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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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
534 139
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
587 165
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
329 116
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
349 128
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
317 115
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
298 103
Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
320 118
Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 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.

9
244 75
Phil Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 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.

10
252 81
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
440 191
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 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

12
238 77
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 "Ty" Lawson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. Lawson played college ...more

13
198 57
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
162 52
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
205 80
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. 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

16
153 51
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
208 86
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 Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

18
160 61
Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Felton played college ...more

19
130 41
Wayne Ellington is listed (or ranked) 19 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 Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. A 6'4" tall and 200 lb ...more

20
175 73
Brice Johnson 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 Forward

2012 - 2016

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

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114 33
Justin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
1519305940964 added Forward

2014 - 2017

NCAA Champion (2017)

Justin Jackson is a basketball player.

22
224 105
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
105 36
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
106 38
Charles Thomas Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
117 50
Tyler Zeller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

2008 - 2012

NCAA Champion (2009)

Tyler Paul Zeller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. He is the nephew of former NBA player Al ...more

26
94 27
Marvin Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Small forward, Power forward

2004 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

Marvin Gaye Williams, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball under ...more

27
117 53
Sean May is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
90 37
Hubert Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard

1988 - 1992

Hubert Ira Davis, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He is the nephew of Walter Davis, also a former NBA player, and was known for his accurate ...more

29
90 39
Lennie Rosenbluth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward

1954 - 1957

NCAA Champion (1957)

Leonard Robert "Lennie" Rosenbluth is an American former basketball player.

30
87 38
Mitch Kupchak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

1972 - 1976

Mitchell "Mitch" Kupchak is a retired American basketball player and current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers.

31
91 38
Ed Cota is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard

1996 - 2000

Eduardo Enrique Cota is an American former professional basketball player. He is currently living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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77 27
Kendall Marshall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Point guard

2010 - 2012

Kendall Dewan Marshall is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He was born in Dumfries, Virginia, and ...more

33
38 5
Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Small forward

1987 - 1991

Ulrich Alexander "Rick" Fox is a Canadian television actor and retired professional basketball player who last played for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in 2004.

34
22 5
George Lynch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Small forward, Power forward

1989 - 1993

NCAA Champion (1993)

George DeWitt Lynch III is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1993 to 2005. He holds the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball record ...more

35
67 49
Joseph Forte is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Guest_54fea734-4432-449e-80a9-7119ce605ab2 added Shooting guard

1999 - 2001

Joseph Xavier Forte is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League.

36
31 10
Joel Berry is listed (or ranked) 36 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)

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19 7
Eric Montross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Center

1990 - 1994

NCAA Champion (1993)

Eric Scott Montross is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. Montross attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and graduated in 1990. He was the ...more

38
23 8
J.R. Reid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Power forward

1986 - 1989

Herman "J. R." Reid, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player for several NBA teams. He is currently an assistant coach at Patrick Henry Community College in ...more

39
18 6
Larry Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Larry Miller Shooting guard

1965 - 1968

Lawrence James "Larry" Miller is a retired American basketball player. As the All American star of his Catasauqua High School team, Miller scored 46 of his team's 66 points and grabbed ...more

40
16 6
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Point guard

1960 - 1963

NCAA Champion (1988)

Lawrence Harvey "Larry" Brown is an American basketball coach, who is currently the head coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the only coach in basketball history to win both ...more

41
14 4
Mike O'Koren is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Small forward

1976 - 1980

Michael F. "Mike" O'Koren is an American basketball coach and former player and broadcaster originally from Jersey City, New Jersey. O'Koren is currently an assistant coach at Rutgers ...more

42
13 4
Jawad Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
CurranCampbell added Jawad Williams Forward

2001 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

Jawad Hason Williams is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League. He played high school basketball at St. Edward ...more

43
86 88
Rashad McCants is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard

2002 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

Rashad Dion McCants is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Trotamundos de Carabobo of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto.

44
7 1
Luke Maye is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
16 11
James McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Small forward, Power forward

2011 - 2014

James Michael Ray McAdoo is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 9 in, he plays ...more

46
12 7
John Henson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
CurranCampbell added Power forward

2009 - 2012

John Allen Henson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

47
6 2
Nassir Little is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Nassir Little Small forward

2018 - present

48
5 3
Al Wood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Charles Rothman added Al Wood Small forward, Shooting guard

1977 - 1981

Martin Alphonzo "Al" Wood is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round of the 1981 NBA Draft. A 6 ft 6 in guard-forward ...more

49
4 2
Cameron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Cameron Johnson Small forward

2017 - present

50
7 10
Joe Wolf is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Dave_7672 added Power forward, Center

1983 - 1987

Joseph James "Joe" Wolf is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He was the 13th overall pick of the 1987 NBA Draft, selected by the Los Angeles ...more