Sep 11, 2020 - Sports

Coach John Calipari's strange streak

John Calipari and Anthony Davis at the 2012 ESPY Awards. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
John Calipari and Anthony Davis at the 2012 ESPY Awards. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

John Calipari has coached a veritable who's who of current NBA talent in his 11 years at Kentucky, producing 29 first-round picks — but not a single NBA champion.

Yes, but: This could be the year his streak ends, as five of the seven remaining teams have at least one of Calipari's ex-Wildcats on their roster.

  • Lakers: Anthony Davis (2011-12)
  • Clippers: Patrick Patterson (2007-10)
  • Nuggets: Jamal Murray (2015-16)
  • Heat: Tyler Herro (2018-19) and Bam Adebayo (2016-17)
  • Celtics: Enes Kanter (*signed with Kentucky in 2010, but was ruled ineligible due to benefits received from his European youth club)

The bottom line: Only a Rockets or Raptors title would keep one of the wildest streaks in basketball alive.

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