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The Best NBA Players from North Carolina 

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Updated August 6, 2019 5k votes 574 voters 14.3k views 118 items

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 Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 3

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina

Age: 29

Number: 2

Teams: Washington Wizards

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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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Small forward from Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina

Age: 65

Teams: Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

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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Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Brandon Ingram Small forward from Kinston, North Carolina

Number: 14

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

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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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Power forward and Center from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

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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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Center from Gastonia, North Carolina

Age: 30

Number: 21

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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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Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Shooting guard and Small forward from Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 45

Number: 42

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

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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Dennis Smith Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina

Number: 5

Teams: New York Knicks

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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Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Forward from Tarboro, North Carolina

Age: 25

Number: 5

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

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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Seth Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Guard from Charlotte, North Carolina

Age: 29

Number: 30

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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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P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Small forward from Raleigh, North Carolina

Age: 34

Number: 17

Teams: Houston Rockets

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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Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Center from Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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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T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Small forward from Durham

Age: 26

Number: 1

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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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Sleepy Floyd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Point guard from Gastonia, North Carolina

Age: 59

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

Eric Augustus "Sleepy" Floyd (born March 6, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player.

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Devonte' Graham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Number: 4

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

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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Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Shooting guard and Small forward from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

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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Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Shooting guard and Small forward from Pineville, North Carolina

Age: 65

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

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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John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina

Age: 66

Teams: Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

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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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Point guard and Shooting guard from Wilmington, North Carolina

Age: 86

Teams: Boston Celtics

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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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Power forward and Center from New Bern, North Carolina

Age: Dec. at 74 (1939-2013)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Zephyrs, Detroit Pistons, + more

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Kent Bazemore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Shooting guard from Kelford, North Carolina

Age: 30

Number: 24

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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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John Henson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Power forward from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: 29

Number: 31

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from North Carolina
Nate McMillan

Age: 55

Teams: Seattle Supersonics

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