Duke basketball: 10 best NBA careers in Blue Devils history

Duke basketball legends Kyrie Irving and Jason Williams (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball legends Kyrie Irving and Jason Williams (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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No. 1 Greatest Duke basketball careers in NBA: Kyrie Irving

NBA Career Stats: 23.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, 47.2 FG%, 39.1 3PT%

Nonsense aside, Kyrie Irving is one of the most gifted players to ever pick up a basketball.

It was on display during his short time at Duke and has certainly carried over to the NBA where his list of accomplishments are lengthy.

Most important, he is an NBA Champion and played a massive role in bringing the Cleveland Cavaliers its first title in franchise history.

The organization drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 where he quickly was named as the Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Irving has averaged at least 20.8 points per game in 10 of his 12 seasons in the NBA, where he is an eight-time All-Star, All-NBA Second Team selection, and two-time All-NBA Third Team selection.

Kyrie Irving was named as the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game in 2014 and in 2019 he became just the ninth player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club in which a player shoots at least 50.0-percent from the field, 40.0-percent from 3-point range, and 90.0-percent from the free throw line.

Irving has found himself in the crosshairs of a lot of criticism over the last several seasons for his off-court antics but when the New Jersey native is on a basketball court there is no one who can deny his pure talent for the game.

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