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How many former Kentucky stars made NBA 2K’s all-time teams?

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) brought eh ball up court as Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) trailed in the 1st quarter as the Washington Wizards played the Sacramento Kings in a preseason game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, October 15, 2016. The game featured the return to Lexington of former UK stars DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere of the Sacramento Kings along with John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) brought eh ball up court as Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) trailed in the 1st quarter as the Washington Wizards played the Sacramento Kings in a preseason game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, October 15, 2016. The game featured the return to Lexington of former UK stars DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere of the Sacramento Kings along with John Wall of the Washington Wizards. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The latest release in the NBA 2K series, “NBA 2K18,” will feature all-time teams for each of the NBA’s 30 franchises. Several former University of Kentucky stars made the cut, according to a post from game’s official Facebook page.

A total of 10 former Wildcats are on rosters — some appearing for more than one team. Six of those players selected are still playing.

▪  DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, both currently with the New Orleans Pelicans, and Jamal Mashburn are on that franchise’s all-time roster along with Mashburn. Davis and Mashburn are default starters for the team while Cousins is the highest-rated reserve.

▪  Cousins is also listed as a reserve for the Sacramento Kings.

▪  Rajon Rondo, a Louisville native, and Antoine Walker both are listed as backups for the Boston Celtics. Rondo, who played for the Celtics from 2006-2014 and won an NBA title in 2008 as the team’s starting point guard, is currently with the Pelicans. Walker played for the Celtics from 1996-2003 and in 2005, and won a title with the Miami Heat in 2006.

▪  Mashburn is a reserve for the Dallas Mavericks. Mashburn played four seasons with the Mavericks and averaged 19.1 points over his 12-year NBA career.

▪  Dan Issel is the starting center for the Denver Nuggets. Issel spent the beginning of his professional career in the ABA with the Kentucky Colonels, with whom he won a league championship. He is Denver’s all-time leader in rebounds and its second all-time leading scorer.

▪  Eric Bledsoe is a reserve for the Los Angeles Clippers. He currently is on the Phoenix Suns roster.

▪  Karl-Anthony Towns, who was drafted first overall in 2015 and won Rookie of the Year in 2016, is a reserve for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

▪  John Wall and Rex Chapman are both on the Washington Wizards roster. Wall, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Wizards in 2010 and recently signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension with the franchise, is a starter. Chapman, who played for Washington from 1992-1995 and when they were known as the Bullets, is a reserve.

Some other notable inclusions outside of UK guys are:

▪  Wes Unseld, a former Seneca High School star who played at the University of Louisville, is a starter for the Washington Wizards. He helped lead that franchise, then known as the Bullets, to its only NBA championship in 1978.

▪  Allan Houston, who played at Ballard High School in Louisville before starring at the University of Tennessee, is a starting guard for the New York Knicks.

▪  Darrell Griffith, a Louisville native who played at Male High School and for U of L, is a reserve for the Utah Jazz.

▪  Dave Cowens, a Newport native who played for Newport Catholic, is a reserve for the Boston Celtics.

▪  Christian Laettner, whom UK fans have no trouble remembering, is a reserve for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

▪  Hal Greer, who grew up across the river in Huntington, W.Va., before playing at Marshall University, is a starter for the Philadelphia 76ers.

▪  Hassan Whiteside, who also played at Marshall, is a reserve for the Miami Heat.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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