Duke basketball: Insane combined shooting stats from NBA Blue Devils

Former Duke basketball one-and-done Austin Rivers (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball one-and-done Austin Rivers (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball collection of NBA sharpshooters hasn’t quit heating up.

There’s no arguing that performances inside the NBA’s Disney bubble have put a couple of former Duke basketball marksmen on the map and further amplified the popularity of several others. Across the past three days alone since Ball Durham ranked the seven best Blue Devil triggers currently in Orlando, the numbers have reached a borderline-ridiculous state.

A total of 13 Duke basketball products have seen action in this span, combining to score 259 points with a 91-for-182 field goal clip (50.0 percent). That includes a remarkable 41-for-84 (48.8 percent) from downtown. Plus, they are 36-for-43  (83.7 percent) from the foul line since Saturday.

In respect to 3-pointers alone, taking out the two worst outings — 0-for-3 from Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry on Saturday and 1-for-6 from Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. on Monday — it would be 40-for-75 (53.3 percent). And those eliminations seem fair since Curry responded on Monday with 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-6 from deep, and Trent Jr. was 6-for-10 from long distance on Saturday; i.e., cold nights are outliers for those two.

Other notable hot hands among Duke basketball names

Let’s look at a few more stat lines, scoring-wise, from Blue Devils the past few days. There were the 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, from Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook on Saturday. And remember the 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including 4-for-10 from bonus land, on Sunday from Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen, a suddenly surging talent in the league.

Also from Sunday, don’t forget the 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting from New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson. Of course, his teammate and fellow former Blue Devil, JJ Redick, surprised no one by contributing 31 points while requiring only 16 field goal attempts, going 8-for-12 from beyond the arc.

Shortly thereafter, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum finalized his 29 points, including a clutch bucket to force overtime against the Orlando Magic. Next, highlighting the Dukies’ weekend, Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers poured in a career-high 41 points on 14-for-20 shooting from the field, including 6-for-11 from deep, and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Altogether, when it comes to finding efficient scoring, there’s no safer bet for NBA franchises right now than the shooting hands of former Blue Devils.

Related Story. The 100 greatest Blue Devils under Coach K. light

Stay tuned to Ball Durham for more on NBA Blue Devils plus other news and views regarding all things Duke basketball.