Everyone loves to hate on a Dukie. Duke has been good for so long, so dominant, and utterly annoying that some fans just can’t help themselves. From Christian Laettner to J.J. Redick, these are all the cats you wish you could’ve been and to see them stunting on the basketball world like bigger versions of Kanye West is tough. It is.
Hating is one thing. Every fanbase does it. Just don’t be unrealistic. Duke has had NBA busts just like every other school. But contrary to what some haters believe, they’ve also had some incredible NBA players.
Even though his time in Durham lasted all of 11 games because of injury, Kyrie Irving is the latest player to add to this list. In just four NBA seasons, Irving has already racked up three All-Star appearances, one of them being an MVP, as well as three years averaging 20 points per game or more and the unofficial title of best ball-handler in the world. (Sorry, Steph.) Remember when your boy was saying the Cavs needed to take Derrick Williams over him? Yeah, what’s he saying now?
He’s been good enough to warrant Nike giving him his own signature sneaker, the Kyrie 1, and tomorrow we’ll see a Duke-themed colorway of the shoe dropping at Champs Sports. Complete with inspiration taken straight from Australian architecture, as well as Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot, Hyperfuse construction, and 360-degree dynamic traction on the sole and side walls, this is the sneaker we’re expecting to takeover the next generation for Nike. And this Duke “Brotherhood” colorway is going to be a hit. No doubt about it.
To prepare you, we’re ranking the greatest talents to ever come out of Coach K‘s program. These are the Best Duke Basketball Players to Ever Play in the NBA.
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