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Friday / November 15.
  • Kentucky leads NBA rosters for sixth straight year

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    Kentucky is the school with the most players on opening-night NBA rosters for the sixth consecutive year, the league announced. Twenty-five players who played games and finished their college careers with the Wildcats are part of opening-night rosters.

    Kentucky issued a separate release listing 27 players, but the discrepancy comes from the fact that A) Alex Poythress of the Pacers is a two-way player and the NBA doesn’t officially count him; and B) Enes Kanter of the Knicks attended Kentucky but never played for them.

    New Orleans features four Kentucky players: DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and Rajon Rondo. Miller, who played for the Pelicans from 2012-14 after winning a national championship alongside Davis at Kentucky, returned to the NBA this season following three seasons in Germany.

    Phoenix also has four Kentucky players on its roster: Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight and Tyler Ulis.

    Colleges With Most NBA Players

     Rank

     School

     Players

     1.

     Kentucky

     25

     2.

     Duke

     20

     3.

     Kansas

     16

     4.

     UCLA

     15

     5.

     North Carolina

     14

     

    Wildcats in the NBA (via UK)

    Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat

    Eric Bledsoe – Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns

    Willie Cauley-Stein – Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins – New Orleans Pelicans

    Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans

    De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings

    Andrew Harrison – Memphis Grizzlies

    Dakari Johnson – Oklahoma City Thunder

    Enes Kanter – New York Knicks

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Hornets

    Brandon Knight – Phoenix Suns

    Skal Labissiere – Sacramento Kings

    DeAndre Liggins – Milwaukee Bucks

    Trey Lyles – Denver Nuggets

    Jodie Meeks – Washington Wizards

    Darius Miller – New Orleans Pelicans

    Malik Monk – Charlotte Hornets

    Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets

    Nerlens Noel – Dallas Mavericks

    Patrick Patterson – Oklahoma City Thunder

    Alex Poythress – Indiana Pacers

    Julius Randle – Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo – New Orleans Pelicans

    Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves

    Tyler Ulis – Phoenix Suns

    John Wall – Washington Wizards

     (Release via UK Athletics)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.