Duke Basketball: Power Ranking All of Their NBA First-Round Draft Picks

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Duke Basketball: Power Ranking All of Their NBA First-Round Draft Picks
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When college basketball legacies are discussed, several teams immediately come into mind. Kansas, Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA all have storied histories and tradition, places where the three most important things are basketball, basketball and basketball.

All have had star players and national champions and Final Fours. All have had high-profile coaches and programs since, it seems, the beginning of time.

Duke University belongs with this group.

Because of their commitment to continuity and excellence, the Blue Devils brought home their fourth national championship last season, solidifying their spot as one of the all-time great programs.

Many tremendous college players have seen action with the Blue Devils. Most of these players have gone on to successful careers in something other than basketball. Some were fortunate enough to play basketball professionally and a handful (a few handfuls) were taken in the first round of the NBA draft.

For some, it was a blessing, and for others it seemed a curse, reminding us as fans that the two levels of basketball are very difficult to compare.

With apologies to Dick Groat and Art Heyman, here is a graded list of Duke first-round picks and how they fared in the NBA. Based on production, longevity and success, this is one person's look at how the first-rounders rate overall.

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