We call it the BBNBA for a reason.
But when you write out these types of numbers and see them with your own two eyes, they don’t feel real–especially ones such as this. According to The Athletic’s Seth Partnow, who has recently been ranking the top 125 players in the NBA by placing them into five distinct tiers, he concluded that 11 of the of those top 125 played their college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats. If we want to take it a step further, eight of the top 50 are former ‘Cats.
Only seven players made Partnow’s cut in tier 1 and none of them were one-time Wildcats, but the rest of the list was cluttered with blue.
2A. Anthony Davis (LAL)
2C. Bam Adebayo (MIA)
3A. Devin Booker (PHX)
3B. Jamal Murray (DEN)
3B. Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)
3B. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)
4A. De’Aaron Fox (SAC)
4A. Julius Randle (NYK)
5A. Immanuel Quickley (NYK)
5A. Nerlens Noel (NYK)
5A. P.J. Washington (CHA)
NBA Tier 1: The cream of the crop.
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I could sit here and nit-pick the actual tier system all day long, but I’d rather focus on the utter dominance of Kentucky faces in the NBA. Three of the former Wildcats in Partnow’s top 125 play for the New York Knicks and one of them, Immanuel Quickley, has only one year of professional experience under his belt. There are point guards, wing players, rim protectors, All-Stars, shooters, everything you could ask for.
If you take the 11 Kentucky players listed above and put them onto one roster, it would win an NBA title with ease. What other college can you say that about?