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The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time  

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Many colleges have long traditions of NCAA basketball that breed great talent for the NBA. When thinking of some of the best college basketball players of all time, the North Carolina Tar Heels are one of the best. Here is a list of the best North Carolina Tar Heels of all time! Take a look at this list of UNC Tar Heels basketball players and vote up your favorites! 

From famous all time North Carolina greats like Michael Jordan and James Worthy, to other lesser known players, this a great list of the top UNC Chapel Hill Tar Heels basketball players. So, take a look at these greatest Tar Heels basketball players and vote up the ones you like the best! Who are the greatest University of North Carolina basketball players of all time? The best basketball players ever in North Carolina history? Be sure to vote up your favorites!

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1981 - 1984

NCAA Champion (1982)

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
2
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1995 - 1998

Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more
3
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1979 - 1982

NCAA Champion (1982)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1982)

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
4
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Center

1993 - 1995

Rasheed Abdul "Sheed" Wallace is a retired American professional basketball forward who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A native of Philadelphia, ...more
5
Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1980 - 1984

NCAA Champion (1982)

Samuel "Sam" Perkins is a retired American professional basketball player. He won a gold medal with the US national team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Known by the nicknames ...more
6
Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1993 - 1995

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.
7
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

1995 - 1998

Antawn Cortez Jamison is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently a sports analyst. He last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. ...more
8
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1971 - 1972

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
9
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1983 - 1987

Kenneth "Kenny" Smith is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association and went on to become a TV basketball analyst, primarily ...more
10
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Center

1982 - 1986

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
11
Tyler Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

2005 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

Andrew Tyler Hansbrough (born November 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). In college, Hansbrough ...more
12
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2006 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

Tywon Ronell Lawson (born November 3, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Lawson played college ...more
13
Phil Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1974 - 1978

Phil Jackson Ford Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1974.
14
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1973 - 1977

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
15
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Guest_54fea734-4432-449e-80a9-7119ce605ab2 added Shooting guard, Small forward

2005 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

Daniel Richard "Danny" Green, Jr. (born June 22, 1987) is a n American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball ...more
16
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

1962 - 1965

William John "Billy" Cunningham is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid.
17
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2010 - 2012

Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
18
Justin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
arthur2017bm added Forward

2014 - 2017

NCAA Champion (2017)

Justin Jackson is a basketball player.
19
Joel Berry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
CurranCampbell added Joel Berry Point Guard

2014 - 2018

NCAA Champion (2017)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2017)

20
Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2002 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

Raymond Bernard Felton, Jr. (born June 26, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Felton ...more
21
Charlie Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

1967 - 1970

Charles Thomas Scott is an American former professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association and eight seasons in the National Basketball ...more
22
Marcus Paige is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Guard

2012 - 2016

Marcus Taylor Paige is an American college basketball player for the University of North Carolina. A junior in the 2014-2015 season, he went to Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, where he was ...more
23
Wayne Ellington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Guest_54fea734-4432-449e-80a9-7119ce605ab2 added Shooting guard

2006 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2009)

Wayne Robert Ellington Jr. (born November 29, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the ...more
24
Luke Maye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Forward

2015 - present

NCAA Champion (2017)

Luke David Maye (born March 7, 1997) is an American college basketball player for the University of North Carolina. Maye is having a breakout season as a junior in the 2017–18 season. In his ...more
25
Brice Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Guest_54fea734-4432-449e-80a9-7119ce605ab2 added Forward

2012 - 2016

Brice Johnson is a basketball player who plays for the North Carolina Tar Heels.