There were 27 former Kentucky players on NBA rosters to start the 2017-18 season. SEC Country catches you up twice a week on how former Wildcats are faring. This edition covers games played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are the highlights:
Bam Adebayo: Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo had played a combined 12 minutes over his previous nine game before he exploded for 19 points on 7 of 7 shooting Tuesday night against Cleveland. He also added six rebounds, two assists and a block in just 18 minutes played. His 19 points were a career high. But it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers beat the Heat 108-97.
Miami played again on Wednesday, and Adebayo was awarded with 31 minutes. He had nine points and five rebounds in a 115-86 loss to New York. Adebayo was 4 of 5 from the field on Wednesday to follow his 7 of 7 performance from Tuesday. Miami is 10-11.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 29, 2017
Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis: Phoenix Suns
Like Adebayo, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis also had a back-to-back with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both former Kentucky guards led Phoenix to a 104-99 win against Chicago on Tuesday. Booker had a game-high 33 points, nine rebounds and four assists on 10 of 23 shooting. Ulis did a little of everything with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. He was 5 of 9 from the floor but did turn the ball over four times.
The second game of a back-t0-back isn’t a high percentage win for any NBA teams, so it’s no surprise that a bad Phoenix team was blown out at Detroit on Wednesday 131-107. Booker was an efficient 7 of 8 from the floor for 22 points. Ulis had 13 points, four assists and two rebounds in the loss. Phoenix fell to 8-15.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 29, 2017
Karl-Anthony Towns: Minnesota Timberwolves
Just your ordinary 2o-point and 17-rebound line. That’s what Karl-Anthony Towns turned in Tuesday night, but it came in Minnesota’s 92-89 loss to Washington.
After playing 40 minutes on Tuesday, Towns’ Timberwolves notched a 120-102 win against New Orleans on Wednesday. Towns played only 21 minutes in the win, but it was enough for another double-double: 11 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Minnesota is 13-9.
The fade. pic.twitter.com/XyvIorbeST
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 30, 2017
Jodie Meeks: Washington Wizards
The veteran shooting guard recorded a season-high 21 points in Washington’s 118-113 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Jodie Meeks was 5 of 11 from the field and 8 of 9 from the free throw line. The sharpshooter was 3 of 6 from the 3-point line.
That performance followed a solid stat line from Tuesday when Meeks took six shots, all behind the 3-point line, and made four of them. The 12 points helped lead Washington to a 92-89 win against Minnesota. The Wizards are holding onto the eighth spot in the East at 11-10.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 29, 2017
Eric Bledsoe: Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe has been quite the addition in Milwaukee. He scored 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting Tuesday night in Milwaukee’s 112-87 win against Sacramento. Bledsoe was 3 of 4 from behind the arc and he added five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Milwaukee is 10-9.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 29, 2017
Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, De’Aaron Fox: Sacramento Kings
Sacramento was blown out again Tuesday night in a 112-87 loss to Milwaukee. Cauley-Stein had the best game of the Kentucky trio of Kings. He had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds on 5 of 10 shooting off the bench. Labissiere had 11 points and six rebounds in the loss. Fox played poorly going 2 of 10 from the floor with two assists and two turnovers. He did have a nice baseline drive and dunk. The Kings fell to 6-15.
Who said foxes couldn't fly? pic.twitter.com/b3qV1WxS1N
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 29, 2017
Enes Kanter: New York Knicks
Enes Kanter had a season-high 22 points on 7 of 9 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds Wednesday night in a 115-86 win against Miami. Of those 14 rebounds, six came on the offensive end. Kanter has his defensive deficiencies, but he continues to prove himself as one of the best offensive big men in the NBA. The Knicks are 11-10.
Kanter nearing a double-double in the 1st half.
We’re on 50-37.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 30, 2017
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk: Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte lost to Toronto 126-113, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Malik Monk had solid individual performances. Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting. Monk played 16 minutes off the bench and connected on 3 of his 4 long-range attempts. Monk also had four assists and two rebounds. The Hornets are 8-12.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 30, 2017
Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Darius Miller: New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis was ejected for the first time in his career on Wednesday night. Davis was called for two technicals, one 15 seconds after the other. The second technical which earned the ejection came after Davis was called for a foul after trying to block Karl-Anthony Towns’ shot. Davis had to be held back by teammates. He had 17 points and five rebounds before being thrown out in the second quarter.
DeMarcus Cousins filled the stat sheet with 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Darius Miller continues to shoot the ball well. He was 4 of 7 behind the arc with 12 points. Rajon Rondo dished out seven assists. New Orleans fell to 11-10 with the 120-102 loss to Minnesota.
Anthony Davis is not happy about that ejection! pic.twitter.com/gfUBNM7bh2
— TBC (@TopBallCoverage) November 30, 2017
Julius Randle: Los Angeles Lakers
Julius Randle continues to thrive in his sixth-man role. The Lakers forward had 20 points and four rebounds on 9 of 13 shooting Wednesday night against the Warriors. Randle has scored in the double digits in six consecutive games. Los Angeles fell to Golden State 127-123. The Lakers are 8-13.
How about Julius Randle's defense when switched onto a couple of scoring champions in crunch time? pic.twitter.com/HiV0nW5bEu
— Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) November 30, 2017
Andrew Harrison: Memphis Grizzlies
Andrew Harrison has worked his way back into Memphis’ rotation with Mike Conley out with an injury. Harrison played 24 minutes Wednesday night with a season-high 13 points and six rebounds on on 2 of 3 shooting from behind the arc. The Grizzlies are 7-13 and have lost nine consecutive games.
— FOX Sports Grizzlies (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) November 30, 2017
Kentucky players in the NBA: Stats through Nov. 27
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