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The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

Updated April 25, 2020 30.0k votes 3.8k voters 69.7k views51 items

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

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    1981 - 1984

    NCAA Champion (1982)

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    James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    James Worthy

    Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    1979 - 1982

    NCAA Champion (1982)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1982)

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  • 3
    Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Vince Carter

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    1995 - 1998

  • 4
    Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Sam Perkins

    Power forward, Center

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

    1980 - 1984

    NCAA Champion (1982)

  • 5
    Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Kenny Smith

    Point guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

    1983 - 1987

  • 6
    Phil Ford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Phil Ford

    Point guard

    Age63

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina

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

    1974 - 1978

  • 7
    Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age68

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

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

    1971 - 1972

  • 8
    Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Jerry Stackhouse

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age45

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number42

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

    1993 - 1995

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  • 9
    Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Antawn Jamison

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

    1995 - 1998

  • 10
    Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Ty Lawson

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceClinton, Maryland

    Number3

    2006 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

  • 11
    Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Age54

    BirthplaceBlack Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    1982 - 1986

  • 12
    Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Walter Davis

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age65

    BirthplacePineville, North Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

    1973 - 1977

  • 13
    Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Rasheed Wallace

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age45

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Number36

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons

    1993 - 1995

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  • 14
    Charlie Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Charlie Scott

    Shooting guard

    Age71

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets

    1967 - 1970

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  • 15
    Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Billy Cunningham

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age76

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    1962 - 1965

  • 16
    Joel Berry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    104

    Joel Berry

    Point Guard

    2014 - 2018

    NCAA Champion (2017)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2017)

  • 17
    Tyler Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Tyler Hansbrough

    Power forward, Center

    Age34

    BirthplaceColumbia, Missouri, United States of America

    Number50

    2005 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

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  • 18
    George Lynch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    George Lynch

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceRoanoke, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans

    1989 - 1993

    NCAA Champion (1993)

  • 19
    Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Danny Green

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceNorth Babylon, New York

    Number4

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

    2005 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

  • 20
    Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Rick Fox

    Small forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    1987 - 1991

  • 21
    Wayne Ellington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Wayne Ellington

    Shooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceWynnewood, Pennsylvania

    Number2

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    2006 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2009)

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  • 22
    Luke Maye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Luke Maye

    Forward

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels

    2015 - present

    NCAA Champion (2017)

  • 23
    Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Harrison Barnes

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age27

    BirthplaceAmes, Iowa, United States of America

    Number40

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    2010 - 2012

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    Marcus Paige is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Age26

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa

    2012 - 2016

  • 25
    Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
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    Raymond Felton

    Point guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceMarion, South Carolina

    Number2

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    2002 - 2005

    NCAA Champion (2005)

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