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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?

Vote up the top North Carolina NBA players, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. Then head over and check out some more North Carolina star athletes with the best NFL players from North Carolina.

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
135045 added New York City, New York, United States of America
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the ...more

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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America
James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a commentator, television host, and analyst. Named one of the 50 Greatest Players ...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 Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more

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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Shelby, North Carolina, United States of America
David O'Neil Thompson (born July 13, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played with the Denver Nuggets of both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National ...more

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North ...more

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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a ...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, United States of America
Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974) is an American basketball coach and retired professional basketball player. He is currently the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores, and he ...more

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Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Brandon Ingram Kinston, North Carolina
Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Los ...more
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Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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 New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was ranked among the top ...more

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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Hassan Niam Whiteside (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker Jr. (born May 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Seth Curry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Seth Adham Curry (born August 23, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for one ...more

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T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Anthony "T. J." Warren Jr. (born September 5, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Originally from ...more

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Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America
Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965) is an American retired basketball player, analyst, and co-owner of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing. He played college ...more

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Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Eric Augustus "Sleepy" Floyd (born March 6, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player.

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Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Louis Clyde Hudson ("Sweet Lou") (July 11, 1944 – April 11, 2014) was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player, who was an All-American at the University of Minnesota ...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 (born December 28, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
John Harding Lucas II (born October 31, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. He currently works as the player development coach of the Houston Rockets. He played ...more

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Devonte' Graham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Devonte' Terrell Graham is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more

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Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Pineville, North Carolina
Walter Pearl Davis (born September 9, 1954) is a retired American basketball player. A 6'6" forward/guard, Davis spent 15 years in the National Basketball Association, spending the bulk of ...more

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Kent Bazemore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Kelford, North Carolina
Kenneth Lamont "Kent" Bazemore Jr. (born July 1, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a ...more

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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Samuel Jones (born June 24, 1933) is an American retired professional basketball player at shooting guard. He was known for his quickness and game-winning shots, especially during the NBA ...more

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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Nate McMillan Raleigh, North Carolina
Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He coached ...more
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Ish Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 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 Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more