In recent weeks, more than a few basketball pundits have inquired as to whether or not the University of Kentucky Wildcats can beat the worst NBA teams. No less of an NBA expert that Charles Barkley has gone on record as saying that the Wildcats could actually beat the struggling Charlotte Bobcats, to which I say; FOH, son.
The Wildcats boast the most talented team in the nation with two All-Americans (and sure-fire lottery picks), and a total of 4 players who could potentially taken in the first round of the NBA draft. They also have a few players who will go on to play in China and Poland, or become teachers, accounts and car salesmen.
Now lets look at the Charlotte Bobcats.
DJ Augustin: was 1st Team All American at Texas
Bismack Biyombo: Biyombo did not play a minute of college basketball, but when he faced off against Kentucky’s Anthony Davis in last year’s Nike Hoops Summit, he put forth a dominating performance, scoring 12 points shooting 5-for-7 from the field with 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Derrick Brown: Is not very impressive
Matt Carrol: was 1st Team All Big East and honorable mention All-American at Notre Dame
DeSagana Diop: didn’t play in college, but was a McDonalds All-American
Gerald Henderson: 1st Team All-ACC and 2nd Team All-American at Duke
Cory Higgins: His Father is President of Basketball Operations for the Bobcats. No, really.
Corey Maggette: I expected Maggette’s Duke resume to have a few honorifics, but the best he could muster was ACC All Rookie Team. I think we can all agree that he’s a better player than 99.999999% of players that Kentucky has faced.
Byron Mullens: probably couldn’t make the UK squad
Eduardo Najera: was 3rd Team All American at Oklahoma
Tyrus Thomas: not a lot of high marks on his resume, but was the Atlanta Region MVP in the 2006 NCAA tournament.
Kemba Walker: 1st Team All American ad UConn
DJ White: Big 10 Player of the Year and 2nd team All-American at Indiana
Reggie Williams: Lead the nation in scoring TWICE during his time at VMI.
Do you see how ridiculously stacked the worst NBA team is? To the best of my knowledge, every one of the Bobcats’ losses this season has come at the hands of an NBA team. Can we please end all of the hacky arguments about college teams beating professionals?