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The Best Kentucky Players In The NBA, Ranked

Updated December 26, 2019 446 votes 25 voters30 items

List RulesVote up the best Kentucky alumni to join the NBA ranks.

The best University of Kentucky players in the NBA are all part of a long history of talented professional players coming out of one of the most storied universities in college basketball history.

Famous players like John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Rajon Rondo were stars at the college level and have gone on to even greater success in their professional careers as high NBA draft picks, making multiple NBA All-Star teams and winning championships. Some of these players were champions before they even got to the NBA, including Anthony Davis, Darius Miller, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who were all part of the most recent March Madness triumph by the Kentucky Wildcats.

So vote up the best current NBA players who got their start playing for Kentucky. Help decide which players have been able to make the jump from college into the professional ranks the best and who are still making an impact on the game today.

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  • Anthony Davis1
    27
    1

    Anthony Davis

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    Kentucky career: 2011-2012

    College stats
    40 games, 14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.3 apg
     

  • Karl-Anthony Towns2
    22
    2

    Karl-Anthony Towns

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceEdison, NJ

    Number32

    Kentucky career: 2014-2015

    College stats
    39 games, 10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg

  • Devin Booker3
    22
    4

    Devin Booker

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionShooting guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceWhitmire, South Carolina

    Number1

    Kentucky career: 2014-2015

    College stats
    38 games, 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.1 apg

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  • De'Aaron Fox4
    20
    4

    De'Aaron Fox

    Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    Kentucky career: 2016-2017

    College stats
    36 games, 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.6 apg

  • Jamal Murray5
    15
    2

    Jamal Murray

    Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age23

    Number27

    Kentucky career: 2015-2016

    College stats
    36 games, 20.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg

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  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander6
    15
    4

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionGuard

    BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

    Number2

    Kentucky career: 2017-2018

    College stats
    37 games, 14.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.1 apg

  • Julius Randle7
    12
    1

    Julius Randle

    New York Knicks

    PositionPower forward

    Age26

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Number30

    Kentucky career: 2013–2014

    College stats
    40 games, 15.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.4 apg
     

  • Bam Adebayo8
    11
    0

    Bam Adebayo

    Miami Heat

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Number13

    Kentucky career: 2016-2017

    College stats
    38 games, 13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.8 apg

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  • John Wall9
    15
    5

    John Wall

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number2

    Kentucky career: 2009-2010

    College stats
    37 games, 16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.5 apg

  • Eric Bledsoe10
    17
    8

    Eric Bledsoe

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Number6

    Kentucky career: 2009-2010

    College stats
    37 games, 11.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 apg

  • DeMarcus Cousins11
    14
    5

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

    Age30

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama

    Number15

    Kentucky career: 2009-2010

    College stats
    38 games, 15.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.0 apg

  • Tyler Herro12
    10
    1

    Tyler Herro

    Miami Heat

    PositionShooting guard

    Number14

    Kentucky career: 2018-2019

    College stats
    37 games, 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg

  • P.J. Washington13
    8
    0

    P.J. Washington

    Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, USA

    Number25

    Kentucky career: 2017-2019

    College stats
    72 games, 12.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 apg

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  • Rajon Rondo14
    14
    8

    Rajon Rondo

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Number9

    Kentucky career: 2004–2006

    College stats
    68 games, 9.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.2 apg

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  • Malik Monk15
    7
    1

    Malik Monk

    Charlotte Hornets

    PositionShooting guard

    Number1

    Kentucky career: 2016-2017

    College stats
    38 games, 19.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 apg

  • Willie Cauley-Stein16
    14
    11

    Willie Cauley-Stein

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionForward

    Age26

    BirthplaceSpearville, Kansas

    Number2

    Kentucky career: 2012-2015

    College stats
    105 games, 8.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.9 apg

  • Nerlens Noel17
    10
    7

    Nerlens Noel

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionForward, Power forward, Center

    Age25

    BirthplaceMalden, Massachusetts

    Number9

    Kentucky career: 2012–2013

    College stats
    24 games, 10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.6 apg
     

  • Kevin Knox18
    7
    4

    Kevin Knox

    New York Knicks

    PositionPower forward

    Number20

    Kentucky career: 2017-2018

    College stats
    37 games, 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg

  • Skal Labissiere19
    5
    2

    Skal Labissiere

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Number17

    Kentucky career: 2015-2016

    College stats
    36 games, 6.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.3 apg

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  • Brandon Knight20
    8
    8

    Brandon Knight

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Number2

    Kentucky career: 2010-2011

    College stats
    38 games, 17.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.2 apg

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  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist21
    7
    7

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Charlotte Hornets

    PositionForward

    Age26

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Number14

    Kentucky career: 2011-2012

    College stats
    40 games, 11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg
     

  • Trey Lyles22
    5
    5

    Trey Lyles

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionPower forward

    Number41

    Kentucky career: 2014-2015

    College stats
    36 games, 8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg

  • Jodie Meeks23
    4
    4

    Jodie Meeks

    Free agent

    PositionShooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Number20

    Kentucky career: 2006-2009

    College stats
    81 games, 15.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.6 apg

  • Patrick Patterson24
    7
    8

    Patrick Patterson

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age30

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Number54

    Kentucky career: 2007–2010

    College stats
    97 games, 16.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.5 apg
     

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  • Jarred Vanderbilt25
    2
    4

    Jarred Vanderbilt

    Denver Nuggets

    PositionPower forward, Small forward

    Number8

    Kentucky career: 2017-2018

    College stats
    14 games, 5.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.0 apg