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  1. #1
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    Blue Devils in the NBA 2023-2024

    It's time. The NBA regular season starts Tuesday with a doubleheader airing on TNT. Cam Reddish and the Lakers visit the defending champion Nuggets (7:30pm ET), followed by Grayson Allen and the Suns facing the Warriors (10pm ET).

    The purpose of this thread is to follow the 2023-2024 NBA season with an emphasis on the people who attended Duke. I'm hoping that DBR member grad_devil continues to keep track of nightly player stats on that terrific Devils in the NBA page.

    There are a lot of Blue Devils in the NBA. I keep a running list of players, coaches, executives, and staff who went to Duke or are affiliated with Duke in some way (like former Duke basketball coaches Mike Brey and Hubie Brown). I wish the list were complete, but media guides aren't always available, and even when they are, not everyone has a bio. If you know any Duke grads who work for an NBA team or for the league in general, or cover the NBA in some capacity, let me know and I'll add them.

    ATLANTA HAWKS

    Mike Brey, Assistant Coach
    AJ Griffin, Player
    Grant Hill, Co-Owner
    Jalen Johnson, Player
    Antonio Lang, Assistant Coach
    Quin Snyder, Head Coach
    Scott Wilkinson, Executive VP/Chief Legal Officer

    BOSTON CELTICS

    Amile Jefferson, Assistant Coach
    Joe Pagliuca, Board of Directors
    Steve Pagliuca, Co-Owner
    DJ Steward, G League Player (Maine Celtics)
    Jayson Tatum, Player

    BROOKLYN NETS

    Harry Giles III, Player
    Dariq Whitehead, Player
    Jackie Wilson II, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

    CHARLOTTE HORNETS

    Marcus Cook (Duke Med), Team Physician
    Mark Williams, Player

    CHICAGO BULLS

    (None to my knowledge.)

    CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

    David Henderson, Scout

    DALLAS MAVERICKS

    Seth Curry, Player
    Kyrie Irving, Player
    Dereck Lively II, Player

    DENVER NUGGETS

    Martynas Pocius, Strategy and Planning/International Scout

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    DETROIT PISTONS

    Marvin Bagley III, Player

    GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

    Mike Dunleavy Jr, General Manager

    HOUSTON ROCKETS

    (None to my knowledge.)

    INDIANA PACERS

    Donna Wilkinson, Chief People Officer

    LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

    Dahntay Jones, Assistant Coach
    Mason Plumlee, Player

    LOS ANGELES LAKERS

    Daniel Ewing, Scout
    Cam Reddish, Player

    MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

    Matthew Hurt, G League Player (Memphis Hustle)
    Luke Kennard, Player
    Zach Kleiman (Duke Law), General Manager
    David McClure, Assistant Coach

    MIAMI HEAT

    Nick Arison, CEO
    Shane Battier, Strategic Advisor

    MILWAUKEE BUCKS

    Marques Bolden, Two-Way Player

    MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

    Trevor Keels, G League Player (Iowa Wolves)
    Wendell Moore Jr, Player

    NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

    Brandon Ingram, Player
    Trajan Langdon, General Manager
    Zion Williamson, Player

    NEW YORK KNICKS

    RJ Barrett, Player

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

    Chip Engelland, Assistant Coach
    Amanda Green, VP/Team Counsel & Strategic Alignment

    ORLANDO MAGIC

    Paolo Banchero, Player
    Wendell Carter Jr, Player

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    PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

    Alaa Abdelnaby, Radio Announcer
    Elton Brand, General Manager

    PHOENIX SUNS

    Grayson Allen, Player

    PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

    Jake Fox, Personnel Video Analyst

    SACRAMENTO KINGS

    Lindsey Harding, G League Affiliate Head Coach (Stockton Kings)



    SAN ANTONIO SPURS

    Danny Ferry, Basketball Operations Consultant
    Tre Jones, Player

    TORONTO RAPTORS

    Gary Trent Jr, Player
    Justise Winslow, G League Player (Toronto 905)

    UTAH JAZZ

    Steve Wojciechowski, G League Affiliate Head Coach (SLC Stars)

    WASHINGTON WIZARDS

    Tyus Jones, Player

    FREE AGENTS

    Austin Rivers, formerly MIN
    Jack White, formerly OKC

    OTHER

    Jay Bilas, ESPN College Analyst -- he also does the NBA draft telecast
    Hubie Brown, ABC/ESPN Game Analyst
    Cherokee Parks, NBA Player Development
    JJ Redick, ESPN Studio Analyst/NBA Podcast Host
    Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner
    Jay Williams, ESPN College Analyst -- not sure if his redefined role includes the NBA

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    So...

    What's up with the Bulls and Rockets?

    What an amazing list. Thanks for compiling.

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    Great list. Thanks!

    One question: What is a “Chief People Officer”?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruBlu View Post
    Great list. Thanks!

    One question: What is a “Chief People Officer”?
    New term for what used to be head of Human Resources

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    First off, not that he needs any more sporks, but Brevity should get ALL THE PRAISE for that amazing list. Wow! Absolute next level stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by brevity View Post
    ATLANTA HAWKS
    Scott Wilkinson, Executive VP/Chief Legal Officer
    Scott is a friend of mine. We coached T-ball together when our sons were little tykes. He's a great guy and has been with the Hawks for 20+years now.
    Why are you wasting time here when you could be wasting it by listening to the latest episode of the DBR Podcast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brevity View Post

    FREE AGENTS

    Austin Rivers, formerly MIN
    Jack White, formerly OKC
    Add Austin Rivers to the list as ESPN Studio Analyst:

    https://theathletic.com/4990397/2023/10/23/andre-iguodala-hiring-espn-analyst/?source=user_shared_article

    They also hired now-retired Andre Iguodala.

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    Can't spork you, Brevity. But thanks for that incredible list. A fantastic showing for our Blue Devils!

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    Great thread brevity and appreciate the list. One nit pick - please stop including Jalen Johnson, he quit on us and doesn't deserve to be included IMO. Every time I read his name I just curse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elvis14 View Post
    Great thread brevity and appreciate the list. One nit pick - please stop including Jalen Johnson, he quit on us and doesn't deserve to be included IMO. Every time I read his name I just curse...
    Has he ever been back to campus? Maybe I have missed it but I have never seen him in any sort of social media posts regarding on campus stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elvis14 View Post
    Great thread brevity and appreciate the list. One nit pick - please stop including Jalen Johnson, he quit on us and doesn't deserve to be included IMO. Every time I read his name I just curse...
    I am bitter about Jalen Johnson. Very bitter.

    But I absolutely don't criticize Brevity for his posts. He does yeoman work and always brings his A game. He has earned the right to include Jalen Johnson, Kris Humphries, or even Sean Livingston for all I care.

    Brevity - you are the real MVP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elvis14 View Post
    Great thread brevity and appreciate the list. One nit pick - please stop including Jalen Johnson, he quit on us and doesn't deserve to be included IMO. Every time I read his name I just curse...
    I kinda have to agree with this. Would prefer not to have him listed. But not a huge complaint. You are doing yeoman's work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    He does yeoman work and always brings his A game.
    Get out of my brain, Mtn. LOL

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    brevity deals in facts, not feelings

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGDukesky View Post
    brevity deals in facts, not feelings
    Mr Spock and Bones are both necessary for a fully developed Capt Kirk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDukie View Post
    I kinda have to agree with this. Would prefer not to have him listed. But not a huge complaint. You are doing yeoman's work.
    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDukie View Post
    Mr Spock and Bones are both necessary for a fully developed Capt Kirk.
    Keeping it Trekky, Brevity would be my 2nd favorite yeoman.

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    Q "Why do you like Duke, you didn't even go there." A "Because my art school didn't have a basketball team."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDukie View Post
    Get out of my brain, Mtn. LOL
    I don't think I've used the word "yeoman" in a decade. Strange kismet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LasVegas View Post
    Has he ever been back to campus? Maybe I have missed it but I have never seen him in any sort of social media posts regarding on campus stuff.
    Jalen Johnson was featured in Duke Blue Planet last year as one of the many Dukies in the NBA.

    https://youtu.be/UDsFs6PBssk?si=3wc2W0GVNrt-06Sq

    My opinion: I don’t know what was going on mentally with the kid during COVID. My daughter was a college freshman that year and really struggled and returned home part way through the year. Granted, she didn’t have basketball teammates counting on her, but if the program gives Jalen a break then I’m inclined to also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    I am bitter about Jalen Johnson. Very bitter.

    But I absolutely don't criticize Brevity for his posts. He does yeoman work and always brings his A game. He has earned the right to include Jalen Johnson, Kris Humphries, or even Sean Livingston for all I care.

    Brevity - you are the real MVP!
    I am by no means criticizing brevity and I 100% appreciate everything he shares. If that came across as a criticism of brevity I communicated poorly.

    Quote Originally Posted by AGDukesky View Post
    brevity deals in facts, not feelings
    Same here, fact is JJ quit on our team and doesn't deserve to be included.

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    What bothers me most about brevity is that he provides extremely useful content but can also be extremely funny. I don’t much like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gooch View Post
    Add Austin Rivers to the list as ESPN Studio Analyst:

    https://theathletic.com/4990397/2023...shared_article

    They also hired now-retired Andre Iguodala.
    This makes me feel old.

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