Like the rest of the sports world, the NBA season came to a screeching halt in March due to the continued spread of Covid-19 across America. After a few months of quarantine and testing for the virus, 22 teams have arrived at Walt Disney World in Orlando to finish off the year in the league with regular season play starting July 30.
Among the teams in the Orlando bubble for the restart, 17 former Kentucky basketball players can be found on a competing roster. That number is tied with Duke for the most NBA players from a certain college on the campus.
Here is a list of the former Cats on an NBA roster getting set for the restart:
Boston Celtics (1) – Enes Kanter
Dallas Mavericks (1) – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Denver Nuggets (1) – Jamal Murray
LA Clippers (1) – Patrick Patterson
LA Lakers (2) – Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo (injured)
Miami Heat (2) – Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro
Milwaukee Bucks (1) – Eric Bledsoe
OKC Thunder (3) – Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nerlens Noel
Phoenix Suns (1) – Devin Booker
Portland Trail Blazers (1) – Wenyen Gabriel
Sacramento Kings (1) – De’Aaron Fox
San Antonio Spurs (2) – Keldon Johnson, Trey Lyles (injured)
Former UK center Willie Cauley-Stein would be included as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in Orlando, but he decided to sit-out due to the birth of his newborn child. Of the former Cats among the 22 official restart rosters, only Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe is known to have tested positive for Covid-19. He has since arrived in the bubble after becoming medically cleared, and will soon be able to join Milwaukee in team activities.
So, Kentucky is well represented as the NBA finishes off the 2019-2020 season in Orlando.