A dozen former Wildcats to take part in NBA Summer League in Las Vegas

In the coming weeks, a host of Kentucky men’s basketball players are expecting an opportunity in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Twelve Wildcats will be in action in Las Vegas beginning Thursday.

Here is a list of former players who finished college in the UK and will play in the Las Vegas league:

Charlotte Hornets – Nick Richards

Cleveland Cavaliers – Ashton Hagan
Denver Nuggets – Kellan Grady
Houston Missiles – Ty Ty Washington
Indiana Pacers – Isaiah Jackson
Los Angeles Clippers- Brandon Boston Jr.
Strong heat – Mychal Mulder
Minnesota Timberwolves – Kahlil Whitney
Phoenix Suns – Oliver Sarr
Portland Trailblazer – Shaedon Sharpe
Kings of Sacramento – Nate Sestina
Washington Wizards David Mintz

The Las Vegas League takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus. All 75 games of the 11-day competition will be streamed live on ESPN’s family of networks or NBA-TV. Each game can also be streamed via the ESPN app.

All teams play five games each. After each team has played four games, the two teams with the best records from the first four games (with tiebreakers) will meet in the championship game on July 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. The 28 teams not participating in the championship game will play a fifth game on July 16-17.

Fans can access boxing scores, match recaps and overall stats at nba.com/summer-league.

In 13 seasons with John Calipari At the top, Kentucky has produced three No. 1 picks, 34 first-rounders, 23 lottery picks, and 45 total NBA draft players. The 45 draft picks are 12 more than the closest school (Duke).

UK have picked at least one player in the opening round in each of the last 13 drafts under Calipari. This is the longest streak in the modern draft era (since 1966). Caliparis’ streak is 15 in a row and dates back to his time in Memphis.

Of the 74 players who finished college in the UK under Calipari, 45 were selected for the NBA draft, a success rate of 60.8%. Another eight of them made it to the NBA, and most of the others were walk-ons. These numbers do not include latecomers Terence Clarke.

Not only do Calipari players reach the next level, but they thrive when they do. Since 2010, eight players coached by Calipari have received 28 All-Star selections. Derrick Rose (from Memphis) was named league MVP in 2011. Seven of his players were All-NBA (Rose, John Wallanthony davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony-Cities, Julius Randle and Devin Booker), three were named NBA Rookie of the Year (Rose, Tyreke Evans and Towns), Randle was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player of 2021. Tyler Herro was voted sixth man of the year in 2022, and 15 players from Caliparis’ top 12 teams in Kentucky made the NBA All-Rookie teams.

At least one former British player has made an All-NBA team in seven of the last eight seasons.

Using numbers compiled by basketball-reference.com and spotrac.com, only Calipari-trained players (which Rose belongs to, but not Rondo district) have amassed more than $3.5 billion in career NBA contracts.

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