NEW ORLEANS — Talk to any basketball scout or any NBA front-office personnel member about Kentucky and you’ll find a common thread – the Wildcats are packed with professional talent.
So you’d think the question going around Thursday’s initial day of Final Four interviews about whether Kentucky could defeat an NBA team would be considered a legitimate one.
John Calipari says no.
And the Kentucky head coach should know, having spent three years coaching the Nets in the NBA.
“This team could not beat one NBA team,” Calipari said. “Not one. The worst one in the league, we could not beat.”
The No. 1-seeded Wildcats, who play Louisville on Saturday at 5:09 p.m., boast one of college basketball’s deepest pools of NBA talent even if they go only six players deep.
Freshman forward Anthony Davis is considered a NBA-ready talent while forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrance Jones along with guards Darius Miller and Marquis Teague also will make a living in the league.
That they’ve been compared to a professional team is nice but not necessarily true, Miller said.
“That is a great compliment,” he said. “I don’t necessarily think that we can beat any NBA team, but it is good that people feel that way about us.”
Kentucky is averaging 77.9 points this season while holding opponents to 60.6 points. The 326 blocked shots is a school record.