The Best Current NBA Players Who Played For The Kentucky Wildcats|
The University of Kentucky has established itself as a top basketball brand in the NCAA and has produced many NBA stars over the years.
It’s been noted that the Wildcats have the most successful program in college basketball. And, concerning players going to the pros, they've sent 127 players to the league.
Of these 127 players, 23 were active as of this February. Let's take a look at some of the best.
Anthony Davis helped the Los Angeles Lakers win their 17th title after joining forces with LeBron James for the purple and gold, with the two stars bringing a championship home from the bubble in 2020.
AD, as he's known, was a star for the Wildcats and averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game for the program. The New Orleans Pelicans made him the first overall pick in 2012 and he's since gone on to play in eight All-Star Games. Davis was the All-Star MVP in 2017.
The power forward was recognized as one of the top 75 players ever playing in the NBA when the league announced its 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.
One of the deadliest offensive players in the game today, Devin Booker cut his teeth with the Wildcats.
The Phoenix Suns point guard played 38 games for UK in the 2014/15 season, averaging 10.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. He was named SEC Sixth Man of the Year, earning SEC All-Freshman and All-SEC Second Team honors.
He declared for the NBA Draft after his freshman season and was picked 13th overall by the Suns. A three-time All Star, Booker has been named to an All-NBA First Team and will compete for a title alongside Kevin Durant next season.
Sports betting odds in Kentucky are likely to be snatched by residents who remain Booker fans and are hoping to see him succeed at the pro level. The Suns are 6/1 to win it all next season, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Denver Nuggets.
Bam Adebayo has become one of the best big men in the league after entering in 2017. Drafted as the 14th overall pick by the Miami Heat, the versatile center/forward has been named an NBA All-Star twice and has been to the finals.
He helped the Wildcats win the SEC Championship in 2017, and they would make it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. He declared for the Draft after their exit.
Adebayo averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 38 games for UK. He earned Second-Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team honors.
Adebayo's Heat teammate, Tyler Herro, also played for Kentucky.
A lethal shooter from distance, Herro is one of the most exciting young players to watch in the NBA and has had some memorable moments since being drafted as the 13th overall pick in 2019. His exploits saw him named Sixth Man of the Year in 2022.
Herro’s name came up in the trade rumors surrounding Damian Lillard as Miami was expected to land the sharpshooter. Lillard, though, has ended up in Milwaukee and Herro has stayed put.
As a college player, Herro averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists for the Wildcats. One of his most memorable games came in a comeback win against the Arkansas Razorbacks. He scored a career-high 29 points to lead UK to the 70-66 win.
De'Aaron Fox is one of the most electric players in the NBA. The guard earned his first All-Star call-up last season, having entered the league as the fifth overall pick in 2017. He was also named the Clutch Player of the Year last season.
Last term, Fox led the Sacramento Kings back to the playoffs following a drought that spans back to 2006. And they took the then-defending champions, the Golden State Warriors to seven games before bowing out in the first round.
He will hope to build on that next season after giving the Kings their first taste of preseason action in 17 years.