7. Christian Laettner
Speaking of the most hated Dukies of all time, you remember Christian Laettner! Laettner might well be one of the most hated athletes in any sport ever, but he was also one of the finest players in college basketball history. Laettner always felt like a massive disappointment in the NBA, but the truth is that he had a perfectly nice career, even making an All Star team with the Atlanta Hawks.
He averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds a game his first five seasons before nagging injuries continued to erode on his abilities and steal his prime. His greatest post-Duke basketball accomplishment was of course being the 12th man on the original Dream Team, also known as not Shaq or Isiah for reasons we’ll never know.