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UK with 15 players on opening NBA rosters

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for NBA-Logo.png Following Tuesday night's games, all 30 NBA teams have now opened their seasons. With 15 former Wildcats on opening day rosters, Kentucky has the second-most NBA players of any school in the NCAA, trailing only Duke, which has 16. With players on 12 of the league's teams, there's a pretty good chance you're going to see a former UK player on the floor when you tune in to an NBA game.

Here are the 15 Wildcats playing at the highest level and how they've fared so far this season:

Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers)
- Recovering from knee surgery, expected to return in late January
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) - Double-doubles in each of his first two games
Josh Harrellson (New York Knicks) - Two rebounds in nine minutes of a season-opening win
Chuck Hayes (Sacramento Kings) - Averaging 10 rebounds in Kings' 1-1 start
Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz) - Grabbed 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes in season opener
Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons) - Hit three 3-pointers in debut
DeAndre Liggins (Orlando Magic) - Did not dress in first two games
Jamaal Magloire (Toronto Raptors) - Played 15 minutes in season-opening win over Cleveland
Jodie Meeks (Philadelphia 76ers) - Started first game at shooting guard
Nazr Mohammed (Oklahoma City Thunder) - Seven rebounds in 15 minutes of Christmas win
Daniel Orton (Orlando Magic) - Did not dress in first two games
Patrick Patterson (Houston Rockets) - Recovering from offseason ankle surgery
Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons) - Started and played 34 minutes against Pacers
Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics) - Averaging 26.5 points, 12.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds in two games
John Wall (Washington Wizards) - 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in first game

Although UK currently trails Duke in players on NBA rosters and is tied with UCLA at 15, that could quickly change. Keith Bogans was recently released by the Chicago Bulls with the signing of Richard Hamilton, but his defensive prowess could help him find his way back on a team quickly.

Additionally, Kelenna Azubuike is still on the free agent market as one of the top unsigned swingmen. He has been mentioned in connection with teams like the Dallas Mavericks, who are looking to fill the final spot on their 15-man rosters.

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