NBA DRAFT: History of ACC Schools in the Top 10

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All eyes will be on Brooklyn Thursday night as it plays host to the 2016 NBA Draft. With another crop of ACC talent primed to hear their names called, we decided to take a look back at former Top 10 picks. We have outlined from No. 10 to No. 1 the history of NBA Draft picks from current ACC schools, highlighting one at each spot! 

#10

Justise Winslow (Duke, Heat, 2015)
Austin Rivers (Duke, Pelicans, 2012)
Horace Grant (Clemson, Bulls, 1987)
Johnny Dawkins (Duke, Spurs, 1986)
Horace Grant’s impact on the court can’t be measured by his career averages of 11.2 point and 8.2 rebounds. After being drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1987, Grant teamed up with Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan to create one of the most dominant trios in the league, leading the Bulls to three straight NBA titles (1991-1993). Grant later earned his fourth ring with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001. 

 

#9

Samaki Walker (Louisville, Mavs, 1996)
Eric Montross (North Carolina, Celtics, 1994)
Rodney Rogers (Wake Forest, Nuggets, 1993)
Tom Hammonds (Georgia Tech, Wizards, 1989)
Rony Seikaly (Syracuse, Heat, 1988)
Tom LaGarde (North Carolina, Nuggets, 1977)
Before becoming an electronic music producer and DJ (seriously - you can listen here), Rony Seikaly was a top-tier NBA center. He averaged nearly a double-double (14.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg) in his 11-year NBA career in addition to being the first player born in Lebanon to compete in the NBA.

 

#8

Brandon Wright (North Carolina, Bobcats, 2007)
Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest, Clippers, 2010)
Lancaster Gordon (Louisville, Clippers, 1984)
After playing for three teams in his first five seasons in the NBA, Al-Farouq Aminu may have finally found his home in Portland. He started all 82 games for the Trailblazers this past season, recording career high averages in points (10.2), minutes (28.5), and three-point percentage (36.1).

 

#7

Harrison Barnes (North Carolina, Warriors, 2012)
Loul Deng (Duke, Suns, 2004)
Bobby Hurley (Duke, Kings, 1993)
George McCloud (Florida State, Pacers, 1989)
Thurl Bailey (NC State, Jazz, 1983)
Mike Gminski (Duke, Nets, 1980)
Loul Deng needed just one year at Duke to prepare himself for the NBA. Having just completed his 12th season in the league, Deng has established himself as one of the NBA’s top veteran forwards. The two-time All-Star has started in 776 of his 823 career games (94.3%) and is one of the NBA’s top international ambassadors.

 

#6

Johnny Flynn (Syracuse, Timberwolves, 2009)
Shane Battier (Duke, Grizzlies, 2001)
Sharone Wright (Clemson, 76ers, 1994)
Tom Gugliotta (NC State, Wizards, 1992)
Felton Spencer (Louisville, TimberWolves, 1990)
Kenny Smith (North Carolina, Kings, 1987)
Joe Klien (Notre Dame, Kings, 1985)
Orlando Woolridge (Notre Dame, Bulls, 1981)
Mike O’Koren (North Carolina, Nets, 1980)
Kenny Carr (NC State, Lakers, 1977)
Adrian Dantley (Notre Dame, Buffalo Braves, 1976)
One of the best pros to ever come out of Notre Dame, Adrian Dantley had a tremendous 15-year NBA career. He was the 1977 Rookie of the Year, a two-time NBA scoring champion (1981, 1984) and six-time All-Star. His career averages of 24.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists earned him a 2008 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

#5

Sheldon Williams (Duke, Hawks, 2006)
Raymond Felton (North Carolina, Bobcats, 2005)
Vince Carter (North Carolina, Warriors, 1998)
LaPhonso Ellis (Notre Dame, Nuggets, 1992)
J.R. Reid (North Carolina, Hornets, 1989)
Walter Davis (North Carolina, Suns, 1977)
Wally Walker (Virginia, Blazers, 1976)
When it comes to the art of the dunk, none may be better than Vince Carter. Moments like the 2000 Dunk Contest and jumping clear over 7-foot-2 France center Frédéric Weis months later at the 2000 Summer Olympics turned Carter from Vince into Vinsanity. But Carter is much more than just a dunk artist. His 18-year and counting NBA career has seen him go from 1999 Rookie of the year to an eight-time All-Star – all while averaging 18.8 points per game.

 

#4

Dion Waiters (Syracuse, Cavs, 2012)
Wesley Johnson (Syracuse, Timberwolves, 2010)
Chris Paul (Wake Forest, New Orleans Hornets, 2005)
Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech, Raptors, 2003)
Antawn Jamison (North Carolina, Raptors, 1998)
Stephon Marbury (Georgia Tech, Bucks, 1996)
Rasheed Wallace (North Carolina, Bullets, 1995)
Dennis Scott (Georgia Tech, Magic, 1990)
Sam Perkins (North Carolina, Mavs, 1984)
Al Wood (North Carolina, Hawks, 1981)
Chris Paul headlines a list of No. 4 draft picks that have combined for 28 All-Star appearances. Paul has accounted for nine of those selections – every season since 2008. Add that to a resume that includes eight All-Defensive selections, six-time NBA steals leader, four-time NBA assists leader and a 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year trophy, and Paul is one of the best point guards the game has ever seen.

 

#3

Jahlil Okafur (Duke, 76ers, 2015)
Derek Favors (Georgia Tech, Nets, 2010)
Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse, Nuggets, 2003)
Mike Dunleavy (Duke, Warriors, 2002)
Jerry Stackhouse (North Carolina, 76ers, 1995)
Grant Hill (Duke, Pistons, 1994)
Christian Laettner (Duke, TimberWolves, 1992)
Billy Owens (Syracuse, Kings, 1991)
Charles Daniel Smith (Pitt, 76ers, 1988)
Chris Washburn (NC State, Warriors, 1986)
Michael Jordan (North Carolina, Bulls, 1984)
Rodney McCray (Louisville, Rockets, 1983)
Yes, Michael Jordan was a No. 3 pick. Need I say more?

 

#2

Jabari Parker (Duke, Bucks, 2014)
Marvin Williams (North Carolina, Hawks, 2005)
Jay Williams (Duke, Bulls, 2002)
Kenny Anderson (Georgia Tech, Nets, 1991)
Danny Ferry (Duke, Clippers, 1989)
Darrell Griffith (Lousiville, Jazz, 1980)
Phil Ford (North Carolina, Kings, 1978)
Known as a pure scorer and elite dunker, Darrell “Dr. Dunkenstein” Griffith had a productive 10-year NBA career. The Utah Jazz drafted Griffith in 1980 hoping to replace legendary shooting guard Pete Maravich. Griffith did just that, averaging 20.6 points per game as a rookie on the way to winning 1981 NBA Rookie of the Year.

 

#1

Kyrie Irving (Duke, Cavs, 2011)
Elton Brand (Duke, Bulls, 1999)
Tim Duncan (Wake Forest, Spurs, 1997)
Derrick Coleman (Syracuse, Nets, 1990)
Pervis Ellison (Louisville, Kings, 1989)
Brad Daugherty (North Carolina, Cavs, 1986)
Ralph Sampson (Virginia, Rockets, 1983)
James Worthy (North Carolina, Lakers, 1982)
David Thompson (NC State, Atlanta, 1975)
Although he faces some stiff competition at No. 1, it’s hard to top the best power forward to ever play. Tim Duncan has had one of the greatest NBA careers of all time. Some of his jaw-dropping accolades include being a 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-Defensive selection, five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP, two regular season MVPs and the 1998 Rookie of the Year. To give you an idea of just how good Duncan has been for so long, he is one of just two players in NBA history to win NBA championships in three different decades.