NBA Players Coached

As someone who prides himself on helping young men reach their dreams, John Calipari has placed 37 players in the NBA during his college coaching career, including 25 over his first six seasons at Kentucky.

He is the only coach who has coached four No. 1 overall selections (Derrick Rose, John Wall, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns), the only coach to have five first-round selections in the same NBA Draft (2010) and the only coach to have six players taken in one NBA Draft in the modern two-round era (2012 and 2015).

When Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went 1-2 in the 2012 NBA Draft, Calipari became the first coach to have the top two players in the same draft.

“The Kentucky Effect is there and it’s real,” Coach Cal said. “Senator Mitch McConnell has said to me, ‘You’re creating more millionaires than a Wall Street firm,’ and I went, wow, we are.”



2015
Karl-Anthony
Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves
Drafted
1 Minnesota Timberwolves
2015
Willie
Cauley-Stein
Sacramento Kings
Drafted
6 Sacramento Kings
2015
Trey
Lyles
Utah Jazz
Drafted
12 Utah Jazz
2015
Devin
Booker
Phoenix Suns
Drafted
13 Phoenix Suns
2015
Andrew
Harrison
Memphis Grizzlies
Drafted
44 Phoenix Suns
2015
Dakari
Johnson
Oklahoma City Thunder
Drafted
48 Oklahoma City Thunder
2014
Julius
Randle
Los Angeles Lakers
Drafted
7 Los Angeles Lakers
2014
James
Young
Boston Celtics
Drafted
17 Boston Celtics
2013
Nerlens
Noel
Philadelphia 76ers
Drafted
6 New Orleans Pelicans
2013
Archie
Goodwin
Phoenix Suns
Drafted
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
2012
Anthony
Davis
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted
1 New Orleans Pelicans
2012
Michael
Kidd-Gilchrist
Charlotte Hornets
Drafted
2 Charlotte Bobcats
2012
Terrence
Jones
Houston Rockets
Drafted
18 Houston Rockets
2012
Marquis
Teague
Free agent
Drafted
29 Chicago Bulls
2012
Doron
Lamb
Free agent
Drafted
42 Milwaukee Bucks
2012
Darius
Miller
Overseas
Drafted
46 New Orleans Pelicans
2011
Enes
Kanter
Oklahoma City Thunder
Drafted
3 Utah Jazz
2011
Brandon
Knight
Phoenix Suns
Drafted
8 Detroit Pistons
2011
Josh
Harrellson
Free agent
Drafted
45 New Orleans Pelicans
2011
DeAndre
Liggins
Free agent
Drafted
53 Detroit Pistons
2010
John
Wall
Washington Wizards
Drafted
1 Washington Wizards
2010
DeMarcus
Cousins
Sacramento Kings
Drafted
5 Sacramento Kings
2010
Patrick
Patterson
Toronto Raptors
Drafted
14 Houston Rockets
2010
Eric
Bledsoe
Phoenix Suns
Drafted
18 Oklahoma City Thunder
2010
Daniel
Orton
Overseas
Drafted
29 Orlando Magic
2009
Tyreke
Evans
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted
4 Sacramento Kings
2009
Robert
Dozier
Overseas
Drafted
60 Miami Heat
2008
Derrick
Rose
Chicago Bulls
Drafted
1 Chicago Bulls
2008
Joey
Dorsey
Houston Rockets
Drafted
33 Portland Trail Blazers
2008
Chris
Douglas-Roberts
Free Agent
Drafted
40 New Jersey Nets
2006
Rodney
Carney
Free agent
Drafted
16 Chicago Bulls
2006
Shawne
Williams
New Orleans Pelicans
Drafted
17 Indiana Pacers
2004
Antonio
Burks
Retired
Drafted
37 Orlando Magic
2003
Earl
Barron
Phoenix Suns
Drafted
-- Undrafted
2002
Dajuan
Wagner
Retired
Drafted
6 Cleveland Cavaliers
1996
Marcus
Camby
Retired
Drafted
2 Toronto Raptors
1995
Lou
Roe
Retired
Drafted
30 Detroit Pistons