College Sports The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best basketball players in the history of Duke Men's Basketball

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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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2010 - 2011

Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in West ...more

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584 250
Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1988 - 1992

NCAA Champion (1991, 1992)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1991)

Christian Donald Laettner is an American former basketball player, entrepreneur, and basketball coach. He had a distinguished college and Olympic team career. After college, he played for 6 ...more

3
542 225
J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

2002 - 2006

Jonathan Clay "J. J." Redick is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 11th overall by the ...more

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596 254
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1990 - 1994

NCAA Champion (1991, 1992)

Grant Henry Hill is a retired American basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association; the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, ...more

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421 164
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
AndrewNewman added Small forward

2016 - 2017

Jayson Christopher Tatum is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tatum attended hometown ...more

6
342 149
Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1997 - 2001

NCAA Champion (2001)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2001)

Shane Courtney Battier is a retired American professional basketball player who played for various teams of the National Basketball Association. He has also been a member of the U.S. national ...more

7
329 147
Jay Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard

1999 - 2002

NCAA Champion (2001)

Jason David 'Jay' Williams is an American former basketball player. He played college basketball for the Duke University Blue Devils and professionally for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. He last ...more

8
265 113
Marvin Bagley III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Mets added Power forward

2017 - 2018

Marvin Bagley III is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils and ...more

9
324 159
Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1989 - 1993

NCAA Champion (1991, 1992)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1992)

Robert Matthew "Bobby" Hurley is a former college and professional basketball player in the USA, and currently the head coach of the Arizona State basketball team. He was previously ...more

10
232 115
Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Power forward, Small forward

2013 - 2014

Jabari Ali Parker is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He was taken with the second overall pick in ...more

11
235 121
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

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

12
258 137
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
mets10 added Small forward

2015 - 2016

Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the ...more

13
195 114
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

1999 - 2002

NCAA Champion (2001)

Carlos Austin Boozer Jr. (born November 20, 1981) is an American retired professional basketball player. The two-time NBA All-Star played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls ...more

14
189 112
Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1982 - 1986

Johnny Earl Dawkins, Jr. is an American basketball coach and former player who is the current head coach of the Stanford Cardinal men's basketball team, a position he assumed in 2008. He was a ...more

15
89 35
Grayson Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard

2014 - 2018

NCAA Champion (2015)

Grayson James Allen is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at Duke University. During Allen's ...more

16
149 90
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

2003 - 2004

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

17
143 87
Danny Ferry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

1985 - 1989

Daniel John Willard "Danny" Ferry is the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks and a retired American professional basketball player. He is also the former Vice President of Basketball ...more

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141 88
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1999 - 2002

NCAA Champion (2001)

Michael Joseph Dunleavy Jr. (born September 15, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a pro scout for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball ...more

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46 8
Zion Williamson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Charles Rothman added Small forward, Power forward

2018 - present

Zion Williamson (born July 7, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Listed at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and 285 pounds (129 ...more

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137 89
Kyle Singler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Forward, Power forward

2007 - 2011

NCAA Champion (2010)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2010)

Kyle Edward Singler (born May 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Monbus Obradoiro of the Liga ACB. Singler was a four-year starter for the Duke men's basketball team and ...more

21
194 138
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Center

2014 - 2015

NCAA Champion (2015)

Jahlil Okafor (born December 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played his freshman season of ...more

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110 70
Jon Scheyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Point guard

2006 - 2010

NCAA Champion (2010)

Jonathan James "Jon" Scheyer is an American former basketball player, currently an assistant coach of the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team. Scheyer led his high school team to an ...more

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126 84
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

2009 - 2013

NCAA Champion (2010)

Mason Alexander Plumlee is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. As a freshman in 2009–10, he was a back-up forward for the Duke Blue ...more

24
109 71
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Guard

2013 - 2014

Rodney Michael Hood (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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49 16
R.J. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
rjpal added Shooting guard

2018 - present

Rowan Alexander "R. J." Barrett Jr. (born June 14, 2000) is a Canadian basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). A native of Mississauga, he ...more

26
94 54
Justise Winslow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Justise Jon Winslow is an American professional basketball player.

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109 73
Corey Maggette is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1998 - 1999

Corey Antoine Maggette is an American former professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He currently works as an analyst for Fox Sports.

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79 45
Wendell Carter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Mets added Power forward, Center

2017 - 2018

Wendell Andre Carter Jr. (born April 16, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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77 45
Luke Kennard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Luke Douglas Kennard is an American basketball player.

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98 69
Trajan Langdon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1994 - 1999

Trajan Shaka Langdon is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 3 ³⁄₄ in 210 lb. shooting guard, he first gained fame in the U.S. while playing college basketball at Duke

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48 22
Chris Duhon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard Chris Nicholas Duhon is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball team. Duhon was a point guard for the Duke ...more

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46 21
Mike Gminski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Center Michael Thomas "Mike" Gminski is a retired American college and professional basketball player. He is of Polish descent. In 2003, Mike was inducted into the National Polish American ...more

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55 30
Quinn Cook is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Guard Quinn Alexander Cook is an American college basketball player and the starting point guard for Duke University. He was one of the top rated basketball recruits in the class of 2011.

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43 20
Tyus Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Mets added Tyus Jones Point guard

2014 - 2015

NCAA Champion (2015)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2015)

Tyus Robert Jones (born May 10, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

35
62 42
Nolan Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Point guard

2007 - 2011

Nolan Derek Smith is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Duke University before ...more

36
42 22
Shelden Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Power forward, Center Shelden DeMar Williams is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Tianjin Ronggang of China. He played college basketball at Duke University, where his #23 jersey was ...more

37
64 48
Seth Curry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Guard Seth Adham Curry is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Curry played ...more

38
74 66
Jay Bilas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Center

1982 - 1986

Jay Scot Bilas is an American college basketball analyst for ESPN, a former NCAA Tournament Announcer with CBS Sports, as well as former college basketball player. He is also a practicing

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25 17
Steve Wojciechowski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard

1994 - 1998

Steve "Wojo" Wojciechowski is an American basketball coach and former player of Polish origin. He is currently the head coach at Marquette University, having previously served as ...more

40
24 13
Jeff Mullins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Jeffrey Vincent "Jeff" Mullins is a retired American basketball player and coach. He played college basketball with the Duke Blue Devils and in the National Basketball Association with ...more

41
33 22
Miles Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Forward, Power forward, Center Miles Plumlee is a Forward on the Duke men's basketball team.

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49 38
Austin Rivers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Austin James Rivers is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Rivers led Winter Park High School to ...more

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32 22
Gary Trent Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Shooting guard Gary Dajaun Trent Jr. (born January 18, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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22 13
Jim Spanarkel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added James Gerard "Jim" Spanarkel is an American television analyst for the Brooklyn Nets on the YES Network and College Basketball on CBS. Spanarkel, who himself was a professional ...more

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23 15
Ryan Kelly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Forward Ryan Matthew Kelly is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Duke ...more

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20 12
Gene Banks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Shooting guard, Small forward Eugene Lavon "Gene" Banks is a retired American professional basketball player. He is one of a handful of players to make high school All-America three times. He was named to the ...more

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16 9
Mark Alarie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Mark Steven Alarie is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He was listed at 6'8" and 217 lb. Alarie attended Brophy College Preparatory, where he was the ...more

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Art Heyman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Guard

1960 - 1963

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1963)

Arthur Bruce "Art" Heyman was an American professional basketball player.

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16 10
Lance Thomas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Power forward Lance Thomas is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Duke ...more

50
22 17
Josh McRoberts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Power forward, Center Joshua Scott "Josh" McRoberts is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. McRoberts, a 6 ft 10 in power ...more