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Duke in the NBA Draft – By the Numbers

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With the 2017 NBA Draft just a few days away, and four Blue Devils waiting to hear their name called this year on draft night, we wanted to take a look at historical look at where each Duke player has been selected in the NBA Draft:

Pick Selection(s)
1 Art Heyman ('63) / Elton Brand ('99) / Kyrie Irving ('11)
2 Danny Ferry ('89) / Jay Williams ('02) / Jabari Parker ('14) / Brandon Ingram ('16)
3 Dick Groat ('53) / Christian Laettner ('92) / Grant Hill ('94) / Mike Dunleavy Jr. ('02) / Jahlil Okafor ('15)
4 -
5 Jeff Mullins ('64) / Jack Marin ('66) / Shelden Williams ('06)
6 Shane Battier ('01)
7 Mike Gminski ('80) / Bobby Hurley ('93) / Luol Deng ('04)
8 -
9 -
10 Johnny Dawkins ('86) / Austin Rivers ('12) / Justise Winslow ('15)
11 Trajan Langdon ('99) / J. J. Redick ('06)
12 Cherokee Parks ('95) / Gerald Henderson ('09)
13 Tate Armstrong ('77) / Corey Maggette ('99)
14 William Avery ('99)
15 -
16 Jim Spanarkel ('79)
17 -
18 Mark Alarie ('86)
19 -
20 Roshown McLeod ('98) / Dahntay Jones ('03)
21 Nolan Smith ('11)
22 Mason Plumlee ('13)
23 Rodney Hood ('14)
24 Tyus Jones ('15)
25 Bob Verga ('67) / Alaa Abdelnaby ('90)
26 Miles Plumlee ('12)
27 -
28 Gene Banks ('81)
29 Antonio Lang ('94)
30 -
31 -
32 Doug Kistler ('61) / Daniel Ewing ('05)
33 Gary Melchionni ('73) / Kyle Singler ('11)
34 Vince Taylor ('82)
35 Carlos Boozer ('02)
36 -
37 Josh McRoberts ('07)
38 Chris Duhon ('04)
39 Thomas Hill ('93)
40 Chris Carrawell ('00)
41 Erik Meek ('95)
42 -
43 -
44 -
45 -
46 -
47 -
48 Brian Davis ('92) / Ryan Kelly ('13)
49 Phil Henderson ('90)
50 -
51 -
52 -
53 -
54 -
55 -
56 -
57 -
58 David Henderson ('86)
59 -
60 -

Other selections of note (back when the NBA went more than two rounds and 60 total picks):

#61 – Randy Denton (’71)
#78 – Kenny Dennard (’81)
#111 – Mark Crow (’77)
#116 – Martin Nessley (’87)
#122 – Joe Kennedy (’68)

There has also been a number of Blue Devils to play in the NBA as undrafted free agents:

Bob Gantt (’46)
Shavlik Randolph (’05)
DeMarcus Nelson (’08)
Lance Thomas (’10)
Seth Curry (’13)
Andre Dawkins (’14)
Quinn Cook (’15)
Marshall Plumlee (’16)

There are a few interesting trends to watch for on Thursday. Will Jayson Tatum become the sixth Duke player to be selected #3 overall? Will Luke Kennard join fellow sharpshooters Trajan Langdon and J.J. Redick as the #11 selection? How many players will the Blue Devils add to their total of 41 first round draft picks?

Tune in Thursday night at 7pm EST on ESPN to find out.