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NBA Open Court is definitely one of my favorite talk shows of all time. If you have not heard about it, NBA Open Court is a basketball pro talk show on NBA TV. The panels include some of the biggest names like Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, Steve Smith, and others.
Additionally, Ernie Johnson is the moderator in the show. They talk all kinds of things related to basketball. The reason why the show is very appealing to NBA fans is because their knowledge of the game is off-the-chart.
Here is one of the episodes of NBA Open Court Talk Show:
The Best Basketball Pro Talk Show is Open Court
“”Tallest Tale of the NBA”” is the first episode of NBA Open Court ever. The show originally aired on November 22, 2011. That time, Steve Kerr was still working for NBA TV. Steve Kerr eventually becomes the head coach of the Golden State Warriors and wins multiple titles with his team.
The show begins by showing the players’ draft night and lowlights of their career. After the hilarious clips, Ernie asks Shaq: “”Who do you think had the best NBA debut?”” and Shaq answers Steve Kerr.
The fact is, Steve Smith had the best NBA debut among any other players in the panel. Smitty scored 24 points, dished out 5 assists, grabbed 6 rebounds, and managed to get 2 steals. That is an amazing stat for a rookie who plays his first NBA game.
Steve Smith then explains that he is the ball handler in the team during his rookie season and jokes about Rony Seikaly only averages 3 assists in his career. Actually, Rony averaged 1.3 assists during his NBA career.
Next question is for Reggie Miller. Ernie asks “”Reggie, what was your welcome to the NBA moment”” and Reggie tells a story about his first pre-season game. Chuck Person, one of his teammates, had told him before the game that Chuck was going to give Dominique Wilkins a “”love tap.””
Then Reggie continues with the story, as soon as the game started, Chuck Person elbowed Dominique Wilkins right in the neck, the benches cleared, and Reggie didn’t know what to do.
Shaq tells a very funny story about not knowing the difference between pre-season and regular season games. So, when he was with the Orlando Magic, Scott Skiles came up to him and said “”Hey man, calm down, the season has not started yet”” and Shaq answered “”What do you mean season has not started yet? We’re 3-0, we’re first in the conference””
LOL that was funny!
Challenges of Being a Professional Basketball Rookie
Charles explains the challenges these NBA rookies have after they get drafted. Chuck says “”it’s like you’re an alien, what I mean by that is they come and pick you up one day and drop you in a city.”” So the first thing that these rookies do is find a place to live.
The talk is getting better when Kenny talks about the difference between college games and professional games. In college, if you’re playing a good game (scoring a lot of points individually), that means your team is winning or close to winning.
In NBA games, one individual player could score a lot of points but his team could still lose by a lot. That’s how good these players are.
This is why NBA Open Court is such a great show because the panel is very funny and entertaining. Steve Kerr says he felt the pressure to make the team because he was on a non-guarantee contract.
Then Steve remembers the first game he played against Michael Jordan. Steve was on the bench and Michael looked him and said “”Watch this.”” Michael then went around Dan Majerle and dunked the ball. Steve was so intimidated he thought there was no way for him to make the team.
Kenny jokes and says “”I thought he said 10 years from now, I’m going to throw this to you”” predicting Steve Kerr’s game winning shot in the finals after receiving a pass from Michael Jordan.
Best Night as a Professional NBA Player
The show continues on discussing about each player’s best night as a professional basketball player in the NBA.
Shaq scores the most points in his game against the Los Angeles Clippers on his birthday. He tells a story about how he was planning to take it easy that game. However, the Los Angeles Lakers were losing and everybody was blaming Shaq.
Then, Shaq looked at the Clippers’ bench and saw Kareem Abdul-Jabbar giving instructions on how to stop Shaq.
Shaq did not take that lightly, so he demanded the ball throughout the game and dominated. Shaq finished the game with 61 points and 23 rebounds.
Steve Kerr shares an experience of making a minimum NBA salary. When a fight breaks out, back in the day, the bench players must get into the court to back up their teammates. However, it is also a $5,000 fine to leave the bench during such situation.
“”There goes five grand”” says Steve as he walks to “”back his teammate up.””
The interesting part is the players says they will look at the tape and finds out who didn’t leave the bench when a fight happened.
Watch the Rest of the Show
If you have not watched the Tallest Tale of the NBA, I suggest you watch the YouTube video at the top of this post. It is a very entertaining basketball pro talk show for fans.
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He scores the most points in NBA history with 38,387 (24.6 ppg).</p> <blockquote> <p>You can't win unless you learn how to lose<br /> Kareem Abdul-Jabbar</p> </blockquote> <h2>Allen Iverson</h2> <p>Allen Iverson was the first overall pick in 1996 NBA draft and arguably one of the best ""small"" players to ever play. He scored 24,368 points during his 14-season career, won one MVP trophy, and four scoring titles. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2016.</p> <blockquote> <p>When you're not practicing, someone else is getting better<br /> Allen Iverson</p> </blockquote> <h2>Klay Thompson</h2> <p>Klay Thompson is one of the most prolific shooters in the game today. His dad, Mychal Thompson was the first overall pick in 1978. I guess Klay got his basketball genes from his dad.</p> <blockquote> <p>Make your supporters proud and your haters jealous<br /> Klay Thompson</p> </blockquote> <h2>Larry Bird</h2> <p>Larry Bird is named one of the top 50 greatest players in NBA history. He won three NBA titles and three regular season MVPs. His name is often mentioned in the same sentence with Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson.</p> <blockquote> <p>Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds<br /> Larry Bird</p> </blockquote> <h2>Lebron James</h2> <p>Lebron James came to the NBA as an 18-year-old kid from St. Vincent - St. Mary High School and won Rookie of the Year award. Currently, he is a three-time NBA champion and considered one of the best players that the game has ever seen.</p> <blockquote> <p>Don't be afraid of failure. 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Having said that, Carmelo Anthony is the current USA Basketball all time scoring, rebounding, and games played leader.</p> <blockquote> <p>Nobody should expect more of you than you expect of yourself<br /> Carmelo Anthony</p> </blockquote> <p><img class=""aligncenter size-full wp-image-97"" src=""https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2424/0177/files/Basketball_Quotes_by_Carmelo_Anthony.png?12853888960316505950"" alt=""Basketball Quotes by Carmelo Anthony"" /></p> <h2>Tim Duncan</h2> <p>Tim Duncan is arguably the best power forward that has ever played in the NBA. Unlike Carmelo Anthony, he is labeled very unselfish during his 19-year career. Tim won five NBA titles with the Spurs under a superb coach Gregg Popovich.</p> <blockquote> <p>Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.<br /> Tim Duncan</p> </blockquote> <h2>Stephen Curry</h2> <p>Stephen Curry has multiple records to his name in 3-point categories. The list is literally too long to mention here. However, you can learn about them here: <a href=""https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Stephen_Curry"" target=""_blank"" rel=""noopener noreferrer""><strong>Steph Curry 3-point records.</strong></a></p> <blockquote> <p>What you do speaks louder than what you say<br /> Stephen Curry</p> </blockquote> <p><a href=""https://craftedsports.com/collections/basketball-t-shirts"" rel=""nofollow""><img class=""alignnone size-full wp-image-2017"" src=""https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2424/0177/files/Basketball_Banner.png?113817413621190150"" alt=""Funny basketball sports t-shirts"" /></a></p> <h2>Kobe Bryant</h2> <p>Kobe Bryant is the closest player to Michael Jordan we have ever seen. That means he is very close to being the best player in the history of basketball. During his 20-year illustrious NBA career, Kobe won five titles all with the Los Angeles Lakers.</p> <blockquote> <p>If you're afraid to fail, then probably you're going to fail<br /> Kobe Bryant</p> </blockquote> <p><img class=""aligncenter size-full wp-image-99"" src=""https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2424/0177/files/Basketball_Quotes_by_Kobe_Bryant.png?11162268943609793660"" alt=""Basketball Quotes by Kobe Bryant"" /></p> <h2>Tony Kukoc</h2> <p>Tony Kukoc won three NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls in the 90's. He was the NBA 6th Man of the Year and considered a good all around player like his teammate Scottie Pippen.</p> <blockquote> <p>One score makes happy ONE player. An assist makes happy TWO<br /> Tony Kukoc</p> </blockquote> <h2>Dikembe Mutombo</h2> <p>Dikembe Mutombo is the only two players in NBA history to ever win Defensive Player of the Year Award (Ben Wallace). He is also labeled as one of the most generous athletes in the world.</p> <blockquote> <p>When an elevator brings you upstairs, you better send it back down to bring others up<br /> Dikembe Mutombo</p> </blockquote> <h2>Robert Parish</h2> <p>Robert Parish is a four-time NBA champion and 9-time NBA All-Star. He is one of the few players who was inducted in College Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame. His jersey 00 is retired by the Boston Celtics.</p> <blockquote> <p>Don't get too low when things go wrong and don't get too high when things are good<br /> Robert Parish</p> </blockquote> <h2>Phil Jackson</h2> <p>Phil Jackson has won more NBA rings than he has fingers (11). Phil's unique approach to coaching the game has been proven successful with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.</p> <blockquote> <p>Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ME for the WE<br /> Phil Jackson</p> </blockquote> <h2>Bob Knight</h2> <p>Bob Knight is the only one of three coaches that ever won an NCAA title, NIT title, and an Olympic gold medal. Not to mention, he is also a member of College Basketball Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame.</p> <blockquote> <p>The key is not ""the will to win"" everybody has that. It is ""the will to prepare to win"" that is what's important<br /> Bob Knight</p> </blockquote> <h2>Russell Westbrook</h2> <p>Russell Westbrook is an absolute NBA star. He holds the record of most triple-double in a single NBA season with 42. Moreover, he is also the only 2 players who ever finished an NBA season with double-digit points, assists, and rebounds (Oscar Robertson).</p> <blockquote> <p>Every day when I get on the floor I give it my all and play because you never know what tomorrow holds<br /> Russell Westbrook</p> </blockquote> <h2>Doc Rivers</h2> <p>Doc Rivers was an NBA player and is currently coaching in the league. He won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen who was famous as the ""Big Three.""</p> <blockquote> <p>How competitive can you be without losing your discipline<br /> Doc Rivers</p> </blockquote> <h2>Gregg Popovich</h2> <p>Gregg Popovich is a five-time NBA champion and three-time NBA Coach of the Year with a career winning percentage of 0.695. That means he means close to 70% of all games he coaches!</p> <blockquote> <p>We believe in people executing their role and caring about the team more than anything individually<br /> Gregg Popovich</p> </blockquote> <h2>Hubie Brown</h2> <p>Hubie Brown has his name in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is also an ABA champion and two-time NBA Coach of the Year.</p> <blockquote> <p>Be your own person with your own style and do your own thing<br /> Hubie Brown</p> </blockquote> <h2>Jeff Van Gundy</h2> <p>Jeff Van Gundy is one of my favorite NBA analysts/commentators. I always enjoy watching the games he calls. Jeff has coached the Knicks and the Rockets. He is also the brother of another NBA coach Stan Van Gundy.</p> <blockquote> <p>Your decisions reveal your priorities<br /> Jeff Van Gundy</p> </blockquote> <p style=""text-align: center;""><a href=""https://craftedsports.com/collections/miscellaneous/products/basketball-necklace-pendant"" target=""_blank"" rel=""nofollow noopener noreferrer""><img class=""aligncenter size-full wp-image-206"" src=""https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2424/0177/files/Basketball_Talk_Show_Necklace.jpg?2547710502800776230"" alt=""Basketball Quotes"" width=""400"" /></a></p> <p style=""text-align: center;""><strong><a href=""https://craftedsports.com/collections/miscellaneous/products/basketball-necklace-pendant"" target=""_blank"" rel=""nofollow noopener noreferrer"">Click Here to Get this Basketball Necklace and Pendant</a></strong></p> <h2>John Calipari</h2> <p>John Calipari is a member of Basketball Hall of Fame and the coach of 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball team (Kentucky). Currently, the fact that Kentucky has the most players in the NBA is a testament of how good of a coach Calipari is.</p> <blockquote> <p>It’s not just about working hard, it’s about working together. You have to care more about the team than you do about yourself<br /> John Calipari</p> </blockquote> <h2>John Wooden</h2> <p>John Wooden was one of the most revered coaches in the history of sports. He won record breaking seven titles in a row in Division I Men's Basketball while winning 88 games in a row. No other team has ever won more than two titles in a row.</p> <blockquote> <p>Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you<br /> John Wooden</p> </blockquote> <h2>Pat Riley</h2> <p>Pat Riley is a Hall of Fame Basketball coach and team president. He won an NBA title with the Lakers as a player and won five NBA titles as a coach.</p> <blockquote> <p>Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude<br /> Pat Riley</p> </blockquote> <h2>Pat Summitt</h2> <p>Pat is still the most win in Division I Basketball history (men or women) with 1098 wins. Although Mike Krzyzewski is still active with 1071 wins, Pat is undoubtedly one of the greatest basketball coach that has ever lived.</p> <blockquote> <p>Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you’re never wrong?<br /> Pat Summitt</p> </blockquote> <p><img class=""aligncenter size-full wp-image-101"" src=""https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2424/0177/files/Basketball_Quotes_Pat_Summitt.png?2419194922616415574"" alt=""Basketball Quotes by Pat Summitt"" /></p> <h2>Red Auerbach</h2> <p>Red Auerbach held the record for most games won as a coach when he retired (938). He won nine NBA titles as a coach and seven more as a team president and GM. His total of 16 rings makes Red Auerbach one of the most successful team officials in the history of US sports.</p> <blockquote> <p>Everyone is born with a certain potential. You may never achieve your full potential, but how close you come depends on how much you’re willing to pay the price<br /> Red Auerbach</p> </blockquote> <h2>Tom Thibodeau</h2> <p>Tom Thibodeau is one of the most recognized names in the NBA circle. He is currently the head coach and President of Basketball Operations of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He won one NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008 as an Assistant Coach.</p> <blockquote> <p>In all my years one thing has never changed; You win with serious, tough-minded players. That never changes<br /> Tom Thibodeau</p> </blockquote> <h2>Billy Donovan</h2> <p>Billy Donovan is a great college basketball coach having won two NCAA Men's Basketball titles with Florida. However, he has to prove more in the NBA level. The fact that he is still an NBA coach says a lot about his work ethic and skill.</p> <blockquote> <p>If you don’t feel you have something to prove every day, you’ll never improve<br /> Billy Donovan</p> </blockquote> <h2>Chuck Daly</h2> <p>Chuck Daly was a Hall of Fame basketball Coach and a two-time NBA Champion as a coach with the Detroit Pistons. He is also in the <a href=""https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Greatest_Players_in_NBA_History#Coaches"" target=""_blank"" rel=""noopener noreferrer""><strong>Top 10 Coaches in NBA History list.</strong></a></p> <blockquote> <p>It’s discouraging to make a mistake, but it’s humiliating when you find out you’re so unimportant that nobody noticed it<br /> Chuck Daly</p> </blockquote> <h2>Doug Collins</h2> <p>Like Jeff Van Gundy, Doug Collins is a former coach and one of the better NBA analysts/commentators today. His basketball knowledge has made him a fan favorite in every NBA game that he calls.</p> <blockquote> <p>Work as hard as you can to become as good an individual player as you can to help your team win<br /> Doug Collins</p> </blockquote> <h2>Elgin Baylor</h2> <p>Elgin Baylor is one of the greatest NBA players to never win a championship. On the other hand, his incredible basketball career includes 11 times All-Star appearances, an NBA All-Star MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year, and many others.</p> <blockquote> <p>Every time you compete, try harder to improve on your last performance. Give nothing short of your very best effort Elgin Baylor</p> </blockquote> <h2>Hakeem Olajuwon</h2> <p>Hakeem Olajuwon is a two-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, and a Regular Season MVP. He was also a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and 5-time All-Defensive First Team.</p> <blockquote> <p>It’s not up to anyone else to make me give my best<br /> Hakeem Olajuwon</p> </blockquote> <h2>Jason Kidd</h2> <p>As it stands today, Jason Kidd has the 3rd most triple-double in NBA history behind only to Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. He is also the 2nd all time assists and steals behind John Stockton.</p> <blockquote> <p>A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you’re going to the gym, those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player<br /> Jason Kidd</p> </blockquote> <h2>Jerry West</h2> <p>Jerry West is known as the ""Logo."" Yes, he is the NBA silhouette guy. During his NBA career, he won 1 NBA title, All-Star MVP, and other notable accomplishments.</p> <blockquote> <p>Confidence is everything in this game, if you don’t think you can, you won’t<br /> Jerry West</p> </blockquote> <h2>Lenny Wilkens</h2> <p>Lenny Wilkens had the record for most wins in the NBA when he retired as a basketball coach with 1,332 victories. He has been inducted 3 times into the Hall of Fame as a player, as a coach, and as a 1992 Dream Team member (assistant coach).</p> <blockquote> <p>I learned early that if I wanted to achieve anything in life, I’d have to do it myself. I learned that I had to be accountable<br /> Lenny Wilkens</p> </blockquote> <h2>Steve Nash</h2> <p>Steve Nash is a two-time NBA MVP in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, he currently holds the record for highest career Free Throw percentage in regular season (.904).</p> <blockquote> <p>If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job<br /> Steve Nash</p> </blockquote> <p><img class=""aligncenter size-full wp-image-102"" src=""https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2424/0177/files/Basketball_Quotes_by_Steve_Nash.png?7210986092639771339"" alt=""Basketball Quotes by Steve Nash"" /></p> <h2>Wilt Chamberlain</h2> <p>Wilt Chamberlain is famous for being the only player who ever scored 100 points in a single NBA Basketball game. However, there is another record that no one talks about: Wilt is also the only player who ever had 55 rebounds in a single NBA game!</p> <blockquote> <p>This is a team game and one man doesn’t win and one man doesn’t lose. In the end, the best team usually wins<br /> Wilt Chamberlain</p> </blockquote> <h2>Favorite Basketball Quotes</h2> <p>Which one is your favorite basketball quote? 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Kentucky Basketball: When it started?
The University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball began in 1903. A member of the SEC, the Wildcats currently play at the Rupp arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
They are one of the most prominent programs in the history of NCAA basketball, leading in all time wins and winning percentage.
Among their other impressive list of accomplishments, the Wildcats lead in NCAA tournament appearances, games played and wins. Their 8 tournament titles is second to only UCLA’s 11 titles. The program has also produced the most coaches (5) to have won a national championship.
Notable Kentucky Basketball Coaches
Over their illustrious history, the Wildcats have had 22 coaches. The longest run as coach was by Adolph Rupp, who lead the Wildcats from 1930 to 1972. A Naismith Hall of Fame inductee in 1969, Rupp was NCAA Coach of the Year 5 times and 7 time SEC Coach of the Year.
He also lead four teams (1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958) to the national championship. The 1948 team went 36-3 and defeated Baylor in the title game, 58-42. The 1949 squad finished 32-2 and defeated Oklahoma State in the championship game, 46-36.
The 1951 team also went 32-2 and took home the title by defeating Kansas State, 68-58. Finishing 23-6 in 1958, the Wildcats defeated Seattle, 84-72 to the the championship.
Succeeding Rupp was Joe B. Hall, who lead lead the team from 1972 through 1985. Winning the title and NCAA Coach of the Year in 1978, Hall was a 4 time SEC Coach of the Year. The 1978 team finished 30-2 and defeated Duke in the NCAA Championship, 94-88.
Rick Pitino, who was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013, coached the team from 1989 through 1997. He was a 3 time SEC Coach of the Year, twice earning national Coach of the Year honors .
In 1996, Pitno lead the Wildcats to a 34-2 record and their sixth National Championship , defeating Syracuse, 76-67.
Tubby Smith was SEC and national Coach of the Year 3 times (1998, 2003 and 2005). His 1998 squad finished 35-4 gave the program their 7th championship with a 78-69 victory over Utah.
Currently coached by John Calipari, the Wildcats went 38-2 in 2012, culminating with a 67-59 win over Kansas in the National Championship game. Calipari took home SEC Coach of the Year honors in 2010, 2012 and 2015 and twice was named national Coach of the Year.
While Eddie Sutton and Billy Gillispie didn’t lead Kentucky to a National Champsionship, had success with the program, both earning SEC Coach of the Year honors once.
Relatively early in the program, after a poor season in 1919-1920, the Wildcats rebounded to finish 13-1 to win the Southern Intercollegiate Association title.
Moving forward six year, the 1927-1928 team started a very successful four-year run. Behind coach John Mauer, the teams won nearly three-quarters of their games, finishing 40-14 over the stretch. Oddly enough, despite the great overall record, the Wildcats didn’t win any conference titles in that period.
Known as “The Fabulous Five”, the 1947-1948 teams was the basis for the gold medal winning Olympic team. The team ended up winning consecutive NCAA Championships and the 1950-1951 team brought home the third title in four seasons, ending the most dominating four-year period in program history.
Three seasons later, the Wildcats were perfect for the regular season, winning all 25 games, but they failed to win the title due to coach Rupp disallowing the team to play in the tournament.
The reason behind his refusal was the team had some players who graduated the previous year and couldn’t play in the tournament.
The Kentucky Wildcats would have to wait a few more seasons before capturing their next title in 1957-1958.
One of the more remarkable teams in NCAA history was the 1965-1966 team that went 27-1.
Many teams have lost only a single game in a season, but the Wildcats did so without a starter taller than 6′ 5”. The team’s quickness and defensive dominance lead them to a NCAA Finals, unfortunately losing. Notable players on that squad were Pat Riley and Louie Dampier.
In 1995-1996, the Wildcats put together perhaps their most talented team, as nine players went on to play in the NBA. Those players included Derek Anderson, Tony Delk, Ron Mercer, Walter McCarty, Nazr Mohammed, Mark Pope, Wayne Turner and Antoine Walker.
The team went undefeated through the SEC and claimed the National Championship.
The following season, Kentucky made an unbelievable run to the NCAA Finals, and although lost, was a tremendous accomplishment given that they had only eight players available to play in the tournament.
Kentucky made a great comeback the following season, not only in winning the NCAA Tournament, but by overcoming the biggest halftime deficit to win the title.
Although the 2009-2010 team did not win the NCAA Tournament, they were notable for having five players selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
The most recent NCAA title came in 2011-2012 on a team that set the NCAA record for most wins in season with 38. They dominated throughout, going 16-0 in the SEC and average double digit wins in their six NCAA Tournament games. To top it off, the top two picks in NBA Draft (Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) both came from Kentucky.
Career Statistical Leaders
Dan Issel (1967–1970) 2,138
Kenny Walker (1982–1986) 2,080
Jack Givens (1975–1978) 2,038
Dan Issel 1078
Dirk Minnifield (1979 – 1983) 646
Jamaal Magloire (1996 – 2000) 268
Wayne Turner (1995 – 1999) 239
SEC Player of the Year
Pat Riley (1966)
Kevin Grevey (1972, 1975)
Kenny Walker (1985, 1986)
Famous NBA Players
There are several Kentucky Wildcats basketball players who play in the NBA. Top players include 2 5 time All-Star and 2012 1st pick Anthony Davis, 4 time all-star and 5th overall pick in 2010 DeMarcus Cousins, 5 time all star and 1st overall pick 2010 John Wall, 4 time all star and 21st pick in 2006 Rajon Rondo, and 1st pick overall and 2018 All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.
Notable Former Kentucky Basketball Players
Pat Riley played 524 games over nine NBA seasons from 1967 to 1976. He averaged 7.4 points in 15.5 minutes per game. As a Hall of Fame coach, Riley won 1210 games and 5 NBA Championships over 24 seasons with the Lakers, Knicks and Heat.
Kevin Grevey played from 1975 through 1985 for the Washington Bullets and Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 11 points and 23 minutes in 672 career games.
Dan Issel is the greatest professional player to come out of Kentucky. Issel, a 7 time All Star and Hall of Famer, averaged 22.7 points and 9.1 rebounds in 1218 games in t15 seasons in the ABA and NBA combined. Issel also coached 388 games for the Nuggets, finishing with a modest 180-208 record.
Kenny Walker, nicknamed “Sky”, played seven seasons in the NBA for the Knicks and Bullets. He averaged seven points and four rebounds in 448 career games.
Jamal Mashburn played for four teams over a 12-year NBA career. He averaged 19.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 611 games. He made his lone All-Star appearance in his second to last season, playing for the Hornets in 2002-2003.
Tony Delk was a well-traveled in the NBA, playing for eight teams over a nine-year career. He averaged 9.1 points and 21.5 minutes in 545 career games.
Tayshaun Prince had a solid 13-year career with four different teams. He had his most success with the Pistons, averaging 12.6 points in 792 games. Prince also played for the Grizzlies, Celtics and Timberwolves, last playing in 2016 with a career scoring average of 11.1
Jamaal Magloire had a 12-year NBA career playing with eight different teams. He was an All-Star in 2003-2004 with the Hornets, averaging 13.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. In 680 career games, Magloire averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Derek Anderson played for six teams over an 11-year NBA career. He averaged a career high 16.9 points per game in 1999-2000 with the Los Angeles Clippers. In 615 NBA games, Anderson averaged 12 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Antoine Walker was a 3-time NBA All Star and played for five teams from 1996 through 2008. He averaged more than 20 points per game four consecutive seasons and retired with averages of 17.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.