In honor of Duke’s championship win over Wisconsin we are ranking all of the former Blue Devils in the NBA.
The Rules are:
Current NBA Players Only
– Grant Hill had a great NBA career. He’s a college basketball broadcaster now, not an NBA player.
Current Level of Play
Elton Brand was one of the best players in the NBA at one point. Now he’s a bench player on the Hawks.
Duke Performance Doesn’t Matter
JJ Redick is arguably the greatest Blue Devil of all time. Kyrie Irving only played 11 games for Duke. That doesn’t matter.
Irving’s point guard numbers aren’t elite but if you consider him a two guard playing next to Lebron he’s second to only James Harden.
Redick is averaging a career high 16.4 PPG with the Clippers this season.
A couple years ago Deng would definitely be ahead of Redick. Deng is still a really solid all around player but he’s not as good as he was with the Bulls.
Dunleavy might be considered a bust but he’s found a nice role with the Bulls. He’s shooting 42% from three this year.
Henderson is an underrated two way player.
The younger Plumlee is a decent backup big man. Terrible free throw shooter, but decent big man.
We don’t have enough information to rank Jabari any higher. He could be on top of this list at this time next year.
The other Duke rookie has had a nice season for the Jazz. He’s made 17 starts for Utah.
Singler is an OK rotational player.
Boozer may be a backup on an awful team but he’s still an alright player.
Plumlee has had a rough year after a nice season as Phoenix’s starting center last year. He’s not that bad of a player.
Rivers has looked good at times for the Clippers. He’s looked terrible at times as well.
Thomas has made 20 starts for the Knicks this year but (insert unathletic guy you know) could start for the Knicks this year.
Brand is not the player he used to be. Not even close. He barely plays for the Hawks.
Kelly is really bad but at least he’s playing.
Jones was out of the NBA for all of the 2013-2014 season. He’s barely in it this season
Randolph was just released by the Celtics after only playing in five games. This was on the same day as the Blue Devils win over Wisconsin.