5 Best Duke Basketball Alumni in the NBA in 2024

23 Blue Devils are representing Duke in the NBA right now. Here are the best five.
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4- Paolo Banchero

Only in his second season in the NBA, Paolo Banchero is already one of the best Duke alumni in the league. After being the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Banchero has been among the best young players in the NBA. Not only did he win the Rookie of the Year awards, he got his first All-Star selection this year.

The 21-year-old forward’s best years are ahead of him but Banchero has already got the Orlando Magic in the playoff picture, making them one of the most dangerous young teams in the NBA. Averaging 22.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game, Banchero has been an all-around offensive force from the get-go. He can get to the basket, finish around the rim, get to the free-throw line and shoot from the perimeter, while being an excellent playmaker for his size.

Not many 6’10 players can handle the ball, pass, and score as well as Banchero does from such an early age. Future is bright for the young man.

3- Zion Williamson

Another No. 1 overall pick who has been a dominant physical force in the NBA from such an early age is Zion Williamson.

Brandon Ingram’s teammate in New Orleans, Williamson is one of the most uniquely talented players in the NBA. One of the strongest power forwards in the league, Williamson has a rare combination of size, athleticism, playmaking, and finishing. Just like in his Duke days, Zion continues to be an unstoppable offensive player in the NBA.

Despite being a two-time All-Star, Williamson has struggled with injuries and availability throughout his professional career. In fact, he only played 161 games (less than two seasons worth) in almost five seasons. Yet, when he plays, there aren’t too many offensive players in the league better than him, with career averages of 24.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game on 59.8% shooting from the field.