Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said Wednesday that he would pick Kentucky to beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a hypothetical seven-game series.
"I'll definitely take Kentucky," Bledsoe said on Sirius XM NBA radio. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game."
Bledsoe was then told that his words would serve as bulletin board material, to which he responded by saying "I know they're going to be mad, but I love my Wildcats."
Kentucky, ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, is 3-0 this season. The Wildcats beat No. 5 Kansas 72-40 at the Champions Classic tournament in Indianapolis on Tuesday. Six Kentucky players are listed in DraftExpress' 2015 mock draft, including two among the top 10 projected picks.
Bledsoe played one season at Kentucky (2009-10) before being selected in the first round of the 2010 draft. Over 11 games this season, the 6-foot-1 guard has averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists while helping the Phoenix Suns post a 6-5 record.
The 76ers are 0-10 this season and have lost seven of their games by at least 10 points, including a 25-point blowout in San Antonio on Monday.
At this year's draft, Philadelphia selected center Joel Embiid, who is expected to miss time with a foot injury, and traded rookie point guard Elfrid Payton to the Magic in exchange for European forward Dario Saric, who is expected to spend at least one season overseas before entering the NBA, and a future first-rounder.
The 76ers' payroll of roughly $37 million is the lowest in the league by more than $15 million, according to hoopshype.com.