Kentucky’s basketball season is just two games old, but for the Wildcats’ high-powered starting five, that’s two games closer to jumping to the NBA in June. For those fans who—like Kentucky’s one-and-done frosh—can’t wait that long, here’s a look at some pro doppelgangers for the soon-to-be-pros in Lexington.
Willie Cauley-Stein is the only sophomore starter for John Calipari, and he already showed plenty of promise after replacing injured Nerlens Noel as a freshman. Noel hasn’t made his own NBA debut yet, but the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan has, and Lob City’s biggest starter provides a fine role model for Kentucky’s fleet-footed center.
Herein, a closer look at Cauley-Stein and Jordan, along with NBA counterparts for the rest of the starting five on the top-ranked team in college hoops.