4 Best Kentucky Alum to Ever Play in the NBA

The Kentucky Wildcats have a long history of dominance in the NCAA. Kentucky has become a prime destination for players looking to quickly enter the NBA but still want to work on their craft in a winning environment. Not only has Kentucky proven to be a contender for the National Championship every year, they are a program that have produced a top-10 pick in the NBA Draft  the past five years.


Here are four of the greatest Wildcats that have carried their success in college over to the pros. 

4. Dan Issel

Dan Issel played in both the ABA and NBA and was able to find success in both leagues. He averaged over 20 points throughout his career while grabbing nine boards. He won an ABA title in 1975 with the Kentucky Colonels and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. 

3. DeMarcus Cousins

The fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, DeMarcus Cousins is a top big man in today's NBA, and arguably the best. Boogie has displayed growth in both his play on the court and emotionally. Teaming up with fellow Wildcat Anthony Davis, they are prepared to be one of the best duos at power forward and center the league has ever seen if Boogie re-signs. A four time All-Star, Cousins is putting up unforeseen numbers at the center position.

2. John Wall

John Wall is one of the many one-and-done Wildcats. Wall was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Wizards and has consistently gotten better throughout his career. He's currently one of the best point guards in the NBA and has led his team to the playoffs the past four seasons. Wall is still growing as a player and is on the path of being one of the best in Wizards' history.

1. Anthony Davis

If it weren't for injuries, Anthony Davis would have earned at least one MVP award in his short six-year career. Davis has broken records held by some of the greatest big men in NBA history, and is one of the most special talents fans are witnessing. He has helped lead a New Orleans team to the playoffs twice in the past four seasons with little help. Getting things done on both sides of the ball, The Brow is on pace to be one of the league's greats.