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Three Duke Basketball Products Among Top 15 NBA Free Agents

Former Duke basketball guards Tyus Jones, Gary Trent Jr., and Luke Kennard are still uncertain about their destinations for the upcoming NBA season. While most of the roughly two dozen active NBA Blue Devils are secure on 2024-25 rosters, these three notable backcourt talents remain some of the top free agents available a few days into free agency.

On Thursday night, HoopsHype ranked the 77 available free agents, including Duke basketball’s one-and-done big man Harry Giles at No. 46 overall. Giles, who recently played with the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-way contract, is over 30 spots below former Blue Devil guards Tyus Jones, Gary Trent Jr., and Luke Kennard.

Tyus Jones ranks highest among them at No. 4. The 28-year-old point guard, known for his impressive assist-to-turnover ratio, started all 66 games he played for the Washington Wizards last season. Jones, a Duke basketball national champion, posted career-high averages of 12.0 points, 7.3 assists, and only 1.0 turnovers per game.

Next is Gary Trent Jr., ranked No. 7 by HoopsHype. The 25-year-old sharpshooter averaged 13.7 points per game in his fourth season with the Toronto Raptors.

The 28-year-old Luke Kennard, a two-year 3-point sniper at Duke between the tenures of Jones and Trent, is ranked No. 15 on HoopsHype’s current list of free agents. Last season, Kennard struggled with injuries, averaging 11.0 points in just 39 appearances for the Memphis Grizzlies. However, with a career 3-point shooting percentage of 43.9%, the highest among all active NBA players, Kennard is expected to secure a contract soon.

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