Five Duke basketball players in first round of NBA draft big draw
The 2022 NBA Draft takes place on June 23 — exactly two weeks away — and there’s still a chance Duke’s basketball program could match Kentucky’s record feat in 2010 by placing five of its players in the first round.
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At least one well-respected big board this week projects a Blue Devil first-round quintet (three one-and-dones, a sophomore and a junior).
Before listing where they appear, let’s examine, for comparison, where these 2010 Wildcats (four one-and-dones and one junior) exited the board on draft night:
- 1 – John Wall
- 5 – Cousins of DeMarcus
- 14 – Patrick Patterson
- 18- Eric Bledsoe
- 29-Daniel Orton
This equates to an average placement of 13.4 drafts. In other words, it averages around the end of the 14 lottery picks.
This year’s five Blue Devils are unlikely to surpass that standard as a unit. However, if judging solely by this week’s results large updated chart via CBS Sportsthey could get closer (the following averages at 16.2):
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- 3 – Paolo Banchero
- 6 – AJ Griffin
- 18-Marc Williams
- 25-Wendell Moore
- 29 – Trevor Bowling
Duke Basketball Draft Predictions, per SI.com
SI.com’s most recent simulation draft, courtesy of Jeremy Woo on Monday, shows four Duke products in round one and one at the start of round two (note that all three one-and-dones land with the same franchise):
- 2 – Banchero at the Oklahoma City Thunder
- 11 – Williams at New York Knicks
- 12 – Griffin to the Thunder (Los Angeles Clippers)
- 28 – Moore at the Golden State Warriors
- 34 – Bowling Thunder
Four Blue Devils have become first-round picks in the same NBA draft on only one occasion. And it may surprise some people that it wasn’t this century.
No, it happened in 1999, with the following Duke names making the top 14 draft picks: Elton Brand (1), Trajan Langdon (11), Corey Maggette (13) and William Avery (14).
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