Former Cats, Coach Cal stars continue to shine at NBA level

With the NBA All-Star break upon us, it is time to look at the 2012-13 performances of the plethora of former John Calipari and Kentucky players in the Association.

Currently, there are 20 former Kentucky players on NBA rosters, with Coach Cal being represented by 17 of his former players (14 from UK) in the pay-for-play league.

Former UK players

(* indicates player played for Coach Cal)

*Eric Bledsoe — Los Angeles Clippers
2012-13 stats –56 games, 21.8 minutes per game, 9.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals
Bledsoe has shown tremendous progress in his third year in the NBA, and played very well while replacing injured All-Star point guard Chris Paul (who was named NBA All-Star game MVP). Bledsoe’s 3-point shooting, once an inconsistent part of his game, has blossomed. He is making 42.9 percent of his shots from distance this season.

Keith Bogans — Brooklyn Nets
2012-13 stats — 49 games, 17.8 minutes per game, 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, 35.6 percent 3-point shooting
In his 10th season in the league, Bogans remains an NBA commodity, both on the floor as a lock-down defender and in the locker room as a team leader. Nearing the latter stages of his career, Bogans provides perimeter depth to the Nets.

*DeMarcus Cousins — Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats — 49 games, 31.4 minutes per game, 17.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals
At only 22 years old, Cousins is becoming one of the best big men in the NBA. He has posted 25 double-doubles this season, and in one 13-game stretch between Jan. 1 and Jan. 23, he posted 10 double-doubles.

*Anthony Davis — New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 stats — 40 games, 27.8 minutes per game, 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.2 steals
Davis missed 11 games in November with a stress fracture in his ankle, but he has robustly rebounded from the setback. On the season, Davis has 10 double-doubles and is shooting 51.4 percent from the field.

*Josh Harrellson – free agent
2012-13 stats — Six games, 5.2 minutes per game, 1.7 points, 1.2 rebounds 
The Miami Heat signed Harrellson in September, but they waived the big man on Jan. 7. The Heat re-signed “Jorts” to a 10-day contract on Jan. 10, but he is now considered an unrestricted free agent.

Chuck Hayes — Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats — 53 games, 16.4 minutes per game, 2.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists
In his eighth year in the NBA, his second in Sacramento, Hayes continues to do what he does best: rebound and play defense, while adding valuable depth (and leadership) to the Kings’ front court.

Former Coach Cal star Eric Bledsoe participated in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest this weekend during the All-Star break. (photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

*Terrence Jones — Houston Rockets
2012-13 stats — 11 games, 8.3 minutes per game, 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds
Jones, the No. 18 selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, was sent to the NBA’s D-League in December where he played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and averaged 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He was recalled by the Rockets on Feb. 14.

*Enes Kanter — Utah Jazz
2012-13 stats — 52 games, 14.3 minutes per game, 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds
Kanter’s game continues to grow, as have his minutes, scoring and field-goal percentage in his second year in the NBA. 

*Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — Charlotte Bobcats
2012-13 stats — 49 games, 25.9 minutes per game, 9.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocks
The No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft has impressed in his first season due to his incredible work ethic and dedication to defense. MKG is showing he can score with regularity, as he has three double-doubles on the year, and he has scored a career-high 25 points twice this season. Although MKG admitted losing a game of one-on-one with team president Michael Jordan, we all know he allowed the geriatric Jordan one more day in the sun.

*Brandon Knight — Detroit Pistons
2012-13 stats — 54 games, 31.5 minutes per game, 13.5 points, 4.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds
In his second year in the league, Knight has quickly acclimated to the speed and strength of the NBA game, becoming a valuable back-court member of the Pistons. Nothing if not versatile, look for Knight to continue to split time between playing point and shooting guard as the Pistons take advantage of his versatility.

*Doron Lamb — Milwaukee Bucks
2012-13 stats –23 games, 12.2 minutes per game, 3.4 points, .9 assists
Lamb was sent to the D-League to play for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in an attempt to get him playing time, but he was recalled by the Bucks on Feb. 10.

*DeAndre Liggins — Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 stats — 30 games, 8.0 minutes per game, 1.5 points, 1.5 rebounds
Defense not only wins championships, but it also creates roster space for someone like DeAndre Liggins. The Chicago native continues to work on his offensive game in an attempt to earn more playing time, evidenced by his 42.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Jamaal Magloire — Recently retired
12-year NBA career stats — 680 games, 21.5 minutes per game, 7.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 603 blocks, 48.0 percent field goal shooting
Named an All-Star in 2004, Magloire was known for his great defense and rebounding. A native of Canada, Magloire took a consulting position with the Toronto Raptors in November of 2012.

Jodie Meeks — Los Angeles Lakers
2012-13 stats — 50 games, 17.6 minutes per game, 7.8 points, 1.9 rebounds
In August of 2012, the sweet-shooting Meeks joined one of the most visible sports franchises in the world as he accepted a two-year, $3-million deal with the Lakers. Meeks is battling hard for minutes, shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc, and backing up Kobe Bryant at shooting guard.

*Darius Miller — New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 stats — 30 games, 13.1 minutes per game, 1.9 points, 1.5 rebounds
Miller continues to fight for playing time as he works to hone his shooting eye and acclimate to the NBA game, but his attitude, work ethic and versatility should serve him well as his game experience grows.

Nazr Mohammed — Chicago Bulls
2012-13 stats — 34 games, 6.4 minutes per game, 0.8 points, 1.6 rebounds
Mohammed, in his 15th NBA season, is still earning playing time as a reliable backup to Joakim Noah.

*Daniel Orton — Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 stats — Six games, 4.8 minutes per game, 2.0 points, 1.7 rebounds
After being released by OKC on Oct. 27, 2012, the Thunder re-signed Orton only a few days later after the team traded Cole Aldrich (in a deal involving James Harden). Since then, Orton has been up and down between the NBA and the D-League’s Tulsa 66ers. He is currently on the Oklahoma City roster.

*Patrick Patterson — Houston Rockets
2012-13 stats — 47 games, 25.9 minutes per game, 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds
Patterson, in his third year, has come into his own at the NBA level, posting 38 starts with the Rockets. His outside shooting has been solid (36.5 percent from distance), and he has proved to be an inside scoring and rebounding threat as well (51.9 percent overall shooting).

Tayshaun Prince — Memphis Grizzlies
2012-13 stats — 51 games, 32.4 minutes per game, 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists
After spending 10-and-a-half years with Detroit and winning an NBA title in 2004, Prince was traded to Memphis in a six-player deal involving Rudy Gay on Jan. 30 of this year.

Rajon Rondo – Boston Celtics
2012-13 stats — 38 games, 37.4 minutes per game, 13.7 points, 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds
One of the best point guards in the NBA, Rondo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in late January and underwent surgery on Feb. 12. Appropriately, Rondo recorded a triple-double against Atlanta, his fifth of the season, in his final game of the season.

*Marquis Teague — Chicago Bulls
2012-13 stats — 31 games, 7.2 minutes per game, 1.9 points, 1.2 assists
Teague is in learning mode this season as he sits behind Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson at the point. When former MVP Derrick Rose returns from knee surgery, Teague will have the great benefit of being taught by not only a Coach Cal pupil, but one of the most dynamic players in the league. Teague recorded his first double-digit scoring game against Denver on Feb. 7, as he put up 10 points in 22 minutes of action.

*John Wall — Washington Wizards
2012-13 stats — 18 games, 28.8 minutes per game, 14.7 points, 7.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals
A knee injury caused Wall to miss the the beginning of the season, but since his return to the starting lineup the 2011 NBA Draft’s No. 1 pick has proved  his worth, as the 15-36 Wizards have won 10-of-18 contests.

Other former Coach Cal players 

Earl Bannon — Free agent
2012-13 stats with Washington Wizards — 11 games, 11.1 minutes per game, 2.5 points, 3.9 rebounds
He was waived by the Wizards in late December and is now a free agent.

Marcus Camby — New York Knicks
2012-13 stats — 14 games, 10.4 minutes per game, 2.1 points, 3.7 rebounds
A four-time NBA blocks leader, a two-time All-Defensive first-team member and the 2007 NBA Defensive Player of the Year winner, Camby is playing in his 17th NBA season. A great shot blocker and rebounder, in his career Camby has averaged 9.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Camby, who suffered a foot injury in early January, has not returned to the Knicks lineup even though coach Mike Woodson said the day after his injury that he thought Camby would miss two to four weeks.

Chris Douglas-Roberts — free agent
2012-13 stats with the Dallas Mavericks — Six games, 10.5 minutes per game, 2.8 points
After spending a season with Virtus Bologna of the Italian League, CDR signed a training camp deal with the Lakers in the summer of 2012, but he was waived on Oct. 22. On Oct. 27, he was signed by the Mavericks but was released the next day and joined the Texas Legends of the D-League. He was re-signed by the Mavericks on Dec. 23, 2012, but released on Jan. 6.

Tyreke Evans — Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats — 38 games, 31.1 minutes per game, 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists
A dangerous, multifaceted performer — not atypical of a Coach Cal player — Evans was moved from the point guard spot to small forward last season and has flourished in the role. After missing time early in the year with a knee injury, Evans, making 48.0 percent of his shots from the field, has been a steady force since his return to action.

Derrick Rose — Chicago Bulls
2011-12 stats — 39 games, 35.3 minutes per game, 21.8 points, 7.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds
The 2011 NBA MVP, and arguably the NBA’s top point guard, is recovering from knee surgery with no set timetable for his return. Rose said on Feb. 14 about his return: “I really don’t know. I’m feeling good, but like I said, if it’s where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I don’t mind missing this year.”

Shawne Williams — free agent
2011-12 stats with New Jersey Nets — Six games, 20.6 minutes per game, 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds
Williams, who signed a two-year, $6.1 million deal with the New Jersey Nets in December 2011, was traded to Portland in March of 2011, but he never played for the Blazers. In July 2012, Williams agreed to a contract buyout and is now a free agent. Williams has not played in the NBA this season.