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UK tops all schools with 22 former players on NBA rosters

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Thumbnail image for NBA-Logo.png Last year, Kentucky surged into the top spot among the schools with the most former players on NBA rosters. This year, UK takes a commanding lead.

Twenty-two former Wildcats are on NBA rosters as the league opens play on Tuesday night, giving UK a lead of seven over Duke and North Carolina, which are tied for second at 15 apiece. Of those 22, 19 are active, as Nerlens Noel, Darius Miller and Rajon Rondo are out due to injury.

Here is the list of schools with at least 10 players on opening-night rosters.

1) Kentucky -- 22
2) Duke -- 15
2) North Carolina -- 15
4) Kansas -- 14
5) UConn -- 12
5) UCLA -- 12
5) Florida -- 12

Incredibly, 16 of the 22 players who begin the season in the NBA have played at UK during John Calipari's four-year tenure. Another impressive feat is that 20 of the 21 former Cats who were on opening-night rosters last season are in the league once again. Not only are UK players getting opportunities to play at the highest level, they are taking advantage.

The two new players in the NBA this year are first-round draft picks Noel and Archie Goodwin.

Here are all 22 Cats in the NBA and their 2013-14 teams:

Eric Bledsoe -- Phoenix Suns
Keith Bogans -- Boston Celtics
DeMarcus Cousins -- Sacramento Kings
Anthony Davis -- New Orleans Pelicans
Archie Goodwin -- Phoenix Suns    
Josh Harrellson -- Detroit Pistons
Chuck Hayes -- Sacramento Kings
Terrence Jones -- Houston Rockets
Enes Kanter -- Utah Jazz    
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -- Charlotte Bobcats
Brandon Knight -- Milwaukee Bucks
Doron Lamb -- Orlando Magic
Jodie Meeks -- Los Angeles Lakers
Darius Miller -- New Orleans Pelicans
Nazr Mohammed -- Chicago Bulls
Nerlens Noel -- Philadelphia 76ers
Daniel Orton -- Philadelphia 76ers
Patrick Patterson -- Sacramento Kings
Tayshaun Prince -- Memphis Grizzlies
Rajon Rondo -- Boston Celtics
Marquis Teague -- Chicago Bulls
John Wall -- Washington Wizards

Note: Information for this post was compiled using NBA player databases on ESPN.com and CBSSports.com.

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