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The Best NBA Players from North Carolina  

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List Rules Only NBA players born in North Carolina.

Here are the best NBA players from North Carolina. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in North Carolina includes Chris Paul, John Wall, Brandon Ingram, and James Worthy. Who is the greatest NBA player from North Carolina?

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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America
James Ager Worthy is a retired American professional basketball player and current basketball commentator, television host, and analyst. Named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, ...more
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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Johnathan Hildred Wall, Jr. is an American professional basketball point guard for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Wall was ...more
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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America
Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the ...more
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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Robert Allen "Bob" McAdoo is a retired American professional basketball player who spent a 14-year career playing the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball ...more
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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Shelby, North Carolina
David O'Neil Thompson is a former American professional basketball star with the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association, as well as the ...more
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Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the ...more
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Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Kinston, North Carolina, USA
Jerry Darnell Stackhouse is a retired American professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He has also worked as an NBA TV analyst.
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Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Tarboro, North Carolina
Montrezl Dashay Harrell (born January 26, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
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Dennis Smith Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Dennis Cliff Smith Jr. (born November 25, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was ranked among the top ...more
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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Marshall ...more
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P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA.
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Seth Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Seth Adham Curry is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for one year with the Liberty ...more
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Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Eric Augustus "Sleepy" Floyd is a retired American professional basketball player.
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Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Louis Clyde Hudson ("Sweet Lou") was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player, who was an All-American at the University of Minnesota and a six-time NBA All-Star, ...more
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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
135045 added New York City, New York, United States of America
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more
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T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Durham County, Durham, Wake County
Anthony "T. J." Warren, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Originally from Durham, North ...more
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Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA
Bradley Lee Daugherty is an ESPN NBA analyst, former NASCAR analyst, co-owner of Sprint Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing, and retired American basketball player. He played college basketball ...more
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John Henson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
John Allen Henson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more
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Kent Bazemore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Kelford, North Carolina
Kenneth Lamont "Kent" Bazemore, Jr. is an American professional basketball shooting guard who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. As a junior ...more
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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more
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Ish Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Ishmael Larry Smith (born July 5, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Wake ...more
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John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
John Harding Lucas II is a retired American professional basketball player and coach.
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Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Pineville, North Carolina
Walter Paul Davis is a retired American basketball player. A 6'6" forward/guard, Davis spent 15 years in the National Basketball Association, spending the bulk of those years with the ...more
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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Samuel "Sam" Jones is a retired American professional basketball player at shooting guard and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was known for his quickness ...more
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Josh Howard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Joshua Jay Howard is an American professional basketball player. At 6 ft 7 in and 210 lb, he plays as a small forward.