Duke In The Draft

With former Blue Devil Josh McRoberts poised to join the ranks of Duke alumni in the NBA, TheDevilsDen.com has compiled a group of statistics that prove head coach Mike Krzyzewski's tenure in Durham has been among the most productive in terms of NBA talent.

When McRoberts is selected on Thursday, he will become the 39th player chosen out of Coach K's program. If, as most analysts project, McRoberts is selected in the first round of the draft, he will become the 21st Blue Devil first rounder Coach K has produced. The 21 first round picks is second on the all-time list.

Since the NBA shortened the draft to just two rounds in 1989, the Blue Devils have amassed an amazing overall presence in the annual event. During that time Duke has produced more total draft picks (27), first round picks (18), and lottery picks (14) than any program in the country. Arizona ranks second in total picks with 24, while North Carolina ranks second in first-round (16) and lottery picks (10).

Through the 2006 NBA Draft, Coach K leads all active Division I coaches in producing first round picks. Over that time period 20 Blue Devils have been chosen in the draft - more than Arizona's Lute Olsen (15), Connecticut's Jim Calhoun (14), Kansas turned North Carolina coach Roy Williams (14), Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (13).

Beginning with the 1985 NBA Draft, the Blue Devils started producing more draftees than any other program in the country with 20. North Carolina has produced 19 over that time period, followed by Connecticut's 14. Georgia Tech and Kentucky round out the top five with 13 picks each.

Producing NBA players is one thing, but Krzyzewski has also excelled in turning out lottery picks. No coach in history has produced more than Coach K's 14 - a full five better than the tie for second place between Jim Calhoun and Roy Williams. Lute Olsen has sent eight players to the lottery in his career, while Dean Smith managed six.

As a program the Blue Devils have produced 14 total lottery picks, followed by North Carolina (12), Connecticut (9), Arizona (8), Michigan (7), and UNLV (7).


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