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The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time 

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Updated March 4, 2020 45.2k votes 4.2k voters 57.6k views 148 items

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Many colleges have storied traditions of tremendous Men's NCAA basketball programs. When thinking of some of the absolute best of all time, the Kentucky Wildcats have to be on the short list. Here is a list of the best Kentucky Wildcats of all time! The best Kentucky Wildcats in the history of their men's basketball program. Take a look at this list of Kentucky Wildcats basketball players and vote up your favorites!

From all time greats like Brandon Knight to Demarcus Cousins, to other players you might not remember so well, this is a great list of the top Kentucky Wildcats basketball players. So, take a look at these great Kentucky Wildcats and vote up the players that you think are truly some the greatest Kentucky basketball players of all time.

Who are the greatest Kentucky Wildcats? Who do you think are the best Kentucky Wildcats of al time?

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 26

Number: 3

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

2011 - 2012

NCAA Champion (2012)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012)

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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Karl-Anthony Towns

Number: 32

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

2014 - 2015

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played ...more

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina

Age: 29

Number: 2

Teams: Washington Wizards

2009 - 2010

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North ...more

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Age: 29

Number: 15

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

2009 - 2010

 

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Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Whitmire, South Carolina

Age: 28

Number: 1

Teams: Phoenix Suns

2014 - 2015

Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Moss Point High School in ...more

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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Batavia, Illinois

Age: 71

Teams: Denver Nuggets

1967 - 1970

Daniel Paul Issel (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of ...more

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Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 47

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

1990 - 1993

Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player. Nicknamed the "Monster Mash," Mashburn was a prolific scorer as a small forward in his 12 ...more

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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Age: 33

Number: 9

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

2004 - 2006

Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rondo played two years of ...more

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Rex Chapman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Rex Chapman Shooting guard from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Age: 52

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

1986 - 1988

Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player. Chapman was a college standout at the University of Kentucky and went on to play for four ...more

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De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
KyrieIrving_11 added

Teams: Sacramento Kings

2016 - 2017

De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Fox played one season of college ...more

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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Goo19 added Small forward and Power forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 43

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

1994 - 1996

Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. He was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft out of the University of ...more

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Tayshaun Prince is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Compton, California, United States of America

Age: 39

Number: 22

Teams: Detroit Pistons

1998 - 2002

Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball executive and former player. The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) small forward graduated from Dominguez High School ...more

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Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Point guard from Birmingham, Alabama

Age: 30

Number: 6

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

2009 - 2010

Eric Bledsoe (born December 9, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the point guard position, but ...more

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Tony Delk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Covington, Tennessee

Age: 45

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, + more

1992 - 1996

Tony Lorenzo Delk (born January 28, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player and former college assistant coach, most recently for the New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball ...more

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Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added

Age: 22

Number: 27

Teams: Denver Nuggets

2015 - 2016

Jamal Murray (born February 23, 1997) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball ...more

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Julius Randle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
MichaelBurns added Power forward from Dallas, Texas

Age: 25

Number: 30

Teams: New York Knicks

2013 - 2014

Julius Deion Randle (born November 29, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In his only season of college ...more

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Sam Bowie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added Center from Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Age: 58

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers

1979 - 1984

Samuel Paul Bowie (born March 17, 1961) is a former American professional basketball player. A national sensation in high school and outstanding collegian and Olympic team member, Bowie's ...more

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Kenny Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
MichaelBurns added Small forward from Roberta, Georgia

Age: 55

Teams: Washington Wizards, New York Knicks

1982 - 1986

Kenneth Walker (born August 18, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player. Nicknamed Kenny "Sky" Walker, he played primarily for the New York Knicks of the National ...more
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Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Pat Riley

Age: 74

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Rockets

1964 - 1967

Patrick James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been the team ...more

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 26

Number: 14

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

2011 - 2012

NCAA Champion (2012)

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Tyler Ulis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
JeremiahMoses added

Number: 15

Teams: Sacramento Kings

2014 - 2016

Tyler Ulis (born January 5, 1996) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Jack Givens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Lexington, Kentucky

Age: 63

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

1974 - 1978

NCAA Champion (1978)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1978)

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Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Forward from Spearville, Kansas

Age: 26

Number: 2

Teams: Golden State Warriors

2012 - 2015

Willie Trill Cauley-Stein (born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. on August 18, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Malik Monk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Shooting guard from Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

Number: 1

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

2016 - 2017

Malik Ahmad Monk (born February 4, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more

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Patrick Patterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Washington, D.C.

Age: 30

Number: 54

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

2007 - 2010

Patrick Davell Patterson (born March 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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