College Basketball 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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1,120 116
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
638 171
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
710 198
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
391 142
Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 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.

5
381 140
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
397 149
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
416 157
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
350 124
Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
528 219
Tyler Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

2005 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

Andrew Tyler Hansbrough is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Hansbrough completed a college basketball career with the North ...more

10
292 93
Phil Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 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.

11
289 100
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2006 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

Tywon Ronell "Ty" Lawson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. Lawson played college ...more

12
297 103
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
230 74
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
191 66
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 14 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.

15
187 65
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
240 107
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 16 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. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a 6 ft 6 in, ...more

17
193 78
Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

2002 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

Raymond Bernard Felton, Jr. is an American professional basketball point guard who currently plays with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Felton played college ...more

18
245 111
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

19
259 121
Marcus Paige is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
155 54
Wayne Ellington is listed (or ranked) 20 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. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. A 6'4" tall and 200 lb shooting ...more

21
144 49
Justin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

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198 87
Brice Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 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.

23
135 49
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1971 - 1974

Robert Clyde "Bobby" Jones is a retired American professional basketball player in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association.

24
143 61
Sean May is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward

2002 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2005)

Sean Gregory May is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Orléans Loiret Basket of the French LNB Pro A. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in ...more

25
128 51
Charlie Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 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