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The Best NBA Players from North Carolina

Updated April 17, 2020 8.9k votes 798 voters 21.6k 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?

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  • 1
    Michael Jordan
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Chris Paul
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    Chris Paul

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    Number3

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

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

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    James Worthy
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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 on Wikipedia

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    David Thompson
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Bob McAdoo
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    Bob McAdoo

    Greensboro, North Carolina

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age68

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    John Wall
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    John Wall

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    Number2

    TeamsWashington Wizards

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

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    Jerry Stackhouse
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Brandon Ingram
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Montrezl Harrell
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    Montrezl Harrell

    Tarboro, North Carolina

    PositionForward

    Age25

    Number5

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Dashay Harrell (born January 26, 1994) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Hassan Whiteside
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    Hassan Whiteside

    Gastonia, North Carolina

    PositionCenter

    Age30

    Number21

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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

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    Brad Daugherty
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Devonte' Graham
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    Devonte' Graham

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard

    Number4

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

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    T. J. Warren
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    Sam Jones
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    Sam Jones

    Wilmington, North Carolina

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age86

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    P. J. Tucker
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Dennis Smith Jr.
    Dennis Cliff Smith Jr. (born November 25, 1997) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Sleepy Floyd
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Seth Curry
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Lou Hudson
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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

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    Walter Davis
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    Walter Davis

    Pineville, North Carolina

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age65

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

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  • 21
    John Lucas Jr.
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Phil Ford
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Nate McMillan
    66
    21

    Nate McMillan

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Age55

    TeamsSeattle Supersonics

    Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Walt Bellamy
    73
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Cedric Maxwell
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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 on Wikipedia