Kentucky basketball fan: Which former Wildcat had the best season in the NBA?

Kentucky fans like to keep up with the players after they move onto the NBA.

Here are how the former Wildcats ranked in the NBA this season.

11. Jamaal Magloire(notes) (Miami Heat)

Points: 2.3
Rebounds: 2.9
Assists: .2

Best game: Magloire didn't play much this season and he only had one really good game. On April 13, 2011, he grabbed 19 rebounds and scored 8 points.

Summary: Playing for the Heat this season may give him a shot at a title. Magloire still has a job due to the lack of decent big men in the NBA.

10. Keith Bogans(notes) (Chicago Bulls)

Points: 4.2
Rebounds: 1.5
Assists: 1.2

Best game: On November 11th, Bogans had 14 points, five boards, and six steals while the Bulls beat the Golden State Warriors.

Summary: Back in January, called Bogans one of the worst starters in the league. Ouch.

9. Patrick Patterson(notes) (Houston Rockets)

Points: 6.3
Rebounds: 1.5
Assists: .8

Best game: Patterson had two standout games but I picked the March 18, 2011 game where he had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, and 4 blocks.

Summary: Patterson received more playing time when Yao Ming(notes) went down. He had three straight double-doubles back in March.

8. Nazr Mohammed(notes) (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Points: 7.1
Rebounds: 3.1
Assists: .3

Best game: Mohammed had the best rebounding game of any of these players when he had 20 on November 13, 2010. He also scored 22 points (10-16 from the floor) and swatted 4 shots in the game.

Summary: Mohammed was traded in the middle of the season and provides an insurance policy for Kendrick Perkins(notes) for the Thunder who could end up in the finals.

7. Eric Bledsoe(notes) (Los Angeles Clippers)

Points: 6.7
Rebounds: 2.8
Assists: 3.6

Best game: On March 5th, Bledsoe scored 20 points and was 7-11 from the floor. He also had four rebounds and three assists and a whopping seven steals.

Summary: Bledsoe was suspended for a game for violating team rules near the end of the season. He'll be fine as the Clippers starting point guard next season.

6. Jodie Meeks(notes) (Philadelphia 76ers)

Points: 10.6
Rebounds: 2.1
Assists: 1.1

Best game: Meeks is a one dimensional player but on March 16, 2011, he hit 5 three pointers, scored 22 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists.

Summary: Meeks showed everyone that he can be a valuable scorer when he is on.

5. Chuck Hayes(notes) (Houston Rockets)

Points: 7.9
Rebounds: 5.2
Assists: 2.7

Best game: Hayes had a triple-double on March 23, 2011. He scored 13 points, had 11 assists, and pulled in 14 rebounds.

Summary: Hayes is a free agent this summer. He plays great defense and should be rewarded with a fat contract.

4. Tayshaun Prince(notes) (Detroit Pistons)

Points: 14.1
Rebounds: 3.3
Assists: 2.9

Best game: Prince was a beast against the Hornets on December 29, 2010. He almost had a triple-double when he put up 28 points (12-16 from the field), 12 rebounds, and 8 assists. According to, this was the best game this season by anyone on this list.

Summary: The Pistons were not good this season. Prince will likely be somewhere else next season after a long career in Detroit.

3. DeMarcus Cousins(notes) (Sacramento Kings)

Points: 14.1
Rebounds: 8.6
Assists: 2.5

Best game: Cousins had 18 boards in one game and made 18 free throws in another. However, this season his best game happened on January 28, 2011. He scored 27 points (58% shooting), hauled in 10 boards, had 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

Summary: Cousins picked up two technical fouls and was booted from the Kings last game. He finished the season with the Kings' rookie record for rebounds in a season. He is becoming known as a malcontent but he has the ability to be one of the best big men in the NBA.

2. Rajon Rondo(notes) (Boston Celtics)

Points: 10.5
Rebounds: 3.0
Assists: 10.7

Best game: On January 5, 2011, Rondo had a game for the ages when he had a triple-double. He had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and a ridiculous 23 assists. He also snagged 6 steals.

Summary: Rondo was bothered by a finger injury this season. He will be a major factor in determining how far the Celtics go in the playoffs.

1. John Wall(notes) (Washington Wizards)

Points: 16.4
Rebounds: 4.6
Assists: 8.3

Best game: Wall had many great games to choose from. On November 2, 2010, Wall had 29 points, 2 rebounds, 13 assists, and 9 steals. He also had 8 turnovers that day. Then on November 11, 2010, Wall had a triple-double when he had 19 points, 10 boards, and 13 assists.

Summary: Wall will be one of the top players in the NBA for the next few years. If he could develop a consistent jump shot, he would be unstoppable.


All of these players should be back in the NBA next season (assuming there is one). Also, Daniel Orton(notes) and Kelenna Azubuike(notes) may see some action.

Go Cats!

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Updated Friday, Apr 15, 2011