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Nine recent Duke basketball early departees lacking NBA contract

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In 2020, the Duke basketball program set an ACC record with 26 former players on opening-day NBA rosters. With 25 under contract immediately, this system is flirting with that record for next season.

In other words, NBA Blue Devils will once more account for roughly five percent of everyone within the league.

Sure, that is impressive.

But that number is perhaps significantly greater if among the names below had stayed in Durham a 12 months or two longer to further hone their skills before entering the skilled ranks.

Notable Duke basketball products without an NBA home

Yes, a few of these guys probably made the fitting decision to bolt from the Blue Devils on the time. Several appeared to don’t have anything else left to prove as a collegian.

Moreover, it’s price noting that a couple of might latch on with an NBA franchise before the season begins in mid-October.

For now, though, these nine, who left Duke with eligibility remaining, don’t seem like a part of any team’s 2022-23 equation:

Jabari Parker: Played for Duke in 2013-14; left three years of eligibility on the table; last played for the Boston Celtics in 2021-22.

Rodney Hood: Played for Duke in 2013-14; left two years of eligibility on the table; last played for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2021-22.

Jahlil Okafor: Played for Duke in 2014-15; left three years of eligibility on the table; last played for the Detroit Pistons in 2020-21.

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Harry Giles: Played for Duke in 2016-17; left three years of eligibility on the table; last played for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2020-21.

Frank Jackson: Played for Duke in 2016-17; left three years of eligibility on the table; last played for the Detroit Pistons in 2021-22.

Trevon Duval: Played for Duke in 2017-18; left three years of eligibility on the table; last played for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018-19.

Marques Bolden: Played for Duke in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19; left one 12 months of eligibility on the table; last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2020-21.

Cassius Stanley: Played for Duke in 2019-20; left three years of eligibility on the table; last played for the Detroit Pistons in 2021-22.

Matthew Hurt: Played for Duke in 2019-20 and 2020-21; left three years of eligibility on the table (attributable to the free 12 months of eligibility from the COVID-depleted 2020-21 season); has never played in an NBA game.

Oops, there is a tenth:

DJ Steward: Played for Duke in 2020-21; left 4 years of eligibility on the table; has never played in an NBA game.

What is the lesson here? Well, when unsure, consider staying at Duke.

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