Since John Calipari arrived in Lexington in April of 2009, the tier of players improved instantaneously. Don’t get me wrong, Kentucky has always had great players, but in Cal’s first year he had two top-three draft picks in John Wall and Demarcus Cousins, something that had never been done before.
In his tenure at Kentucky, Cal has created a Big Blue NBA factory which includes draft picks and over $1 billion dollars in NBA contracts.
The BBNBA players are not just occupying roster spots, they’re achieving milestones and making All-Star teams, and this years All-Star weekend in Chicago will feature two Cats in the main event, Anthony Davis and Bam Adebayo.
There are two notable names missing, Karl Anthony-Towns and Devin Booker. Both of which are having extraordinary seasons and are well deserving of being named all-stars.
Anthony Davis is in the elite of elite group of the NBA and will be a Hall of Famer one day as he is headed to his seventh All-Star game in eight seasons, need I say more?
AD is averaging 26.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists on 50.5% shooting
If I told you back in 2017, that out of De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo, that Bam would be the first all-star, I doubt you would have believed me.
That is the reality.
Averaging a 16 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, Bam is one of the budding superstars in the NBA and with fellow Wildcat, Tyler Herro, have brought the heat to the 4th seen in the Eastern Conference.
There are only five players to ever average 27 points and 6 assists on 50% shooting in a season; LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Steph Curry and Oscar Robertson. Booker is on pace to be sixth on that list and join that elite company.
Outside of individual achievement, Booker has led the Suns to a 20-27 record and has surpassed their 19-win total from last season.
How is the man not in?
Karl Anthony Towns
At 15-32, the Minnesota Timberwolves are abysmal to say the least, but KAT has been their sole bright spot.
The two-time All-Star is averaging 26.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.2 blocks while hitting a remarkable 3.4 3-point attempts per game at a 41.2 percent clip.
It appears that KAT is being penalized for missing 17 games thus far in the season.