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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:

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