Duke basketball is a tradition unlike any other in modern college basketball. And by modern basketball, I mean since Coach K took over. Coach K of course is legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has led the Blue Devils charge since taking the reins in 1980. During those four decades, Coach K’s Duke has made 12 Final Fours and cut down the championship nets five different times in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015.
During that time, Duke has seen a ton of basketball talent come through those doors on Tobacco Road. An incredible 55 different Blue Devils have played in the NBA since Coach K showed up, and plenty more are on the way. That includes Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish, all certain lottery picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, and it will surely include more names to come.
So who are the greatest NBA Dukies of all time? And which Blue Devil player has had the very best NBA career during Coach K’s reign? Let’s count them down from 25 to 1…As a bonus, after the top spot is revealed, we’ll take another walk down memory lane and revisit the 10 biggest NBA draft busts to graduate from Coach K’s Duke program.