Blue Devils Open As NBA's Top Alumni Group

Last night the NBA tipped off the 2008-2009 season. For the fourth time in the past five years it is the alumni of head coach Mike Krzyzewski's program who are leading the way in both numbers of alumni in the league and aggregate salary paid.

Most Players in the NBA - 2008-09 Opening Day
Duke: 14
Connecticut: 12
UCLA: 12
Kansas: 11
North Carolina: 11
Kentucky: 9
Arizona: 9
Florida: 9
Georgia Tech: 9
Michigan State: 8
Texas: 8

2008-09 Highest-Paid College Alumni Groups in the NBA
Duke: $74,307,096
Arizona: $73,621,905
North Carolina: $69,082,854
Connecticut: $66,523,212
Kansas: $61,359,781
Georgia Tech: $48,528,657
Michigan State: $45,785,710
UCLA: $43,864,637

The Past Five Years - Duke in the NBA on Opening Night
2004-05: $61,741,501 (1st overall) -- 10 players (2nd overall)
2005-06: $63,808,762 (1st overall) -- 11 players (1st overall)
2006-07: $76,576,953 (1st overall) -- 13 players (2nd overall)
2007-08: $63,170,326 (3rd overall) -- 12 players (T2nd overall)
2008-09: $74,307,096 (1st overall) -- 14 players (1st overall)


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