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A Gift from John Calipari

 

Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb,Terrence Jones, John Calipari the Kentucky Wildcats, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague talks with the media during the news conference in which all five players announced they will enter the NBA draft at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Let’s be real and admit for a moment that, while the 2015-16 Kentucky Basketball season was enormously satisfying at times, compared to our exaggerated expectations it will forever go down in history as an unsuccessful year. Rolling over Duke, and Louisville, watching Tyler Ulis and his masterful play, straining for Skal to evolve and become the player we egregiously expected him to be. Jamal Murray and his bow and arrows, every one of these things where incredibly pleasing to watch. Yet it’s hard not to feel like a lot of it was for just that, a little glimpse of unsustained satisfaction. Especially in the case of Jamal Murray. At least we had two years to marvel over Tyler’s play, four years to continue to believe in and encourage Alex Poythress. While it was an all-time great performance from Jamal, selfishly we only got one season to enjoy his greatness. Now the things we have to hold our hats on with several of the guys on this team, that we will all miss, is watching and rooting for their individual growth and success in the NBA.

So to continue to ease the pain of an early tournament exit, let’s take a look at the real reason why we get any of these amazing players, and why it’s important to keep any negative disappointed thoughts into perspective. We sometimes need to remember all of this isn’t about our wants and goals, it’s about the goals and dreams of these kids. So on the request of a KSR After Show reader let’s take a look at who will most likely be fulfilling their dream and entering the league this year from the Kentucky roster. Then break down the success of each player in the Calipari era whom are already living out their dream.

Current Players Draft Projections

Tyler Ulis

I’ve been checking up on all of the major mock draft websites and have recently seen Tyler as high as 16th and 17th to the Utah Jazz or Indiana Pacers, and as low as 33rd to the Phoenix Suns. Will Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics really let 4 picks go by with Tyler still on the board? I don’t know, but I personally hope the Pacers pick him at 17 and don’t give them to many chances.

Jamal Murray

The position the Blue Arrow is in on the draft board is pretty awesome for him and for Cats fans. He has been projected anywhere from 3rd to 7th, which is  obviously a great place for him to be financially and to start his professional career. Though it’s also a great place for him to be for Kentucky fans. The teams slotted 3-7 are:

  • 3. Phoenix Suns or the Kentucky Suns
  • 4. The up and coming Boston Celtics with coach Brad Stevens and Isaiah Thomas.
  • 5. Minnesota Timberwolves with Karl Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
  • 6. New Orleans Pelicans with Anthony Davis.
  • 7. Sacramento Kings with DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein.

I would be excited to see Jamal with any of these teams, and I’m sure he will be as well. 

Skal Labissiere 

I’ve noticed Skal being projected at spots around the 12-17 range, where there are a few of those interesting teams that could end up being a destination for Skal as well. Including Phoenix, Boston, Chicago, Utah, and Indiana. While the other 4 teams would be great, Skal having a mentor like Pau Gasol in Chicago could prove to be critical to his development.

Isaiah Briscoe/Alex Poythress/Marcus Lee/Derek Willis 

Unfortunately none of these guys have yet to break into any mock drafts to this point. So if they are wanting to make the leap, they will need to rely on great NBA Combine performances, team workouts, and hope to sneak in on someones board, or go undrafted and get picked up by a team afterwards.

Former Kentucky Players of the Calipari Era’s NBA Success to Date (3/31/16)

John Wall 

  • Drafted: 2010 Round 1, Pick 1 by Washington Wizards
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $53,569,075
  • John Wall Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently the Star Starting Point Guard for the Washington Wizards.

DeMarcus Cousins

  • Drafted: 2010 Round 1, Pick 5 By Sacramento Kings
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $45,690,236
  • DeMarcus Cousins Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently the Star Center for the Sacramento Kings

Eric Bledsoe

  • Drafted: 2010 Round 1, Pick 18 by Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $33,604,069
  • Eric Bledsoe Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a Star Point Guard/Shooting Guard for the Phoenix Suns.

Patrick Patterson

  • Drafted: 2010 Round 1, Pick 14 by Houston Rockets
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $20,702,871
  • Patrick Patterson Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently an essential role player at Power Forward for the Toronto Raptors.

Daniel Orton

  • Drafted: 2010 Round 1, Pick 29 by Orlando Magic
  • Currect Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $3,259,543
  • Daniel Orton Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Lasted played Center for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013-14.

Brandon Knight

  • Drafted: 2011 Round 1, Pick 8 by Detriot Pistons
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $24,589,677
  • Brandon Knight Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a Star Point Guard for the Phoenix Suns

Enes Kanter

  • Drafted: 2011 Round 1, Pick 3 by Utah Jazz
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $34,503,097
  • Enes Kanter Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a major contributor at Center for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

DeAndre Liggins

  • Drafted: 2011 Round 2, Pick 53 by Orlando Magic
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $485,227
  • DeAndre Liggins Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Last played Shooting Guard for the Miami Heat in the 2013-14 season.

Josh Harrellson

  • Drafted: 2011 Round 2, Pick 45 by New Orleans Pelicans
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $381,193
  • Josh Harrellson Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Last Played for the Detriot Pistons at Center in the 2013-14 season.

Anthony Davis

  • Drafted: 2012 Round 1, Pick 1 by New Orleans Pelicans
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $23,198,010
  • Worth noting that by the end of Davis’ current contract with the Pelicans in 2021 his estimated career cash earnings will reach: $143,700,610
  • Anthony Davis Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently the Starting Star Power Forward for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

  • Drafted: 2012 Round 1, Pick 2 by Charlotte Bobcats
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $20,760,923
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently the Star Starting Small Forward for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Marquis Teague

  • Drafted: 2012 Round 1, Pick 29 by Chicago Bulls
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $3,052,640
  • Marquis Teague Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Last played Point Guard for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14.

Terrence Jones

  • Drafted: 2012 Round 1, Pick 18 by Houston Rockets
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $7,145,049
  • Terrence Jones Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a major role player at Power Forward for the Houston Rockets.

Doron Lamb

  • Drafted: 2012 Round 2, Pick 42 by Milwaukee Bucks
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $915,243
  • Doron Lamb Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Last played Shooting Guard for the Orlando Magic in 2013-14.

Darius Miller

  • Drafted: 2012 Round 2, Pick 46 by New Orleans Pelicans
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $1,662,476
  • Darius Miller Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Last played Small Forward for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2014-15.

Nerlens Noel

  • Drafted: 2013 Round 1, Pick 6 by New Orleans Pelicans
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $9,945,240
  • Nerlens Noel Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a Star Power Forward for the Philadelphia 76ers

Archie Goodwin

  • Drafted: 2013 Round 1, Pick 29 by Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $3,336,840
  • Archie Goodwin Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a role player at Shooting Guard for the Phoenix Suns.

Julius Randle

  • Drafted: 2014 Round 1, Pick 7 by Los Angeles Lakers
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $6,129,600
  • Julius Randle Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a rising Star Power Forward for the Los Angeles Lakers.

James Young

  • Drafted: 2014 Round 1, Pick 17 by Boston Celtics
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $3,424,320
  • James Young Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a role player at Shooting Guard for the Boston Celtics.

Karl-Anthony Towns

  • Drafted: 2015 Round 1, Pick 1 by Minnestoa Timberwolves
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $5,703,600
  • Karl-Anthony Towns Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Current Star Starting Center for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Willie Cauley-Stein

  • Drafted: 2015 Round 1, Pick 6 by Sacramento Kings
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $3,398,280
  • Willie Cauley-Stein Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Current up and coming role player at Center for the Sacramento Kings.

Trey Lyles

  • Drafted: 2015 Round 1, Pick 12 by Utah Jazz
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $2,239,800
  • Trey Lyles Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a role player at Power Forward for the Utah Jazz.

Devin Booker

  • Drafted: 2015 Round 1, Pick 13 by Phoenix Suns
  • Current Estimated Career Cash Earnings: $2,127,840
  • Devin Booker Career Stats (ESPN)
  • Currently a major contributor at Shooting Guard, and up and coming Star for the Phoenix Suns.

Andrew Harrison

  • Drafted: 2015 Round 2, Pick 44 by Phoenix Suns was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and is not playing with their D-League affliate.

Dakari Johnson

  • Drafted: 2015 Round 2, Pick 48 by Oklahoma City Thunder

Current Total Estimated Cash Earnings of NBA Players from the Calipari Era at Kentucky: $309,824,849

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Steve Kerr Lies; Andre Iguodala goes Bananas; Lebron headbutts one camera & flashes the king dingling to another; Cav’s get tired; Joey Crawford tells Mosgov to shut up! All of this in game 4 of the NBA Finals 

NBA Official Joey Crawford telling Cleveland’s Timofey Mozgov to “Shut Up!”

In an entertaining game 4 of the NBA Finals, we got lies from coach Steve Kerr of the Warriors, an old bald man yelling at a seven foot Russian, a superstar getting his head busted open and bleeding everywhere pouting to who I assume was the camera man saying “it was your fault! It was your fault!”. He also had a bit of a pregame wardrobe malfunction showing his ding ding to another camera while making his “adjustments”. We also got a veteran role player stepping up for the Warriors as if to say enough is enough, instead of the league MVP doing so. We saw the series controlling Cavaliers loose their legs (figuratively) and only scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter. Allowing the series momentum to shift in the favor of the young California boys for the first time. 

Can The Warriors Get Back On Track? Game 4 NBA Finals

  

With Thursday evening and game four of the NBA finals quickly upon us. I’ve been wondering how it must feel for the Golden State Warriors, being down two games to one in a series that they were highly favored in,The NBA MVP Steph Curry, among others on the team, drawing blanks for the most part in this series. What does it feel like to be in that locker room? I imagine pacing, lots of jitter legs, and players jumping up-and-down. General anxiousness and not being able to sit still, in anticipation of being able to get back on the court and muster up some kind of redemption. There’s Coach Steve Kerr spouting out tonight’s game plan, probably telling his team that if Matthew Dellavedova hits the floor for a loose ball tonight before any of you, your coming out of the game because you don’t want to win. I imagine that feeling you get when you’ve been away from home sometime, but your almost there. It seems like every second is a minute, every minute an hour, and it feels like you’ll never get there. Well you will, and the reality of the Golden State Warriors situation is about to give them a gut punch. Will they brace themselves for the impact, take it in stride, and bring this highly hard fought and entertaining series back to 2-2 and play like the best team in the NBA that they have been all season long?  

Today’s SO SO Poll 6/11/15

NBA Finals – Game 3

 

LeBron James celebrating after an emotional game 2 victory


All knotted up and one game a piece the 2015 NBA Finals Series is in full swing. Both intensity and emotions are running with the throttle pulled wide open with gears and pistons cranking full bore. With the tone set by  two straight overtime games to begin the series, which has never happened until now. The Warriors and Cav’s have their sites set on taking game three to the limits again tonight and try to produce a one game cushion between the opposition. 

Tipoff is at 9:00pm est on ABC in Cleveland. 

Kyrie Irving Offically Out;Lebron & Cav’s Officially Outnumbered 

  
Now with the news today of Kyrie Irving’s diagnosis of a fractured kneecap, which makes me cringe and rub my knee everytime I think about it,  the Cavaliers have upgraded the saying “backs against the wall” to “backs against a black hole”. I won’t go so far and regurgitate all of the national media narrative and say LeBron is now on his own and this NBA finals series is officially over. Although I am of the understanding that a comeback by Cleveland, after a loss in game one and now Kyrie’s knee shattering, is a lot less likely. Yet if I’ve learned anything over the years of watching sports, it’s that anything can most certainly happen. There are many instances in not only sports but history as a whole where the will of the few has outweighed the strength of the many. 

So don’t lose hope yet Clevelanders, you do, along with many other talented role players, still have the best player in the game. 

Game 2 in Sunday at 7:00pm est on ABC. 

Paul George likely out for the upcoming season after Kevin Ware type leg injury in USA scrimmage.

Team USA’s scrimmage came to an abrupt and brutal stop last night after Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, while contesting a lay-up by James Harden, crashed into the base of the goal post sustaining an injury similar to that of Kevin Ware during the 2013 NCAA tournament. What’s being called a “compound leg fracture” will likely keep George off the court for the Pacers until at least this time during the off season next year, possibly longer depending on the rate in which he recovers and the actual severity of the break.

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President of basketball operations for Indiana and NBA legend Larry Bird of course has already gone on record saying that “any talk about the future of the team would be inappropriate.” But I ask you, with the loss of free agent Lance Stevenson, and the injury to Paul George. How do you see the number one seed in the east last year fairing next season?
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While being an Indiana native, I want to be able to give hope to everyone and say Bird and Pacers couch Frank Vogel will somehow figure out how to now keep this team from imploding. With all of the on and off the court antics and distractions that led to last years slide in the second half of the season and playoffs. I’m not too convinced that anyone, staff or players, have the tools left to get these guys to play with a will to win. Roy Hibbert and David West have probably already thrown their hands in the air, planted their chins on their chest, and told Chris Copeland that he is selfish.. 😁
The Pacers are finished with this run of “almost” being winners, and you know the old saying almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I believe the only chance they have is if somehow Paul George becomes an emotional leader throughout his recovery and return, because while this team doesn’t lack emotion 😢😪, it is the wrong type of emotion.

C.W.