The NBA season tips off Tuesday -- and 19 former UK players are featured on league rosters.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The first NBA scorecard of the season is ready – and play doesn't begin in the league until Tuesday night with three games.
I got tired of waiting for the Detroit Tigers to score runs so I devoted a chunk of last evening to going through the 15-man rosters of all 30 NBA teams, looking for local representation. I used NBA.com as my resource where some rosters showed the final cuts, but a few did not.
Here are my numbers, although they are certainly subject to change as teams sniff the waiver wire and try to improve their talent.
Kentucky 19 former players. The Wildcats lost two at the buzzer when Oklahoma City cut Daniel Orton and Toronto dropped Jamaal Magloire.
Louisville 3 former players in the league after the Pistons released Terrence Williams and there is no sign of Derrick Caracter. (Please send news of a Derrick Caracter sighting my way.)
Indiana The Hoosiers are down to a pair of NBA players with D.J. White heading overseas. But IU does have a league-leading four former program members who are head coaches, plus an owner.
Western Kentucky Two former Darrin Horn recruits continue to represent the Toppers well.
Morehead State Donnie Tyndall's main man -- Kenneth Faried -- should continue to start in Denver.
You want names?
I figured you did. Here are the lists:
Kentucky (19 players, two coaches, one team president)
Rajon Rondo, Boston
Keith Bogans, Brooklyn
Nazr Mohammed, Chicago
Marquis Teague, Chicago
Brandon Knight, Detroit
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit
Doron Lamb, Milwaukee
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte
Josh Harrellson, Miami
John Wall, Washington
Terrence Jones, Houston
Patrick Patterson, Houston
Anthony Davis, New Orleans
Darius Miller, New Orleans
DeAndre Liggins, Oklahoma City
Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers
Jodie Meeks, Los Angeles Lakers
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
Chuck Hayes, Sacramento
Dwane Casey, Toronto coach
Frank Vogel, Indiana coach
Pat Riley, Miami president
(I did not put Enes Kanter of Utah on the list. He never played a game at Kentucky, although he did practice with the team two seasons ago.)
Louisville (3 former players)
Earl Clark, Los Angeles Lakers
Samardo Samuels, Cleveland
Francisco Garcia, Sacramento
(Interesting note: Wes Unseld Jr. is an assistant coach at Orlando. His father is one of the all-time U of L greats, but Wes Jr. attended Johns Hopkins.)
Indiana (2 former players, 4 head coaches, one owner)