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The Best NBA Players from North Carolina

Updated April 17, 2020 9.4k votes 888 voters 24.7k views118 items

List RulesOnly 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 Jordan1
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    Michael Jordan

    New York City, New York

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American...  more

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    Chris Paul

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard

    Age35

    Number3

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    James Worthy

    Gastonia, North Carolina

    PositionSmall forward

    Age58

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #7 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s#9 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

  • David Thompson4
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    David Thompson

    Shelby, North Carolina

    Age65

    TeamsSeattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

    David O'Neil Thompson (born July 13, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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  • Bob McAdoo5
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    Bob McAdoo

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age69

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #780 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#26 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • John Wall6
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    John Wall

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    Number2

    TeamsWashington Wizards

    Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball...  more

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  • Jerry Stackhouse7
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    Jerry Stackhouse

    Kinston, North Carolina

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age45

    Number42

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

    Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974) is an American basketball coach and retired...  more

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  • Brandon Ingram8
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    Brandon Ingram

    Kinston, North Carolina

    PositionSmall forward

    Number14

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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  • Montrezl Harrell9
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    Montrezl Harrell

    Tarboro, North Carolina

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age26

    Number5

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Montrezl Dashay Harrell (born January 26, 1994) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Hassan Whiteside10
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    Hassan Whiteside

    Gastonia, North Carolina

    PositionCenter

    Age31

    Number21

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Niam Whiteside (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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  • Sam Jones11
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    Sam Jones

    Wilmington, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age86

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Samuel Jones (born June 24, 1933) is an American retired professional basketball player at...  more

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    #10 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#58 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • Brad Daugherty12
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    Brad Daugherty

    Black Mountain, North Carolina

    PositionCenter

    Age54

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965) is an American retired basketball player,...  more

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  • Devonte' Graham13
    Devonte' Terrell Graham is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte...  more

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  • Seth Curry14
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    Seth Curry

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    PositionGuard

    Age29

    Number30

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Seth Adham Curry (born August 23, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #12 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time#671 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • T. J. Warren15
    Anthony "T. J." Warren Jr. (born September 5, 1993) is an American professional basketball...  more

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  • Lou Hudson16
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    Lou Hudson

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    AgeDec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

    Louis Clyde Hudson ("Sweet Lou") (July 11, 1944 – April 11, 2014) was an American National...  more
  • Sleepy Floyd17
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    Sleepy Floyd

    Gastonia, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard

    Age59

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

    Eric Augustus "Sleepy" Floyd (born March 6, 1960) is an American retired professional...  more
  • Dennis Smith Jr.18
    Dennis Cliff Smith Jr. (born November 25, 1997) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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  • P. J. Tucker19
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    P. J. Tucker

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    PositionSmall forward

    Age34

    Number17

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker Jr. (born May 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball...  more

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  • Walter Davis20
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    Walter Davis

    Pineville, North Carolina

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age65

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

    Walter Pearl Davis (born September 9, 1954) is a retired American basketball player. A 6'6"...  more
  • Phil Ford21
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    Phil Ford

    Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard

    Age63

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks

    Phil Jackson Ford Jr. (born February 9, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball...  more
  • John Lucas Jr.22
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    John Lucas Jr.

    Durham, North Carolina

    Age66

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

    John Harding Lucas II (born October 31, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball...  more
  • Cedric Maxwell23
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    Cedric Maxwell

    Kinston, North Carolina

    PositionPower forward

    Age64

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

    Cedric Bryan Maxwell (born November 21, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Walt Bellamy24
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    Walt Bellamy

    New Bern, North Carolina

    PositionPower forward, Center

    AgeDec. at 74 (1939-2013)

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Zephyrs, Detroit Pistons

    Walter Jones Bellamy (July 24, 1939 – November 2, 2013) was an American professional...  more
  • Buck Williams25
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    Buck Williams

    Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    PositionPower forward

    Age60

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

    Charles Linwood Williams (born March 8, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball...  more