Everybody knows when it comes to college basketball, Kentucky reigns supreme. Just ask current Kentucky standout De'Aaron Fox, who just recorded the second triple double in Kentucky history (although now it may be in question).
Year in year out, John Calipari brings in top recruiting class after top recruiting class, in order to keep Kentucky the best basketball college. Known for churning out one-and-dones, Calipari knows that while he may lose a handful of guys for the draft, his next class is ready to do damage.
Just look at his past classes. A team led my Demarcus Cousins and John Wall (can't believe they played on the same team), was replaced only two years later by Anthony Davis, who was then replaced by the likes of Willie Cauley-Stein, Nerlens Noel, and later on, Karl Anthony-Towns.
You know what's a hard game? Trying to remember which NBA Kentucky players were teammates at UK.-- Russillo (@ryenarussillo) November 29, 2016
The list of Kentucky studs goes on and on, yet, when you take a look at the NBA right now, the likes of Anthony Davis, John Wall, and Boogie Cousins may be household names, but only John Wall has made it out of the first round of the playoffs.
In an NBA where players will forever be judged on postseason success, i.e. number of rings (thanks LeBron), Kentucky players fall short.
Just think to yourself who the last Kentucky NBA Champion was. If we're not counting coaches or executives (Pat Riley), the most recent, most successful Kentucky alum would be...
Yes, Rajon Rondo. The Rajon Rondo that 1. Looks like Franklin the Turtle and 2. Has plummeted from arguably a top-five point guard to maaaaaaybe a top 20.
Obviously Boogie, John Wall, and Anthony Davis are superstars, but they've been stuck in mediocrity ever since coming into the NBA. Ideally a Kentucky super team would look awesome in the NBA (and could easily compete with the likes of Cleveland and Golden State).
Demarcus Cousins on teaming up with former Kentucky teammate John Wall:-- Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 29, 2016
"It's the NBA, so hopefully one day he'll be in a Kings uniform". pic.twitter.com/Olp4UJC8yR
Side note: Also on my wish list, an LSU super team consisting of OBJ, Jarvis Landry, Jeremy Hill.
Moving on, you see, these one-and-dones may wreak havoc on the NBA, but when it comes to NBA success, these Wildcats almost all forgot how to win.