BOZICH BLOG: NBA Scorecard -- UK 19 players, U of L 3, IU 2 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BOZICH BLOG: NBA Scorecard -- UK 19 players, U of L 3, IU 2, WKU 2

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The NBA season tips off Tuesday -- and 19 former UK players are featured on league rosters. 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)

  1. Rajon Rondo, Boston
  2. Keith Bogans, Brooklyn
  3. Nazr Mohammed, Chicago
  4. Marquis Teague, Chicago
  5. Brandon Knight, Detroit
  6. Tayshaun Prince, Detroit
  7. Doron Lamb, Milwaukee
  8. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte
  9. Josh Harrellson, Miami
  10. John Wall, Washington
  11. Terrence Jones, Houston
  12. Patrick Patterson, Houston
  13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans
  14. Darius Miller, New Orleans
  15. DeAndre Liggins, Oklahoma City
  16. Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers
  17. Jodie Meeks, Los Angeles Lakers
  18. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
  19. Chuck Hayes, Sacramento
  20. Dwane Casey, Toronto coach
  21. Frank Vogel, Indiana coach
  22. 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)

  1. Earl Clark, Los Angeles Lakers
  2. Samardo Samuels, Cleveland
  3. 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)

  1. Eric Gordon, New Orleans
  2. Jared Jeffries, Portland
  3. Lawrence Frank, Detroit
  4. Randy Wittman, Washington
  5. Mike Woodson, New York
  6. Keith Smart, Sacramento
  7. Mark Cuban, Dallas 

Western Kentucky (2 former players)

  1. Courtney Lee, Boston
  2. Jeremy Evans, Utah

Morehead State (1 former player)

  1. Kenneth Faried, Denver

Please send any corrections and updates to me at rbozich@wdrb.com.

Enjoy. Discuss. Debate.

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