
Aaron Harrison – Charlotte Hornets
Terrence Jones – Houston Rockets
Enes Kanter – Oklahoma City Thunder
Brandon Knight – Phoenix Suns
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Hornets
Trey Lyles – Utah Jazz
Jodie Meeks – Detroit Pistons
Nerlens Noel – Philadelphia 76ers
Patrick Patterson – Toronto Raptors
Tayshaun Prince – Minnesota Timberwolves
Julius Randle – Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo – Sacramento Kings
Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
John Wall – Washington Wizards
James Young – Boston Celtics
Two weeks ago, coach John Calipari said he’d like to eventually see 12 former Kentucky players in a single NBA All-Star Game.
Cousins, Davis, Rondo and Wall have all received that honor, while Bledsoe, Kanter, Knight and Noel are the likeliest remaining candidates to take that big step in 2015-16.