Duke is undeniably one of the greatest college basketball programs of all time. Legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski has attracted top talent to the Blue Devils. As a result, fans have seen a long list of great players don the blue and white jerseys of Duke.
Fans of the Blue Devils are also familiar with one of the most repeated criticisms of their cherished program: that Duke doesn’t produce any good NBA players.
Why a fan of college basketball should be concerned with stocking the NBA with great players like some sort of de facto minor league team is unclear. Nevertheless, the criticism that Duke doesn’t deliver on NBA-level talent is something that’s become part of sports pop culture.
But the truth is that Duke has produced some quality NBA players. What follows is a list of the top five Blue Devils who put together quality NBA careers.