Duke 101: The NBA Phenomenon

Several discussions on the TDD Message Boards center around a few specific topics --Which school produces the best NBA players? Which school is the most successful? Just which program is the nation's best at this point? Historically? While Duke fans fight the good fight, often the discussions are lacking the kinds of cold hard facts that many detractors demand. <I>TDD</I> provides our premium subscribers with a listing of interesting facts and figures beginning with Duke and the NBA.

Dukies in the NBA:

- 10 Former Blue Devils are currently active in the NBA.

- Of those 10 active former Blue Devils in the NBA, the total contract value is $371,887,302.00. This includes rookie contract restrictions on player such as Mike Dunleavy, Luol Deng, and Dahntay Jones.

- The ten former Blue Devils in the NBA give head coach Mike Krzyzewski the most former players currently playing in the league at this time. UConn's Jim Calhoun is second on the list with nine. Lute Olsen, Rick Pitino, and Roy Williams tied for third with eight players each.

- Duke also leads the country with nine former players averaging 20 minutes or more per game with nine former Devils logging at least that many minutes. Kentucky and UConn are second with eight, while North Carolina is fourth with seven.

- The 10 former Blue Devils in the NBA played a combined 28 seasons at Duke. Over those assumed 28 years they won: 19 ACC regular season titles (67.9%), 18 ACC Tournaments (64.3%), advanced to 27 Sweet 16s (96.4%), reached 16 Final Fours (57.4%), and won eight National Titles (28.6%).

- Among those 10 former Devils there are: Three National Players of the Year; Two National Defensive Players of the Year; Seven All-Americans; Nine All-ACC Selections; Eight first round picks; Seven Lottery picks.

- The total contract value of former Duke players in the NBA for the 2004-2005 season is $60,177,119, easily the highest total. Kentucky is second with a total of $54,144,541. Michigan is third at $52,626,950. North Carolina is fourth at $50,666,387.

- That total is all credited to Coach K, who leads Lute Olsen ($48,383,691) and Jim Calhoun ($45,236,660) among active coaches with former players in the league. Roy Williams is fifth on the list with a $39,675,624 tally.

Duke and the NBA Draft

- Coach K is the nation's top coach when it comes to producing NBA Draft Lottery Picks. The Blue Devil head coach has coached 12 lottery picks, five more than second place Lute Olsen. UConn's Jim Calhoun is tied for third all time with former North Carolina coach Dean Smith with six.

- As a program, Duke is the all time leader in producing NBA Lottery picks with 12. North Carolina is second with eight all time. Arizona, Michigan, and UNLV are tied for third with seven.

- Coach K is the nation's top coach when it comes to producing NBA Draft Lottery Picks. The Blue Devil head coach has coached 12 lottery picks, five more than second place Lute Olsen. UConn's Jim Calhoun is tied for third all time with former North Carolina coach Dean Smith with six.

- Since 1986 Duke has had the most first round picks (18) by two over North Carolina (16). Arizona is third with 14, while Georgia Tech has produced 13.

- Coach K has produced 18 first round picks since 1986, eight more than his closest competition, Arizona's Lute Olsen and North Carolina's Roy Williams who have 10 each in that time period.

- Since 1999 Duke has produced a staggering seven Lottery Picks. Uconn is second with four. Arizona and Kansas produced three in that time period.

Note: The next installment of Duke 101 will feature facts and figures on the team, it's travels, and some behind the scenes looks at the program.


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