Actual NBA players actually believe Kentucky could beat 76ers

Last week, Kentucky unleashed its talent on an unsuspecting basketball public. Playing on national TV against Kansas at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of a host of NBA scouts and executives the Kentucky monolith — featuring likely Lottery picks for next year Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and Andrew Harrison — the squad of super freshman led by John Calipari put on a show.

And it raised the age-old question: Could the best college team beat the worst NBA team?

With the 76ers in full-on tank mode for a second straight year with virtually no players on the roster that are part of the team’s future — Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams might be the only exceptions — this question is gaining some traction in the #HotTake world of social media.

Adding fuel to the fire were a couple of Kentucky alums cheering on Big Blue.

Eric Bledsoe later admitted he was joking, but said to Dei Lynam of CSN Philadelphia:

I’ll definitely take Kentucky. I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.

DeMarcus Cousins joined in the fun and added:

I’mma roll with Kentucky as well,” the Kings big man said. “Honestly I don’t know much about the 76ers. I’ll probably go with Kentucky.

Lynam further reported a NBA scout saying the Wildcats would give the 76ers a game. And Marc Stein reported Vegas would set the line at Philadelphia -17.

Kevin Trahan of SBNation simulated the seven-game series using NBA2K15. The Wildcats got one game and then in a season simulation won a league-worst seven games.

That sounds about right.

This debate needs to stop. No college team could beat any NBA team. Every player in the NBA was a star in college. It is men vs. boys. That is why we do not let these things happens.

The Sixers are the 30th best basketball team in the U.S. Maybe a D-League team could beat them. That would be the better argument.

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily

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