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  • Kentucky, Duke both have 17 players on NBA restart rosters

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    Despite eight teams missing out on the NBA restart, Kentucky and Duke still have the largest college presences for the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season.

    Both Kentucky and Duke had 17 players appear on official team rosters released by the NBA on Tuesday. The league is on the brink of resuming the 2019-20 season after play was halted March 11 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Of the 22 teams playing “in the bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, 12 will feature former UK players.

    Four teams will have multiple Wildcats, led by the Oklahoma City Thunder with three (Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nerlens Noel).

    Boston Celtics (1) – Enes Kanter

    Dallas Mavericks (1) – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Denver Nuggets (1) – Jamal Murray

    LA Clippers (1) – Patrick Patterson

    LA Lakers (2) – Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo (injured)

    Miami Heat (2) – Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro

    Milwaukee Bucks (1) – Eric Bledsoe

    OKC Thunder (3) – Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nerlens Noel

    Phoenix Suns (1) – Devin Booker

    Portland Trail Blazers (1) – Wenyen Gabriel

    Sacramento Kings (1) – De’Aaron Fox

    San Antonio Spurs (2) – Keldon Johnson, Trey Lyles (injured)

    Of the 17 Wildcats on NBA restart rosters, UK head coach John Calipari has coached 16 of them.

    As for Duke, their 17 players will suit up for nine teams, with the New Orleans Pelicans featuring five former Blue Devils and the Memphis Grizzlies two. (Justice Winslow is now out with a hip injury

    Boston Celtics (1) – Jayson Tatum

    Brooklyn Nets (1) – Lance Thomas

    Denver Nuggets (1) – Mason Plumlee

    Houston Rockets (1) – Austin Rivers

    Los Angeles Lakers (1) – Quinn Cook

    Memphis Grizzlies (3) – Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones, Justice Winslow

    New Orleans Pelicans (5) – Frank Jackson, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, JJ Redick, Jahlil Okafor

    Portland Trailblazers (1) – Gary Trent Jr.

    Sacramento Kings (3) – Marvin Bagley III, Harry Giles III, Jabari Parker

    The official season will resume July 30 to determine which teams make the NBA Playoffs. The 22 teams in Orlando consist of the 16 teams (eight per conference) in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences (nine total in the Eastern Conference and 13 in the Western Conference). Exhibition games began Wednesday.

    The NBA Playoffs will begin Aug. 17 in the traditional 16-team playoff field – the exception being that all games will be played in Orlando. There will be no live audience or tickets available for the remaining 2019-20 season restart games through the NBA Finals due to COVID-19 health protocols.

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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.

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