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Kentucky Hoops Fan: Former Wildcats in the NBA – 2011/12 Preview
Now that the NBA season is about ready to begin, here is a preview of former Kentucky Wildcat players' upcoming season with their 2010 stats (if they played).
Brandon Knight has impressed the Pistons so far. The other point guard on the team is Rodney Stuckey. Knight should get all the time on the floor that he can handle in what could be a big rookie year.
Liggins has a good shot at catching on with Orlando as a defensive specialist.
Daniel Orton - Orlando Magic
Orton's knee is 100% and ready to go. He should be able to get on the floor for the first time in an NBA game. If Orlando trades Dwight Howard, Orton might even get in the rotation.
Eric Bledsoe was all set to be the starting point guard for the Clippers. Then on October 7th, he had knee surgery and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks at the time. He should be back soon but now the Clippers have Chris Paul along with Mo Williams. Bledsoe is still in the Clippers' plans and may end up at shooting guard where he played at Kentucky.
It sounds like Cousins improved physically over the offseason. With a year under his belt, Cousins should have a big season. I expect Cousins to put up something like 17 points, 11 boards, and a block per game.
Patterson had ankle surgery to deal with bone spurs in his right ankle. Luis Scola is ahead of him on the depth chart at power forward but Patterson's role should increase from last season when he started six games and averaged 10 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
John Wall has put in the work on his jump shot (2,000 jump shots per day according to him) and it should pay off. Wall will have a huge season and will be among the top point guards in the NBA. Wall should put up close to 20 points, 10 assists, two steals, and five boards a game. Hopefully, he'll cut down on the turnovers.
Meeks has a shot at starting for the Sixers. He is a three-point specialist who sank 138 three-pointers last season.
Rondo wasn't happy with the Kendrick Perkins trade last season. That and a finger injury affected his game down the stretch. Put him down for 10 assists and two steals per game for the Celtics again.
Randolph Morris (2006 - 2010)
Morris is still making some money playing in China for the Beijing Ducks. He may have played his last NBA game.
Kelenna Azubuike (2006 - 2010)
Azubuike has a bum knee and has a long road back to the NBA.
Chuck Hayes (2005 - 2011) - Sacramento Kings
Hayes just signed a four year, $21.3 million contract with the Kings and will probably start at power forward for the Kings. Even if he doesn't, he'll be on the floor a lot. He is a great defender and rebounder.
Bogans started all 82 games last year although that probably won't happen again this season. He plays good defense and is a decent shooter.
Tayshaun Prince (2002 - 2011) - Detroit Pistons
Prince has had a long, steady career with the Pistons and that should continue. He goes into the season as the starting shooting forward.
This could be Magloire's last season. He might be good for one big game but he is mostly there to provide spot minutes.
Mohammed will serve as Kendrick Perkins' backup for another year.
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