Blog Entry

Best All-Time Duke Starting Lineups

Posted on: April 9, 2009 12:04 pm

 Who would be the best teams that you could place on the court from all of the Duke players between 1980-present?  This is a question that a friend asked me that I thought was interesting.  I've put down my thoughts on the subject but would like any feedback or comments.  I've seperated the teams by 1st team and 2nd team.  The idea behind this was to use a PG, SG, SF, PF, and C for each team that would compliment each other and create the most dominate COLLEGE basketball team.  The ratings for the players are based on their performance as a Duke player and not as a professional in the NBA.  My list is as follows:

1st Team:

PG:  Jason Williams 2000-2002

SG:  Johnny Dawkins 1983-1986

SF:  Grant Hill 1991-1994

PF:  Christian Laettner 1989-1992

C:  Elton Brand 1998-1999

2nd Team:

PG:  Bobby Hurley 1990-1993

SG:  J.J. Redick 2003-2006

SF:  Mike Dunleavy 2000-2002

PF:  Shane Battier 1998-2001

C:  Danny Ferry 1986-1989

A funny question for these two teams is which one would win in a matchup?  Their both built with great Duke players but how would their chemistry be?  I really had a hard time with picking Dawkins over Redick but it came down to defense and athleticism.  The SF position for the second team was hard also.  I went with Dunleavy because he had a great scoring mentality along with his height and length.



Category: NCAAB
Tags: Duke

Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2009 3:06 pm

Best All-Time Duke Starting Lineups

Thats alright, Carolina now has their "Laettner" in Hansbrough.  It will be nice to watch him "play below his potential"

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2009 8:15 am

Best All-Time Duke Starting Lineups

Its Duke! Who cares... they all went to play below their potential in the NBA.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:53 pm

Best All-Time Duke Starting Lineups

Good list. Couple of builds.
- Art Heyman over Mike Dunleavy easy.
- Mike Gminski 1st team Center
- Danny Ferry  2nd team Center
- Shelden Williams 2nd team PF Shane played all over but really is a 3 and shoudln't make the list over Heyman or Hill.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:40 pm

Best All-Time Duke Starting Lineups

clearly you are a lost soul. jj was solid last night. at least he would have put his hands up at the end.

Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2009 4:48 pm

Best All-Time Duke Starting Lineups

Not bad at all!  I would like to put together a 3rd team and get Quinn snyder, Wojo, and maybe Cherokee Parks on there.  Help me add more while typing a drew a blank for that one.  Oh wait Langdon, and Deng need to be there somewhere.  I give Deng crdit because he smashed on Carolina.  Thats a instant +

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2009 1:05 am

Best All-Time Duke Starting Lineups

At point gaurd Jason Williams made first team and Bobby Hurley second.  And even more striking was your choice of Elton Brand over Danny Ferry. 

Never will someone mistake me for a hardcore Duke fan, but how does Elton Brand's single season give him the credibility of an all-time team member. 

Bobby Hurley took the Blue Devils to 3 Final Fours while he was at Duke and won back to back titles in 1990 and '91.  I was lucky enough to witness the '91 team in the tournament.  And I can't imagine how of the three top players from that team, Hurley is left off the 1st team.

Outside of those two points, I like your teams.  Nice work putting it together.

Did anyone notice J.J. runnning aimlessly last night on defense.  Good thing he is a tremendous outside shooter.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or