As the NBA Playoffs began this afternoon, Kentucky once again dominates the pool of talent in former Wildcats to make up the playoff rosters.
The school leads all of college basketball in most alumni to be playing in the 2022 NBA postseason, with 10 former players. That leads Duke, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville and Michigan who follow up right behind the Wildcats.
On top of having the most in this year's postseason, they also had the most on opening day rosters to start the season off, as well as, the most selected to play in this year's All-Star game too. At some point, they might have to throw a G-League team in the Commonwealth so that the players feel more 'at home.'
The debut games of the first round on Saturday will feature Karl Anthony Towns and Jarred Vanderbilt (Timberwolves) versus Memphis at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed up by Tyrese Maxey (76ers) versus DeMarcus Cousins (Nuggets) at 7:30 p.m. ET.
On Sunday's slate of game continuing the first round matchups, we'll see Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo and Mychal Mulder (Miami Heat) play Kevin Knox (Atlanta Hawks) at 1 p.m. ET. Later in the afternoon, Devin Booker's Pheonix Suns - who are the No. 1 overall seed- will play the New Orleans Pelicans at 9 p.m. ET.
Here's the list of all the former Kentucky players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs:
Kevin Knox (Atlanta Hawks) DeMarcus Cousins, Jamal Murray* (Denver Nuggets) Devin Booker (Pheonix Suns) Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, Mychal Mulder (Miami Heat) Karl-Anthony Towns, Jarred Vanderbilt (Minnesota Timberwolves) Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers) *Has yet to play this season as he recovers from an ACL injury suffered in April of 2021
Last year we got to see former Cats Devin Booker (Suns) and Eric Bledsoe (formerly Bucks) make it to the NBA Finals, in which the Milwaukee Bucks took home the title. Year after year we're seeing Kentucky kill it in the NBA, as dominating as ever. I think many of us are hoping things get back that way here in Lexington too.