Kentucky Basketball: How Do Calipari-Coached Players Perform in the NBA?

Doug Brodess@DougbrodessCorrespondent IMay 15, 2011

Kentucky Basketball: How Do Calipari-Coached Players Perform in the NBA?

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    Say what you want about John Calipari, but the man can find and lock up talent as well as effectively combine it on the floor.

    Even before he was pulling in the best talent in the country year after year, Coach Cal was known as someone who could get his team to play together very well.

    He is one of only two coaches to direct three different programs to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

    In his coaching stops at UMass, Memphis and now Kentucky, Calipari has had 17 different players go on to be drafted/play in the NBA.

    Two players off of Kentucky's 2010-11 team, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins, have decided to enter this year's NBA draft.

    Let's look how these Calipari-coached players have done and are doing at "the next level."

17. Robert Dozier (60th, 2009 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Robert Dozier was the last player drafted in the 2009 NBA draft.

    The Heat never signed Dozier. He went on to sign with the Greek League club Colossus Rhodes.

    In November 2010 he signed with a different Greek team, PAOK Thessaloniki.

16. Daniel Orton (29th, 2010 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Forward 

    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 255 lbs.

    College: University of Kentucky

     

    Daniel Orton was picked by the Orlando Magic with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

    While he signed a contract with the Magic, on December 1 Orton was sent to the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League.

    In his second game for the Thunderbirds, Orton suffered a season-ending knee injury.

15. Lou Roe (30th, 1995 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Forward 

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    College: University of Massachusetts

     

    Lou Roe played two seasons in the NBA.

    Roe played his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons, averaging 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

    For his second and last season in the NBA, he played for the Golden State Warriors, averaging 2.4 PPG and 0.8 RPG.

14. Antonio Burks (36th, 2004 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Guard  

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Antonio Burks was a second-round draft pick of the Orlando Magic in the 2004 NBA draft. He was then traded to his hometown Memphis Grizzlies.

    Burks played two seasons for the Grizzlies, averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 assists per game.

    After playing three seasons overseas, Burks was shot by a robber in Memphis and his recovery required several surgeries.

13. Rodney Carney (16th, 2006 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Forward

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 205 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Rodney Carney was drafted by the Chicago Bulls and traded to the Philadelphia 76ers shortly afterward.

    Midway through his rookie season, due to the departures of Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, Carney was moved into a starting role for Philadelphia.

    Carney is known as a tough defender and solid off-the-bench scorer.

    He has averaged 5.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game over the first five years of his career.

    Carney was released by the Golden State Warriors during the middle of this past year.

12. Earl Barron (Undrafted, 2003 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Center  

    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 245 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Earl Barron easily has had the most exotic career of any Calipari-coached player.

    Barron, not drafted after his four years at Memphis, has played professional ball in Turkey, the Philippines and Italy, and on four different D-League teams, along with five NBA teams over a five-year period.

    He has averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

    Barron was a member of the Miami Heat's 2005-06 NBA Finals championship team.    

11. Joey Dorsey (33rd, 2008 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Power Forward 

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 268 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Dorsey was chosen as the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. After the draft, he was traded to the Houston Rockets.

    In his rookie season, Dorsey played in three games, scoring a total of two points, grabbing one rebound and making one assist.

    This past season, playing for the Toronto Raptors, he appeared in 43 games, starting in nine, scoring 3.1 PPG and grabbing 4.4 RPG.

    Dorsey is establishing himself in the league as a solid interior defender and rebounder.

10. Shawne Williams (17th, 2006 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Forward  

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Shawne Williams was selected 17th overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.

    Williams has played four years, averaging 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

    This past season, playing for the New York Knicks, was Williams' best season (7.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG).

9. Chris Douglas-Roberts (40th, 2008 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Guard 

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Chris Douglas-Roberts was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round with the 40th overall pick.

    In his first two seasons with the Nets, CDR was a part-time starter.

    During the 2009-10 season, he started 38 games, scoring 9.8 points and grabbing 3.0 boards per game.

    He is a good shooter from both the field and the line.

    CDR played this past season on the Milwaukee Bucks, where he came off the bench to score 7.3 PPG and pull down 2.0 RPG. 

8. Dajuan Wagner (Sixth, 2002 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Guard  

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Dajuan Wagner was the sixth player taken in the 2002 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Wagner played four seasons, averaging 9.4 points and 1.9 assists per game.

    After experiencing some serious medical issues that required him to eventually have his colon removed, Wagner left the league at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

7. Eric Bledsoe (18th, 2010 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Guard 

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 190 lbs.

    College: University of Kentucky

     

    Eric Bledsoe was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 18th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, but was then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    While a secondary option on a very talented UK Wildcats team in college, Bledsoe is beginning his pro career quite nicely.

    He played in all but one game (started 25 games) of his rookie season, averaging a very nice 6.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 5.7 APG.

    His length, leaping ability and quickness help Bledsoe play bigger than he is listed.

6. Patrick Patterson (14th, 2010 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Forward

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 235 lbs.

    College: University of Kentucky

     

    Patrick Patterson was selected at No. 14 overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.

    After a short run in the fall of 2010 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, Patterson ended up playing in 52 games (starting six games) of his rookie season with Houston.

    He averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds while playing fewer than 20 minutes per game.

    In a three-game stretch in March, Patterson showed his upside by posting three consecutive double-doubles (12 PTS/10 REB vs. Charlotte; 18 PTS/12 REB vs. Boston; 14 PTS/13 REB vs. Utah).

5. DeMarcus Cousins (Fifth, 2010 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Forward 

    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 270 lbs.

    College: University of Kentucky

     

    DeMarcus Cousins was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

    Selected for the NBA All-Rookie first team, Cousins has shown right away that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come in the NBA.

    He averaged 14.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 2.5 APG in his first season for the Kings.

    Beyond just being a load on the block, Cousins has a nice shooting touch and nice handles.

    What remains to be seen is whether or not Cousins can keep himself under control enough to fully realize his potential in the league.

    Cousins was pulled off the team plane and suspended after a game because of an altercation with a teammate, because he thought he should have been taking the last shot in a close game.

    This was not the first incident involving on or off-the-court behavior that resulted in some sort of disciplinary action.

    If Cousins can mature and get past this (see Zach Randolph), he will become a star. If not, he will have wasted both his talent and the opportunity that it could provide for him. 

4. Tyreke Evans (Fourth, 2009 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Guard

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Tyreke Evans was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.

    Automatically, Evans demonstrated his elite skill level, averaging 20.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 5.8 APG during his rookie season, earning him NBA All-Rookie first team honors and the 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

    He is the fourth player in league history to ever average at least 20 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his rookie year, joining Oscar Robertson (1960), Michael Jordan (1984) and LeBron James (2003). Not a bad group, huh?

    Evans followed this up with an almost identically strong second season, scoring 17.8 points, grabbing 4.8 boards and dishing out 5.6 assists per game.

    If Evans can add a solid three-point stroke to his arsenal, he will be "right there" with the best players in the NBA.

3. John Wall (First, 2010 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Guard 

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    College: University of Kentucky

     

    John Wall was chosen first overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the Wizards and had a fantastic first season in the league, being named to the 2011 NBA All-Rookie first team.

    Wall, a four-time T-Mobile Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month selection, ranked seventh overall in assists (8.3 APG) and steals (1.75 SPG) and finished second among rookies in scoring (16.4 PPG).

    Wall is already thought of as one of the top point guards and future superstars in the league.

2. Marcus Camby (Second, 1996 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Center/Forward 

    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    College: University of Massachusetts

     

    Marcus Camby is having a terrific career, playing for six teams over 15 years in the NBA.

    Selected by the Toronto Raptors in the 1996 draft, Camby was a member of the 1996-97 NBA All-Rookie first team.

    He was named the 2007 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and was chosen for four NBA All-Defensive Teams.

    Camby has led the league three times (2004-05, 2006-07 and 2007-08) in blocked shots. 

    He has a total of 2,232 blocks through the end of the 2010-11 season, which places him No. 12 in league history.

    In nearly 900 games, Camby is averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. 

1. Derrick Rose (First, 2008 NBA Draft)

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    Position: Guard

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 190 lbs.

    College: University of Memphis

     

    Derrick Rose is the best player out of all of those coached by John Calipari.

    He was the first overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft selected by the Chicago Bulls.

    Rose has led the Bulls to the NBA playoffs in each of his three years in the league.

    He had a fantastic "freshman year" for the Bulls, averaging 16.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. For this, he was selected as the 2008-09 NBA Rookie of the Year.

    Rose elevated his game in his second season, scoring 20.8 PPG, grabbing 4.1 RPG and dishing out 6.0 APG.

    But, this past season, Rose took things to another level, dropping in 25 PPG, pulling down 4.1 RPG and handing out 7.7 APG.

    To no one's surprise, he was named the youngest recipient of the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player award, joining Michael Jordan as the only other Chicago Bulls player to win the honor.

    Rose now faces the huge task of taking on Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals.