The NBA released its schedule for the upcoming season on Wednesday. Here are some of the top matchups involving the league's growing list of former University of Kentucky Wildcats. Note that all times listed are Eastern.
Anthony Davis and his New Orleans teammates will get another crack at NBA champion Golden State, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs with a four-game sweep in the first round last season.
The Warriors will host the Pelicans at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, on TNT.
Davis averaged 31.5 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots in 43 minutes against the Warriors during his first career playoff series. His averages for points, blocks and minutes were individual league bests for the 2015 playoffs.
The Pelicans were rarely on national television last season. Davis' rise as one of the best players in the league changed that. They'll have 13 nationally televised games — ESPN, ABC or TNT — this season. Twenty-five games on those networks is the maximum allowed for each team.
New Orleans' first home game, also against the Warriors, will come a few days later at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, on NBA TV.
Lottery picks' debuts
All four of Kentucky's lottery picks are scheduled to make their NBA debuts on the next night (Oct. 28).
Trey Lyles, the 12th overall pick by Utah, will likely be the first of UK's incoming rookie class to make his NBA debut. Utah opens on the road against Jodie Meeks and Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
Later in the night, Devin Booker will play his first official game as a Phoenix Sun with fellow former ex-Cats Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin. Phoenix will host Dallas at 10 p.m.
No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns' Minnesota Timberwolves debut will be against Julius Randle and the Los Angeles Lakers. That game will be at 10:30 p.m. and televised on ESPN.
Sacramento, another squad loaded with former Wildcats, hosts the Los Angeles Clippers at 10 p.m. in its opener. The Kings have their top draft pick, Willie Cauley-Stein, on the roster along with star DeMarcus Cousins and free agent addition Rajon Rondo.
Brother vs. brother
Brothers Andrew Harrison (drafted by Memphis) and Aaron Harrison (signed as a free agent by Charlotte) have a lot of work to do during the preseason to make their respective teams' rosters.
If so, they'll get two chances to face each other in December. It'll be Hornets at Grizzlies on Dec. 11 and Grizzlies at Hornets on Dec. 26.
The holiday's five-game schedule includes five former Wildcats.
■ Pelicans (Davis) at Heat: noon on ESPN.
■ Bulls at Thunder (Dakari Johnson and Enes Kanter): 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
■ Spurs at Rockets (Terrence Jones): 8 p.m. on ESPN.
■ Clippers at Lakers (Randle): 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Other games of notes
■ It'll be one game with seven ex-Cats when the Suns' and Kings' UK-heavy rosters square off for the first time of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Phoenix.
■ Rajon Rondo's short stint in Dallas last season didn't go well, to put it mildly. Now with the Kings, his first shot against the Mavericks will be on Monday, Nov. 30 in Sacramento.
■ Big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will square off four times during the season, with the first matchup coming on Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Sacramento.