There were 27 former Kentucky players on NBA rosters to start the 2017-18 season. SEC Country catches you up twice a week on how former Wildcats are faring. This edition covers games played from Tuesday to Thursday. Here are the highlights:
John Wall: Washington Wizards
John Wall had things working Wednesday night with 31 points and 11 assists. He was 0 of 5 from behind the arc, but still shot an efficient 13 of 26 from the field. Wall’s 31 points were a season high, and his 11 assists were his most since Nov. 7. Despite the effort, Wall’s Wizards fell to the Charlotte Hornets 129-124 in overtime. Washington is 10-8.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 23, 2017
Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Darius Miller: New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans “Wildcats” Pelicans had another strong night Wednesday. Let’s start with Anthony Davis. He had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists on 11 of 17 shooting. Fellow big man DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 15 rebounds on 8 of 20 shooting. The Kentucky big men are becoming harder for opponents to handle. Rajon Rondo had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Those were the starters, and then Darius Miller had another strong game off the bench with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists on 4 of 6 shooting with every attempt coming behind the 3-point line. New Orleans beat San Antonio 107-90 to improve to 10-8.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 23, 2017
Julius Randle: Los Angeles Lakers
After starting 73 and 60 games, respectively, in his last two seasons, Julius Randle has adapted to a sixth man role this year. He hasn’t recorded a start, but Randle had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench Tuesday. He also had 2 assists and 2 blocks. Randle is shooting a career-best 54.9 percent from the field this season. The Lakers beat the Bulls 103-94. Randle and the Lakers were back on the floor Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings. Randle had 14 points and 8 rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting, but Los Angeles fell 113-102. The Lakers are 8-11.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 22, 2017
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Charlotte Hornets
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists Wednesday night in Charlotte’s overtime win against Washington. He shot 6 of 11 from the floor in 36 minutes played. Former Kentucky star Malik Monk didn’t play (coach’s decision) for the Hornets. Charlotte is 8-9.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 23, 2017
Karl-Anthony Towns: Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his NBA-leading 14th double-double Wednesday night with 18 points and 13 rebounds. It came in a 124-118 Minnesota win against Orlando. Towns is tied for the double-doubles lead with fellow former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins. The Timberwolves are third in the West at 11-7.
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— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 23, 2017
Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Liggins: Milwaukee Bucks
It was another huge night for the newest Milwaukee Bucks player Wednesday. Eric Bledsoe had 30 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds on 11 of 26 shooting. Oh, and he did it against his former team. DeAndre Liggins came up big on the defensive end with 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and a team-high 5 steals. Milwaukee beat Phoenix 113-107 in overtime to improve to 9-8.
Top plays from Eric Bledsoe as he finished with 30 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in tonight's WIN!! pic.twitter.com/VUjvoFIfwf
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 23, 2017
Enes Kanter: New York Knicks
Enes Kanter did a little bit of everything for the Knicks on Wednesday night. He had 11 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in a 108-100 win against Toronto. The Knicks are off to a surprising 10-7 start.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 23, 2017
Devin Booker: Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker led the Suns with 23 points Wednesday, but he struggled shooting the ball against Milwaukee. He did hit a thrilling game tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. Booker was 8 of 24 from the field and 2 of 6 from the 3-point line. Phoenix is 7-12.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 23, 2017
Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox: Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 26 points Wednesday night in Sacramento’s 113-102 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. He was 10 of 14 from the field to lead the Kings in scoring. Rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the win. Sacramento improved to 5-13.
Willie Trill showed out in the rivalry game with a game-high 26 PTS! 💯 pic.twitter.com/pDadEoQPgA
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 23, 2017
Jamal Murray: Denver Nuggets
The second-year point guard had 8 points, 7seven rebounds and 3 assists against Houston on Wednesday night. It came, however, in a 125-95 blowout loss to the Rockets. Murray is averaging 5 fewer minutes and 4 fewer points per game than he did in his rookie season. Denver is 10-8.