The Kentucky Wildcats produced the top two picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the ‘Cats after winning the national championship and hanging banner #8. For high draft picks, the fear of being a “bust” is always looming around their careers. The higher the draft pick, the more the expectations. For Davis and MKG, that meant being the two players with the most to live up to as pros. Their successes at Kentucky have yet to be matched, but they are well on their way.
The NBA has announced their All-Rookie teams, and there is no surprise to anyone to see Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist being honored. Anthony Davis made the 1st team, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made the 2nd team. Davis averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a game, while MKG posted 9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. Anthony Davis came in 2nd place for the NBA Rookie of the Year award, behind Portland’s Damien Lillard.
Davs and MKG were winners at Kentucky, and they have continued to be winners in the NBA. They are living up to those extremely high expectations and having success at the highest level. They are now living their dreams as professionals, leaving behind the doubters that questioned their abilities. Congratulations to both former ‘Cats for beginning their careers successfully. I’m sure this won’t be the last we will hear of these guys winning awards and being honored on and off the basketball court.