2011 NBA Draft Results: Winner -- Duke University with Picks at 1, 21 and 33
The Duke Blue Devils’ track record speaks for itself. Four national titles. FifteenFinal Four appearances. Countless All-Americans. Blah, blah, blah.
Still, you call them goody-goodies. Your friends say they complain too much. Some folks insist they get all the calls. The record books suggest they get most of the wins. If they’re not the most polarizing program in the country, they’re right up there. And with three former Devils being promoted to the NBA last night – No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving, No. 21 Nolan Smith and No. 33 Kyle Singler-that fervor will only continue.
Here’s a peek at how the “other” Blue Devils will pan out in the league…
Nolan Smith- From high school, Smith’s been a winner. He played hard. He drained open 15-footers. He handled himself exceptionally well off the court. The same traits followed him to Durham, where he even led the ACC in scoring last year. In the NBA, he’ll be a Mario Chalmers-esque supporting guy. That won’t translate to many all-star appearances, but it will lead to a steady paycheck and a possible Western Conference Finals trip or two with Portland. (Prediction: Zero all-star appearances)
Kyle Singler- He could be the next Andres Nocioni. He’ll probably end up a less-athletic Matt Barnes. Nothing against Singler. Liked his hustle. Loved his will to win even more. It’s just that at the next level, it’s going to take speed and strength to succeed. Kyle just doesn’t have enough of either. (Prediction: Zero all-star appearances)
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