Chris Duhon: Former Duke Star Poised for Career Season

When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Dwight Howard (via ESPN), not only did they get the best big man in the game, but they also received depth by adding Earl Clark and, more importantly, former Duke Blue Devil standout Chris Duhon.

Apparently Lakers Nation feels the same way, as evident by this tweet:

The key to this deal is Chris Duhon, though.

— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) August 10, 2012  

Before he was the Chicago Bulls' second-round pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, Duhon was lighting it up at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The former 2001 ACC Freshman of the Year wasn't even supposed to start that season, but an injury to teammate Carlos Boozer moved then point guard Jason Williams to shooting guard, giving Duhon the opportunity to play in the starting point guard role.

Over the course of his three seasons under Coach K, Duhon averaged a solid 9.3 PPG, 6.1 APG, 2.1 steals and 2.8 turnovers per contest.

Known more for his defense, court vision and overall prowess as a point guard, Duhon was destined for a solid NBA career—one that we're still waiting on.

His best season as a pro came as a member of the New York Knicks in 2008-2009, when Duhon averaged 11.1 PPG and 7.2 APG in 36.8 MPG—all career highs.

With that being said, Duhon is the perfect backup for Lakers' current starting point guard, Steve Nash.

Let's forget about Steve Blake for a second, because Duhon is a superior point guard, not in terms of scoring—which for most teams isn't what they necessarily want out of their point guard—but in respect to his passing, defense and basketball knowledge.

Duhon has never played on a team with as much raw talent as the Lakers are sure to boast this upcoming season, with the likes of the game's best center, point guard and finisher. 

Playing behind Nash will only prove to be beneficial for Duh...

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