[Moderated by Matt Jones]
At the rate Coach Cal is sending players to the league it isn’t unbelievable to think that we may one day see a Kentucky player on every roster in the NBA. For now we will just have to accept our 17 players on 15 different teams. Of those 17 gentleman, 9 of them are a part of the NBA playoffs which got started earlier today. With the NCAA over we can now focus on our former Cats playing on the next level. Here are my odds that those players will win a ring this season:
Daniel Orton and Deandre Liggins, Orlando Magic: 100000-1
Teams in the East should be realistic unless your name says Bulls or Heat on the front you have no shot of winning the conference. Things are even more dire for the Magic who lost all-star center Dwight Howard for the rest of the season. Now Orlando has to face the three seed Indiana Pacers without their franchise player. In other word I look for the Magic to get swept in four.
Jodie Meeks, Phillidelphia 76ers: 250-1
The only shot the 76ers have of getting past the Bulls is for their offense to get red hot and out shoot Chicago. While it certainly is within the realm of possibility for Mr. Meeks to go crazy and score 54 points in each game of the series I just don’t see it happening in this series. Philly is young and talented so there may be a day when Jodie gets a ring but it isn’t going to be this year.
Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz: 200-1
If you are anything like me seeing Utah occupying the eight seed is a bit of a shock. One season after ousting the legendary Jerry Sloan Utah closed out the season strong to make the playoffs in a close conference. The Jazz have low odds as the West has a lot of great teams, but never say never as the eighth seeded Grizzlies upset the Spurs last season. Kanter will most likely not be getting any jewelery this off season.
Josh Harrellson, New York Knicks: 130-1
A tough draw for everyone’s favorite Jorts wearer. The Knicks bounced back from the resignation of Coach D’Antoni and made the playoffs. Unfortunately they have to play Championship favorite the Miami Heat. Jorts had a surprisingly good rookie year and I hope we get to see him alongside Melo and Lin for years to come. If the Knicks can stay healthy they could have a shot at a title in the next few years.
Kelenna Azibuke, Dallas Mavericks: 30-1
Azibuke joined the defending champs earlier this month after the D-League season came to an end and Lamar Odom was shown the door. Kelenna’s odds would be a little higher if the champs didn’t have a first round match-up with the Thunder. Last season Dirk willed the team past OKC, this season I just don’t see that happening.
Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers: 25-1
Bledsoe has taken a backseat this season in LA since the Clips acquired Chris Paul in a blockbuster move this past off-season. He still plays crucial minutes as a backup though and will sure to deliver some sick lobs to monstar Blake Griffin. The odds may be low for Eric to get a ring this year, but as long as LA keeps this core their days of failure may finally come to an end.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics: 20-1
With Allen, Peirce, and Garnett reaching the twilight of their careers this could be the last chance for a while for Rondo to win another ring. Rondo has been brilliant for the Celtics all season and is the only former Wildcat who will play a major role in this year’s playoffs. Rondo’s squad will face a tough road with the Hawks then the Bulls but this team knows this may be their final chance and will use that as motivation.
Nazr Mohammed, Oklahoma City Thunder: 8-1
The Thunder reached the Western finals last season before losing to the eventual champion Mavericks. This year they added Nazr and look to reach the finals for the first time since moving to OKC. Winning the championship would be a fitting end to Mohammed’s long NBA career and I will be pulling for the Thunder to win the west. #ThunderUp
So loyal readers, which former Cat would you most like to see win a ring this season? Do you agree with the odds i set for each player? Should some be higher or lower? Let me know in the comments.
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