Coach K: no NBA HoFers to his credit?

Johnny Dawkins, former DukieI’m watching the Bulls/Magic game and it got me thinking (because there are two former Blue Devils on the Chicago roster and one more playing for Orlando) about Mike Krzschefvzksky-era Duke players and the NBA. Duke has won a bunch during his tenure and they’ve put a number of players in the pros, but none have really ripped the lid off. Lots of okay players, talented guys who help(ed) their teams. But not so much in the big dog category.

I’m trying to figure out who the best former Dukies would be and am wondering if there’s a HoFer in the bunch. I guess the best of the lot would be Johnny Dawkins, Grant Hill and Carlos Boozer? Maybe Elton Brand? Am I missing anybody?

If so, has there ever been a more epic combination of great college/weak pro talent?

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  1. David Kowalski
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Grant Hill was the best of the bunch till he got injured. He led the Pistons in scoring, rebounds and assists one year and was consistently a 20+ ppg scorer peaking at 25 ppg. Then he got hurt, made a couple of comebacks and wound up with career numbers of 17.5 ppg and 16,000 points.

    Coach K’s teams were built around very good but not great players who would most likely stay all four years. Carolina, otoh, had better talent but it has been less likely to stay. Better talent , maybe not better teams.

    The only HOF member from Coach K’s years so far has been the coach himself.

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