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  • Kentucky leads the nation with 27 players on NBA rosters, Duke next with 25

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    Kentucky leads all colleges with 27 players on opening-night NBA rosters, while Duke is in second with 25.

    Of the 17 NBA franchises featuring a Wildcat, eight have multiple Kentucky players. Detroit and Sacramento each have a trio of Wildcats on their roster while the Clippers, Lakers, Heat, Knicks, Hornets and Trail Blazers each have two.

    Wildcats in the NBA

    Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat

    Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns

    Brandon Boston Jr. – Los Angeles Clippers

    Anthony Davis – Los Angeles Lakers

    Hamidou Diallo – Detroit Pistons

    De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings

    Wenyen Gabriel – Los Angeles Lakers

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Oklahoma City Thunder

    Tyler Herro – Miami Heat

    Isaiah Jackson – Indiana Pacers

    Keldon Johnson – San Antonio Spurs

    Kevin Knox II – Detroit Pistons

    Trey Lyles – Sacramento Kings

    Tyrese Maxey – Philadelphia 76ers

    Malik Monk – Sacramento Kings

    Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets

    Nerlens Noel – Detroit Pistons

    Immanuel Quickley – New York Knicks

    Julius Randle – New York Knicks

    Nick Richards – Charlotte Hornets

    Olivier Sarr – Portland Trail Blazers

    Shaedon Sharpe – Portland Trail Blazers

    Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jarred Vanderbilt – Utah Jazz

    John Wall – Los Angeles Clippers

    PJ Washington – Charlotte Hornets

    Tyty Washington Jr. – Houston Rockets

    Duke’s 25 NBA players also join more than 30 former players, coaches, managers and Duke graduates that serve on NBA coaching staffs or in front office roles. That includes 1984 Duke graduate Adam Silver (NBA Commissioner), Grant Hill (part owner of the Atlanta Hawks), Elton Brand (General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers) and Trajan Landon (General Manager of the New Orleans Pelicans).

    Blue Devils in the NBA
    Grayson Allen – Milwaukee
    Marvin Bagley III – Detroit
    Paolo Banchero – Orlando
    RJ Barrett – New York
    Vernon Carey Jr. – Washington
    Wendell Carter Jr. – Orlando
    Seth Curry – Brooklyn*
    AJ Griffin – Atlanta
    Brandon Ingram – New Orleans
    Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn
    Jalen Johnson – Atlanta
    Tre Jones – San Antonio
    Tyus Jones – Memphis
    Trevor Keels – New York
    Luke Kennard – LA Clippers
    Wendell Moore Jr. – Minnesota
    Mason Plumlee – Charlotte
    Cam Reddish – New York
    Austin Rivers – Minnesota
    Jayson Tatum – Boston
    Gary Trent Jr. – Toronto
    Jack White – Denver
    Mark Williams – Charlotte
    Zion Williamson – New Orleans
    Justise Winslow – Portland
    * – inactive

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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