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The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time 

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Many colleges have long traditions of NCAA basketball that breed great talent for the NBA. When thinking of some of the best college basketball players of all time, the Duke Blue Devils are one of the best. Here is a list of the best Duke Blue Devils of all time! Take a look at our list of Duke Blue Devils basketball players and vote for your favorites!

From famous all time Duke greats like Christian Laettner and Grant Hill, to other lesser known players, this a great list of the top Duke Blue Devils basketball players. So, take a look at these great Duke Blue Devils and vote up the ones you like the best!

Who are the greatest Duke Blue Devils of all time? The best basketball players in Duke history? Be sure to vote up your favorites!

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Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

Birthplace: Angola, New York

Nationality: United States of America

1988 - 1992

NCAA Champion (1991, 1992)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1991)

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2
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Phoenix Suns

1990 - 1994

NCAA Champion (1991, 1992)

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#72 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #23 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Ringslisted on Mormon Politicians

3
J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

Birthplace: Cookeville, Tennessee

Nationality: United States of America

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

2002 - 2006

Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected ...more

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#191 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #83 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #50 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

4
Zion Williamson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Charles Rothman added Small forward, Power forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

2018 - 2019

Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Listed at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) ...more

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5
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: United States of America, Australia

Team: Brooklyn Nets

2010 - 2011

Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year ...more

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The Best Kyrie 4 Colorways, Ranked #52 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #23 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

6
Jay Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard

Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

1999 - 2002

NCAA Champion (2001)

7
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Miami Heat

1997 - 2001

NCAA Champion (2001)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2001)

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#464 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #59 of 136 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #196 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

8
Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

1989 - 1993

NCAA Champion (1991, 1992)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1992)

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9
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
AndrewNewman added Small forward

Team: Boston Celtics

2016 - 2017

Jayson Christopher Tatum (born March 3, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of St. Louis, Missouri, ...more

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#342 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #17 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #85 of 94 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

10
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

Birthplace: Cortlandt, Cortlandt Manor, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

1997 - 1999

Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player and the current general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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#211 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #108 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #78 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

11
Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Nationality: United States of America

1982 - 1986

Johnny Earl Dawkins Jr. (born September 28, 1963) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the UCF men's basketball team. From 2008 to 2016, he was the head ...more

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12
Marvin Bagley III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Mets added Power forward

Team: Sacramento Kings

2017 - 2018

Marvin Bagley III (born March 14, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
13
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

Birthplace: Aschaffenburg, Germany

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Chicago Bulls

1999 - 2002

NCAA Champion (2001)

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#570 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #129 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #79 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

14
R.J. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
rjpal added Shooting guard

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Team: New York Knicks

2018 - 2019

Rowan Alexander "RJ" Barrett Jr. (born June 14, 2000) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A shooting ...more

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#331 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #179 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #38 of 94 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

15
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
mets10 added Brandon Ingram Small forward

Birthplace: Kinston, North Carolina

Nationality: United States of America

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

2015 - 2016

Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Los ...more
16
Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Power forward, Small forward

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Team: Atlanta Hawks

2013 - 2014

Jabari Ali Parker (born March 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks ...more

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#371 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #122 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #32 of 94 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

17
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Center

Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nationality: United States of America

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

2014 - 2015

NCAA Champion (2015)

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#846 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #213 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #73 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

18
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

1999 - 2002

NCAA Champion (2001)

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19
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

Birthplace: Wau, South Sudan

Nationality: United Kingdom

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

2003 - 2004

Luol Ajou Deng (born 16 April 1985) is a British professional basketball player who last played for Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a two-time NBA ...more

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20
Grayson Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard

Team: Memphis Grizzlies

2014 - 2018

NCAA Champion (2015)

21
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

Birthplace: Hyattsville, Maryland

Nationality: United States of America

1985 - 1989

Daniel John Willard Ferry (born October 17, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player. He most recently served as interim general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. ...more

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22
Kyle Singler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Forward, Power forward

Birthplace: Medford, Oregon, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

2007 - 2011

NCAA Champion (2010)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2010)

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23
Justise Winslow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Small forward / Point guard

Team: Miami Heat

Justise Jon Winslow (born March 26, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Duke ...more

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24
Quinn Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Guard

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Quinn Alexander Cook (born March 23, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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25
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Denver Nuggets

2009 - 2013

NCAA Champion (2010)

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