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John Calipari creates NBA All Stars


Dale Calvert














If you want to play basketball in the NBA, why would you not 
play basketball at the University of Kentucky, if they wanted 
Maybe I should re frame that,  If you want to play basketball in 
the NBA at the highest level, and be the best basketball player 
you can possibly be, why would you not play your college basketball 
at the University of Kentucky?

It is a well established fact that Kentucky just doesn’t put players
in the NBA, they put kids in the NBA with the mindset and skill set 
development to maximize their NBA career.  Did you hear what I just 
said?  Kids with raw talent are a dime-a-dozen.

If a kid doesn’t want to be coached, and thinks they are all that, 
Kentucky will back off the recruiting process.  We have seen that 
happen over and over.  We all can name the names of 5 star high 
school recruits that Kentucky backed away from.  Yes, some made it 
to the NBA, but without a foundational year or two at Kentucky the 
number of those kids that never signed a 2nd year NBA contract is 
not only horrifying, it is sad.

Calipari and his staff know what it takes to have a long NBA career 
that is profitable for the player.  During the players time at 
Kentucky that is their focus. Helping each player maximize their 
talent and prepare for their future.

One of the lasting legacies of the John Calipari era - and the one 
the Kentucky basketball coach himself focuses on and is most proud 
of - is the number of Wildcats that have gone on to fulfill their 
dreams of playing in the NBA.

Calipari understands the path and his responsibility at a level 
that most coaches seriously have never considered.  He understands 
at a very high level  

During his first 10 years at the University of Kentucky, Calipari has 
coached a total of 38 players that have become NBA Draft picks, starting 
with five first-round selections in the 2010 draft, when Calipari infamously 
declared it to be perhaps "the biggest day in Kentucky basketball history."   

Many Kentucky fans and quiet frankly legendary Kentucky hero’s like Dan Issel 
didn’t understand this insightful statement.   After the 2010 draft day is the day 
I went 100% on in on John Calipari.

UK has produced three No. 1 overall picks, several NBA All-Stars and dozens of 
pros under Calipari's guidance.  The combined salaries of those Cats is now in 
the billions, and many of Kentucky's former stars are still not in their prime 
as professionals.  The number of families that will never be the same is what 
blue collar John Calipari lives for. I respect that and I wish more Kentucky
fans could, it would make every season much more enjoyable.  

Freaking out over early season losses is wasted worry. Caliparis track
records speakes for itself.  Come March we are going to be in the in the
middle of March Madness.  We play for March!
The past several seasons have been a blast for Kentucky fans, especially 
those that follow the pro game. I believe the future will  be even brighter. 
Calipari has joking said one day ½ the NBA ALL STARS will be former University 
of Kentucky Players.   Joke?  Is it a possibility? I believe Calipari believes 
it could happen, and that is what makes him arguably the best college basketball 
coach in history.
We all get tired or morons that call themselves Kentucky fans who ignore
the facts and Cal's track record and demand we fire him after every 
disappointing loss.  Who do they think is going to replace him? Do you 
remember where we were before Cal got here with John Wall, Cousins, and
Eric Bledsoe?
When he says, it is all about the kids, his players, he sincerely believes 
it, and proves it with his words and actions, every day.  If fans, 
administration, or anyone else doesn’t understand, he understands, but 
it is not going to stop him from doing everything he possibly can to help 
his players reach their NBA Dreams!   If you are a Kentucky fan who believes 
it is only about hanging banners at Kentucky, I get it.  There is nothing I 
am looking forward to more than #9.

But John Calipari’s calling is to help kids reach their dreams, and the 
sooner you accept that the more you will enjoy the journey and every Kentucky 
Wildcats game day.

How many times do we have to hear John Calipari say We Play for March?

As fans, anytime we ask ourselves as it relates to a specific UK Basketball 
game, and Calipari’s decidisons…….When you ask yourself.

Why are they doing this?
Why is he playing them?
Why is so and so on the bench?


These have been Calipari's top 10 NBA players as UK's head coach ... so far 
at least according to their contracts and NBA stats.  However if you have 
followed the thought process of this article the bottom ten players that 
would be on the Kentucky NBA players list would  probably be and even more 
impressive list.  

                   But here are the Top 10 Kentucky players in the NBA.

  1. Anthony Davis - 
    The unanimous choice for the best college player during 
    the Calipari era was also our staffs choice for the best NBA player that 
    UK has produced in that span. The first-round pick of the New Orleans 
    Hornets (now Pelicans) in 2012 has averaged 23.7 points and 10.5 rebounds 
    over the past seven seasons, and his 2.4 blocks per game leads all active 
    NBA players. The six-time All-Star has appeared in just 13 playoff games 
    and been on the winning side of just one playoff series so far in his 
    career, but Davis joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers this 
    off season. Big expectations will follow. Davis, still just 26 years old, 
    has two seasons remaining on a five-year, $127,171,313 contract. Not only 
    is he a NBA ALL START, like most former Kentucky players, he is an 
    All Star human being.
  1.  John Wall 
    The first UK megastar of the Calipari era became the program’s 
    first No. 1 overall draft pick in 2010, going to the Washington 
    Wizards and quickly establishing himself as one of the league’s top 
    point guards. Wall has averaged 19.0 points and 9.2 assists per game 
    over nine seasons — earning All-Star honors five times — but the past 
    two seasons have been marred by injuries, and he could miss the entire 
    2019-20 campaign with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. He’s been in 37 
    playoff games and is due to make $171 million over the next four years.
    There was no bigger cheerleader for the Cats in Madison Square Garden 
    this year when the Cats knocked off #1 Michigan State than John Wall. 
    The former Kentucky star was a fixture on the sideline, leaping out 
    of his courtside seat to cheer after each big play and supporting future
    Kentucky Wildcat Jonathan Kuminga who was in the crowd.
  1. Karl Anthony Towns 
    The third No. 1 overall pick during Calipari's time at UK went to the 
    Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015 and has averaged 22.3 points and 11.9 
    rebounds per game over four seasons. Towns, still just 23 years old, 
    is also Calipari's only NBA Rookie of the Year during his time at 
    Kentucky. He's still looking for his first playoff series victory and 
    is due to make $158,253,000 over the next five seasons.
  2. Devin Booker 
    "And he didn't even start!" Calipari would say about the shooting guard 
    who settled into a "platoon" bench role on the 38-1 team before being 
    selected with the No. 13 pick in the 2015 draft. Some Kentucky fans 
    needs to re-read that sentence!  This is what John Calipari understand.
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    Booker emerged as a starter in his rookie season with the Phoenix Suns 
    and averaged 26.6 points per game this past season. In 2017, he became 
    just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 points in a game. 
    Booker is due to make $158,253,000 over the next five seasons.
  3. DeMarcus Cousins 
    The No. 5 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 draft, Cousins 
    has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds over nine seasons. He was with 
    the Golden State Warriors this past season - limited to just 30 regular-season 
    games due to injury - and will join the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2019-20 
    campaign. The four-time All-Star will have earned an estimated total of 
    $89.5 million after this season.
  4.  Eric Bledsoe
    The third member of Calipari's first UK team to make this list, Eric 
    Bledsoe exceeded his recruiting expectations and was selected with the 
    No. 18 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Since then, he's averaged 14.1 
    points per game, most recently tallying 15.9 points per game as a starter 
    for the Eastern Conference regular-season champion Milwaukee Bucks. 
    Bledsoe was an NBA all-defensive first-team selection this year and by 
    the end of next season will have made more than $92 million in earnings.
    Eric displayed his confidence and grit in my opinion coming to Kentucky
    after John Wall had already committed. (They played the same position in
    high school)
  6. 7. Julius Randle 
    The top player on UK's 2014 Final Four team was the No. 7 overall pick by 
    the Los Angeles Lakers that year. He was lost for the season due to an injury 
    in his very first NBA game but bounced back and has averaged 15.4 points and 
    8.9 rebounds per game over his career so far. This off season, Randle signed 
    a three-year, $62.1 million contract with the New York Knicks.
  7. Jamal Murray 

    The Denver Nuggets selected Murray with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 
    draft, and he's already emerged as one of the franchise's key players. The 
    Canadian guard averaged 18.2 points and 4.8 assists per game last season and 
    recently agreed to a five-year contract extension worth nearly $170 million.
    Jamal's basketball card prices are going up in value as NBA collectors are
    all expecting Jamal to have a long productive NBA career.
  8. De'Aaron Fox 

    The youngest player on this list, Fox is still just 21 years old and has 
    played only two seasons in the NBA, but it's clear he's an emerging star. 
    The No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 draft averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 assists 
    during a breakout second season with the Sacramento Kings, and he's due to make 
    a total of $35 million by the end of the 2021-22 season. A bigger payday is on 
    the horizon.  This is another former UK Player in the NBA that sports card 
    collectors are loading up on.
    Enes Kanter - He never played a game at Kentucky, but Kantucky was still part 
    of the 2010-11 team and went to the Utah Jazz with the No. 3 pick in the 2011 
    draft. He's since played for Utah, Oklahoma City, New York and Portland, 
    averaging 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for his NBA career. Kanter 
    has already earned nearly $90 million in contracts and recently signed a 
    two-year deal with the Boston Celtics.
Other players receiving votes: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Brandon Knight, Patrick 
Patterson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Willie Cauley-Stein and many more who will 
all have successful NBA Careers.

I have heard it said "Only Fools Argue with FACTS". 

Coach John Calipari at Kentucky is the best thing that has ever happened for 
young men who have a Dream to play in the NBA .... PERIOD...The facts
are not debatable.
You don't have to be a one-and-done player. PJ Washing, Nick Richards and 
many other stars have shown us that. As Cal has said, every player is on
their own personal time table.  Come to Kentucky and Cal and his staff will
be as committed to your NBA dream as you are.  They can't do the work for
you, but will give you every chance to become the best player you can be.

As a Kentucky fan I appreciate the positive impact the University of Kentucky
basketball program has had on so many families with kids perusing their NBA


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