Kentucky is getting exactly what they are paying for from John Calipari. Coach Cal had made it very clear that getting his players to the NBA is his top priority. And he is delivering. Every year he has been at Kentucky, he has had a player selected in the Lottery of the NBA Draft.
So far, Coach Cal has had three players drafted #1 overall and now a total of 21 players taken in the lottery, 29 in the first round and 38 overall. He has had more players taken in the top 14 than some conferences in the same amount of time. And it all started in 2010…
2010– John Wall (1st), Demarcus Cousins (4th), Patrick Patterson (14th)
2011– Enes Kanter (3rd), Brandon Knight (8th)
2012– Anthony Davis (1st), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2nd)
2013– Nerlens Noel (6th)
2014– Julius Randle (7th)
2015– Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (1st), Willie Cauley-Stein (6th), Trey Lyles (12th), Devin Booker (13th)
2016– Jamal Murray (7th)
2017– De’Aaron Fox (5th), Malik Monk (11th), Bam Adebayo (14th)
2018– Kevin Knox (9th), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11th)
2019– PJ Washington (12th), Tyler Herro (13th)
And the haters say he doesn’t know how to develop talent. Don’t worry, they’ll still say that he doesn’t know how to coach by not getting anyone selected in the top 10. Just moving the goal post.
PJ Washington coming back for another season and improving his draft stock had to hit the Anti-Cal crowd pretty hard.
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