Former Cats, Coach Cal stars wrap up another impressive NBA regular season

Now that another NBA regular season in the books, it is time to look at the 2012-13 performances of the many former John Calipari and Kentucky players in the Association, as well as look ahead to which guys are in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Currently, there are 20 former Kentucky players on NBA rosters, with Coach Cal being represented by 18 of his former players (14 from UK) in the pay-for-play league.

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Former UK players

(* indicates player played for Coach Cal)

*Eric Bledsoe — Los Angeles Clippers
2012-13 stats – 76 games, 20.4 minutes per game, 8.5 points, 3.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals
Bledsoe displayed tremendous progress in his third year in the NBA, and played very well while replacing injured All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Bledsoe’s 3-point shooting, once an inconsistent part of his game, has blossomed as he made 39.7 percent of his shots from distance this season and 44.5 percent of his overall field-goal attempts. The Clippers, the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, take on the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Keith Bogans — Brooklyn Nets
2012-13 stats — 74 games, 19.0 minutes per game, 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 34.3 percent 3-point shooting
In his10th season in the league, Bogans remained an NBA commodity, both on the floor as a lockdown defender and in the locker room as a team leader. He also provided perimeter depth to the Nets, as his minutes per game increased as the season wore on. The No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Nets will battle Chicago in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

*DeMarcus Cousins — Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats — 75 games, 30.5 minutes per game, 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals
At only 22 years old, Cousins is quickly becoming one of the best big men in the NBA. He posted 37 double-doubles this season, and in one 13-game stretch between Jan. 1 and Jan. 23, he posted 10 double-doubles. Cousins ended the season with a bang, posting season highs in both points (36) and rebounds (22) in the Kings’ 112-108 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.

*Anthony Davis — New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 stats — 64 games, 28.8 minutes per game, 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.2 steals
After missing 11 games in November with a stress fracture in his ankle, Davis rebounded from the setback to finish the year with 21 double-doubles while shooting 51.6 percent from the field. Davis ended the season strong. In his final 25 games of the year, Davis averaged 15.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, with 12 double-doubles. Unfortunately, Davis missed the final three regular-season contests after suffering a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He’s one of two favorites for NBA Rookie of the Year.

*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 waived the big man on Jan. 7. The Heat re-signed “Jorts” to a 10-day contract Jan. 10. Harrellson is now considered an NBA unrestricted free agent as he continues his pro career in Puerto Rico playing for Brujos de Guayama.

Now in their third seasons in the NBA, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, all who played for Coach Cal in his first year at Kentucky, are blossoming into NBA stars. (photo by Ed Reinke, Associated Press)

Chuck Hayes — Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats — 74 games, 16.3 minutes per game, 2.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Finishing his eighth year in the NBA, his second in Sacramento, the 29-year-old Hayes continued to do what he does best: rebound and play defense, while adding valuable depth (and leadership) to the Kings’ frontcourt.

*Terrence Jones — Houston Rockets
2012-13 stats — 19 games, 14.5 minutes per game, 5.5 points, 3.4 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. There he averaged 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He was recalled by the Rockets on Feb. 14 and finished the year in fine fashion as Jones, over the last eight games of the regular season, averaged 23 minutes, 8.8 points, and 5.8 rebounds per contest. The Rockets, the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

*Enes Kanter — Utah Jazz
2012-13 stats — 70 games, 15.4 minutes per game, 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds
Kanter suffered a dislocated shoulder against Phoenix on March 27 and underwent surgery last week to repair the damage. Kanter, still only 20 years old, continued to improve in his second NBA season, as his shooting percentage rose from 49.6 percent last season to a very solid 54.4 percent in 2013. Kanter’s scoring also increased almost three full points.

*Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — Charlotte Bobcats
2012-13 stats — 78 games, 26.0 minutes per game, 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 blocks
The No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft impressed in his first season due to his incredible work ethic and dedication to defense. MKG’s offense continued to evolve, as he scored a career-high 25 points twice this season and scored in double-figures 35 times on the year.

*Brandon Knight — Detroit Pistons
2012-13 stats — 75 games, 31.5 minutes per game, 13.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds
In his second year in the league, Knight quickly acclimated to the speed and strength of the NBA game, becoming a valuable and versatile back court member for the youthful Pistons. As Detroit attempts to rebuild its franchise, Knight will be an indispensable team member going forward.

*Doron Lamb — Orlando Magic
2012-13 stats –47 games, 12.3 minutes per game, 3.3 points, 0.7 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 was recalled by the Bucks on Feb. 10. He was then traded to Orlando on Feb. 21, where, in the final seven games of the season, he averaged 7.4 points on 52.9 percent 3-point shooting. Lamb scored a career-high 16 points on April 10 against his former team.

*DeAndre Liggins — Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 stats — 39 games, 7.4 minutes per game, 1.5 points, 1.4 rebounds
Defense not only wins championships, but it also creates roster space for someone like DeAndre Liggins. Although Liggins bounced back and forth between the NBA and the D-League, the Chicago native continued to work on his offensive game in an attempt to earn more playing time, evidenced by his 36.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc on the year. OKC earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and will take on Houston in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Jodie Meeks — Los Angeles Lakers
2012-13 stats — 78 games, 21.3 minutes per game, 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists
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. Shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc, Meeks continues to show his worth from outside, something the Lakers may take more advantage of in the playoffs after the loss of Kobe Bryant. The Lakers, the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, open the NBA playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs.

*Darius Miller — New Orleans Hornets
2012-13 stats — 52 games, 13.3 minutes per game, 1.9 points, 1.5 rebounds
Miller’s attitude, work ethic and versatility served him well in his first season as he found a way into the Hornets’ rotation. The Maysville, Ky., native shot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc on the season and scored a career-high 16 points on 4-of-5 3-point shooting against Denver on March 25.

Nazr Mohammed — Chicago Bulls
2012-13 stats — 63 games, 11.0 minutes per game, 2.6 points, 3.1 rebounds
Mohammed, in his 15th NBA season, is still earning playing time as a reliable back-up to Joakim Noah. In the final 10 games of the year, Mohammed averaged 6.9 points in an average of 24.4 minutes per contest. Chicago earned the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and take on Brooklyn in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

*Daniel Orton — Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 stats — 13 games, 8.0 minutes per game, 2.5 points, 2.0 rebounds
After being released by OKC on Oct. 27, the Thunder re-signed Orton only a few days later after the team traded Cole Aldrich (in a deal involving James Harden). Orton was up and down between the NBA and the D-League’s Tulsa 66ers, but in the season’s final three games he scored an average of 5.7 points and snagged 3.7 rebounds per game. OKC earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and will take on Houston in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

*Patrick Patterson – Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats — 71 games, 25.0 minutes per game, 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Patterson, in his third year, came into his own at the NBA level, posting 41 starts with the Rockets. His outside shooting was solid (38.6 percent from distance), and he proved to be an inside scoring threat as well (51.2 percent overall shooting).Patterson’s role was slightly reduced when he was traded to the Kings midway through the year, but he’s proven he will be a reliable NBA veteran for years to come.

Tayshaun Prince — Memphis Grizzlies
2012-13 stats — 82 games, 32.1 minutes per game, 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 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. In Memphis, Prince continued his rock-steady play as he ended the season making 40.4 percent from long-distance, his highest 3-point shooting percentage since his rookie year. Memphis is the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference and will challenge the L.A. Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

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. Before the injury, Rondo was emerging as the focal point of Boston’s offense. His Celtics will march forward without his services in the NBA playoffs as the Eastern Conference No. 7 seed. Boston will open against the New York Knicks.

*Marquis Teague — Chicago Bulls
2012-13 stats — 48 games, 8.2 minutes per game, 2.1 points, 1.3 assists
Teague was in learning mode this season, as he sat behind Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson at the point position. When former MVP Derrick Rose returns from knee surgery, Teague will have the great benefit of being taught by not only a John Calipari pupil, but one of the most dynamic players in the league. Teague recorded the first double-digit scoring game of his pro career against Denver on Feb. 7 as he put up 10 points in 22 minutes of action. Chicago is the No. 5 seed in Eastern Conference and will take on Brooklyn in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

*John Wall — Washington Wizards
2012-13 stats — 49 games, 32.7 minutes per game, 18.5 points, 7.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals
A knee injury caused Wall to miss the beginning of the season, but after he returned to the starting lineup, the 2011 NBA Draft’s No. 1 pick found his groove. Over the final 26 games of the year, Wall averaged 22.7 points per game and set a new career-high with 47 points on March 25 against Memphis. Wall recorded 14 points/assist double-doubles on the season. After facing some mild criticism while he rehabbed from injury, Wall proved his doubters wrong by playing the best basketball of his NBA career and carrying the Wizards to some improved play.

Other former Coach Cal players

Earl Barron — New York Knicks
2012-13 stats — 12 games, 13.3 minutes per game, 3.3 points, 5.1 rebounds
The 7-footer was waived by the Wizards in late December but picked up by the Knicks on April 17 following the retirement of Rasheed Wallace. In his first game with the Knicks, Barron netted 11 points and corralled 18 rebounds. He will be eligible for the playoffs as New York is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and will take on Boston in the NBA playoffs’ first round.

Marcus Camby — New York Knicks
2012-13 stats — 24 games, 10.4 minutes per game, 1.8 points, 3.3 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 just concluded his 17th NBA regular season. Camby battled plantar fascitis nearly all year and his playoff availability is uncertain. The Knicks are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and will take on Boston in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

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 released the next day and joined the Texas Legends of the D-League. He was re-signed by the Mavericks on December 23, 2012, but released on January 6 of this year.

Tyreke Evans — Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats — 65 games, 31.0 minutes per game, 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists
A dangerous, multifaceted performer — not atypical of a Coach Cal player — Evans was moved from the point guard spot to small forward in the 2012 season and has flourished in the role. After missing time early in the year with a knee injury, Evans, who made nearly 48.0 percent of his shots from the field, was a steady force after his return to action.

Derrick Rose — Chicago Bulls
2012-13 stats – Has not played due to knee injury
The 2011 NBA MVP, and arguably the NBA’s top point guard, is recovering from knee surgery with no set timetable for his return. “I really don’t know,” Rose said on Feb. 14 about his retrun. “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.” His Bulls are the No. 5 seed in Eastern Conference and will take on Brooklyn in the first round of the NBA playoffs.