Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) high fives forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

Could The Wildcats Compete With The Worst Of The NBA?


Give me a break.

The idea that a college team (even one as good as the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats) could beat ANY NBA team is complete nonsense.

It’s actually more than nonsense. Its idiotic. Its absurd.

Its downright stupid.

The reason this topic comes up is because during a media session with Kentucky coach John Calipari, the question of whether or not his team could compete with the very worst of the NBA was brought to his attention. Coach Calipari was dead on with his response.

“This team could not beat one NBA team. Not one,” Calipari said. “The worst one in the league, we could not beat.”

He’s absolutely right.

Even against the on-court nightmares that are the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats, the Kentucky Wildcats would get destroyed.

I don’t care if it’s the third game in three nights on a back to back to back. The Wildcats would get blown out in epic fashion.

People in the industry have actually gone on record to say that Kentucky could in fact beat an NBA team. Charles Barkley thinks they could beat the Raptors. Maryland Coach Gary Williams thinks they could beat the Wizards.

Have they completely lost their minds?

Kentucky is a powerhouse in college basketball. Their current crop of players features roughly 4 or 5 guys who could be first-round picks in this summers draft. (Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gillchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague). Davis, Gillchrist and Jones will all surely be lottery picks, with Davis being the clear-cut favorite to be picked #1 overall.

Even with all that young promising talent, they still wouldn’t be able to compete against an NBA team.

I’m a firm believer in sports that for one game on any given day, anyone can emerge victorious. Except in this case.

If we took a realistic approach to how a game between Kentucky and a Wizards, Bobcats or Raptors team would go, the outcome wouldn’t be close. Despite the wins or losses, NBA franchises are stacked with the best basketball players in the world. They’ve been through the hardships of being an NBA player and have competed against the very best the league has to offer. While Kentucky has 4-5 guys who could compete in the league right now, the Wizards/Raptors/Bobcats already have 13-15 guys who can make that claim.  

That doesn’t even take into account the rest of the Wildcats roster who would have no business being on the same court with sub-par NBA talent.

So while the notion that the Kentucky Wildcats (who haven’t won the national championship just yet, thank you very much) could actually compete on an NBA level is fun to think about, I suggest we all get our heads out of the clouds.

The 2012 Kentucky Wildcats are a great basketball team.

Just not that great.


Do you believe the Kentucky Wildcats could defeat the worst teams in the NBA under the right circumstances? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. 


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