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The Standard Bearer: Duke in the NBA Lottery
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/16/2017
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BROOKLYN - Much has changed about the NBA Lottery over the years. The famous ping pong balls are now gone. The cast of NBA front office executives, and even the commissioner of the NBA itself, has changed. The event itself, once just a gathering of league execs, has become must-see TV.

One thing, however, has remained constant through the evolution of the NBA Lottery: more often than any other school, Duke has seen its players walk across the stage on draft night as NBA lottery picks.

Since the inception of the NBA Lottery in 1985, Duke has produced a record 21 lottery selections. The fact becomes even more impressive when considering that the rest of the field had a four-year head start on the Blue Devils before Danny Ferry became the school's first lottery pick in 1989.

Starting with an historic 1999 NBA Draft in which Duke had three lottery picks and became the first program to produce four first-round picks in the same draft, the Blue Devils have produced a nation's-best 16 lottery selections.

Most Total Lottery Picks, All Time
Through 2016 Draft 

Duke - 21
Kentucky - 19
North Carolina - 18
Kansas - 16
Arizona - 13
Connecticut - 13
Michigan - 9
Georgetown - 8
Syracuse - 8
UNLV - 8

Most Total Lottery Picks, Since 1999
Through 2016 Draft

Duke - 16
Kentucky - 14
Kansas - 13
Connecticut - 11
North Carolina - 10
Arizona - 9
Texas - 7
Florida - 6
Syracuse - 6
UCLA - 6 

In yet another testament to the longevity of his success, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been at the helm of the program for each of its 21 lottery selections. Krzyzewski's 21 lottery selections as a head coach are both the most all-time and the most among active coaches.

Most Total Lottery Picks, Coaches All-Time
Through 2016 Draft 

Mike Krzyzewski - 21
John Calipari - 18
Roy Williams - 15
Jim Calhoun - 13
Bill Self - 10
Jim Boeheim - 8
Rick Barnes - 7
Lute Olson - 7
Rick Pitino - 6
John Thompson, Jr. - 5

Most Total Lottery Picks, Active Coaches
Through 2016 Draft 

Mike Krzyzewski - 21
John Calipari - 18
Roy Williams - 15
Bill Self - 10
Jim Boeheim - 8
Rick Barnes - 7
Rick Pitino - 6
Bob Huggins - 4
Thad Matta - 4
Mark Few - 3
Ben Howland - 3
Sean Miller - 3

The collective accomplishments of Duke's 21 NBA lottery picks are just as impressive. The group has combined to win four NBA championships, earn All-NBA honors seven times, garner three NBA Rookie of the Year awards and make 16 NBA All-Star Game appearances.

Duke's 21 lottery picks have combined to earn more than $937 million in NBA salaries, which translates to an average of nearly $47 million per lottery selection.

Tuesday will bring about yet another important moment in Duke's history with the NBA Lottery. When all of the envelopes are opened and the cards are placed on the wall, the picture of which team or teams will be vying for the talents of the next crop of Duke lottery picks will be more clear.

When the 2017 NBA Draft gets underway at Barclays Center on June 22, it is highly likely that the biggest constant in the history of the lottery will once again be present when Duke welcomes another member into its exclusive group.