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Kings season primer: Duje Dukan has winning background

Wisconsin forward Duje Dukan (13) drives to the basket over Oregon guard Casey Benson, right, during an NCAA Tournament game on March 22 in Omaha, Neb.
Wisconsin forward Duje Dukan (13) drives to the basket over Oregon guard Casey Benson, right, during an NCAA Tournament game on March 22 in Omaha, Neb. The Associated Press

The Sacramento Bee provides a primer for each of the 15 players on the Kings’ roster entering their 2015-16 campaign, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. View the rest of the profiles here.

Like Seth Curry, Wisconsin’s Duje Dukan stood out during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Although he doesn’t have a brother who happens to be the reigning MVP of the NBA, Dukan does have a familial connection to one of the league’s greatest players.

Dukan told NBA.com last summer that he served as a ballboy for the Chicago Bulls while his father worked in the team’s front office during the 1990s – right, the Michael Jordan 1990s.

The 6-foot-9 power forward played four years for the Badgers, averaging 10 minutes per game. His averages based on 40 minutes of play bring his possible value to the Kings into sharper focus: 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game over his four seasons. Dukan redshirted the 2012-13 season because of mononucleosis. The Badgers were 117-31 in his four seasons.

In his only preseason action with the Kings, Dukan scored three points and had a rebound in nine minutes in a 107-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

PLAYER BIO: DUJE DUKAN

Position/jersey: Forward, No. 26

Height/weight: 6-9, 220

Age: 23

Experience: Rookie

Prior to NBA: Wisconsin

Key 2014-15 stat: Played in 78 games the last two seasons, but didn’t start because the Badgers had two first-round picks (Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker) playing forward.

Comment: He figures to spend a lot of time in the D-League with Reno.

Jason Jones

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