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Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  21 responses

Stan Van Gundy: No Way Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team


The Kentucky Wildcats may be steamrolling their opponents on their way (possibly) to an NCAA title, but Stan Van Gundy flatly rejects the idea that they would have a chance against any NBA squad. Per the AP: “The Orlando Magic coach was asked about comments by former Maryland coach Gary Williams, who told a Washington radio station that he thought the Wildcats could beat the NBA’s Wizards in one game at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats, the favorites to win the NCAA championship next week, have multiple players who are expected to be NBA lottery picks. Forward Anthony Davis could be the No. 1 overall pick if he enters the draft. That’s not enough for Van Gundy. ‘Look, it’s absurd,’ he said. ‘I mean, people will say, ‘Oh, Kentucky you know’s got four NBA players.’ Yeah, well the other team’s got 13.’ Van Gundy said the talent level, experience and age of the players would favor the NBA team, even one as bad as the Wizards (11-38). ‘Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So maybe, but it’d be rare and in a series it’d be a joke,’ Van Gundy said. ‘It wouldn’t be close. That’s just the way it is. John Calipari’s got a lot of talent, he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn’t. And even if those guys all are, they’re all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So no, they’re not going to win.’”

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  • abaci

    Cosign the Hedgehog

  • DerekG

    I give Kentucky a chance against an Orlando team without Dwight Howard! Lol!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Normally I would agree. The worst pro team is usually miles ahead of the best college team. In this particular case, though, Kentucky probably has 6 future NBA players, while the Bobcats probably don’t have any more than 7 or 8 players who really belong in the NBA. The Bobcats would win, but it would be because of greater depth, not greater talent.

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    @what nobody makes it to the nba by accident (with the exception of Luke Walton) everybody that’s in the league deserves to be there, at least that’s what I think.

  • fruizm

    The NBA is a completely different monster, no matter how bad an NBA team or player is, theyre still amazingly talented and miles ahead of a D1 team.

  • LP

    I’m glad I didn’t jump in to see somebody entertaining a college team beating an NBA team… it wouldn’t ever be close. Ever. Not even the ALL-AMERICAN 1st and 2nd team…

  • @ZE35

    Van Gundy is a joke.

  • http://slamonline.com KJ

    This is absurd. As bad as the Wizards are, they are a PROFESSIONAL basketball team and are the best in the world.

  • bike

    NBA teams, even the worst, have 12-13 NBA players w/ experience. Kentucky probably has 4-5 NBA picks that as rookies range from good (Davis) to mediocre (Teague). No contest, NBA wins every time.

  • Patrick

    Let’s settle down and wait until they beat all the college teams first (they probably will, but just saying).

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No college team would stand a chance against an NBA team. It is pretty ridiculous to think otherwise. Physically Kentucky would get beat up in a game against the Bobcats. The rebounding margin would be huge. And there is no defense in college basketball that anywhere close to replicates an NBA defense with NBA players.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    I’m glad no one is picking a college team to beat an NBA team. That’s just absurd. If you’ll read a few books (particularly Paul Shirley’s book), there are accounts of minor-league basketball teams playing top-ranked college teams closely, and those are the guys who can’t make it in the NBA. Any NBA team would DESTROY the best college team, hands down.

  • Brahsef

    College teams could never score against an NBA team. They’d get locked down so bad, and almost every player in the league could create their own shot against a college team.

    It’d be a massacre.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I think Gary Williams has sweated some of his brain cells out.

  • MirChilly

    They wouldn’t beat the wizards but they it would be a great game against the bobcats. They might just beat the bobcats tho honestly. Davis would dominate that front line and UK backcourt can run with the bobcats. Cal is a better coach too. I would pay to see that game.

  • Heals

    Used to get worked up when I heard this nonsense debated (looking at you ESPN), now I just laugh at the idiot that proposes it and move on. Glad to see no one else is taking the bait…

  • http://cnbc.com New_Guy

    Michigan state could probably make the playlets in the eastern conference though

  • http://cnbc.com New_Guy

    Playoffs*

  • LA Huey

    Only chance a collegiate squads beats an NBA team is if the rules are: “1st basket wins”

  • http://slamonline slams chuck barkley

    Unknown with the nice burn on luke. Corey maggette and dj augustin would make kentucky cry. That biyombo dude would hold his own against davis. Would. Not. Be . Close.

  • Justin G.

    I agree as well but a team of college players did beat the ’92 Dream Team. Just throwing it out there. :-)

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