DeMarcus Cousins Is First John Calipari-coached UK Player in NBA Finals

During his 10 years as the head coach at the University of Kentucky, John Calipari has produced countless first-round draft picks.

But none of those players have ever appeared in the NBA Finals.

Until Thursday, when Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is expected to play in Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors.

It's a stunning nugget at first glance, but when you think about it, most of the top talent he sends to the NBA usually goes to bad teams picking at the top of the NBA Draft, not playoff contenders.

[RELATED: How the Warriors should use Cousins]

Cousins has been out since tearing his quad muscle in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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