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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

    Shooting guard

    Age57

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number23

    Number23

    TeamsChicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    TeamsChicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    1981 - 1984

    NCAA Champion (1982)

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    James Worthy

    Small forward

    Age59

    Age59

    BirthplaceUSA, Gastonia, North Carolina

    BirthplaceUSA, Gastonia, North Carolina

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    1979 - 1982

    NCAA Champion (1982)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1982)

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    #20 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History#9 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

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    Vince Carter

    Small forward

    Age43

    Age43

    Number25

    Number25

    TeamsToronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks

    TeamsToronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks

    1995 - 1998

    Vincent Lamar Carter Jr. (born January 26, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who is a basketball analyst for ESPN. He has been ranked as the greatest dunker of all time by...  more

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    #1261 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#10 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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    Phil Ford

    Point guard

    Age64

    Age64

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina

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

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

    1974 - 1978

    Phil Jackson Ford Jr. (born February 9, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in...  more
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    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    Age69

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

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

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

    1971 - 1972

    Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a...  more

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    #51 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#24 of 72 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

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    Jerry Stackhouse

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age46

    Age46

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina, USA

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina, USA

    Number42

    Number42

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

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

    1993 - 1995

    Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974) is an American basketball coach and retired professional basketball player. He is currently the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores, and he played...  more
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    Sam Perkins

    Power forward, Center

    Age59

    Age59

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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

    1980 - 1984

    NCAA Champion (1982)

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    #91 of 168 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#32 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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    Walter Davis

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age66

    Age66

    BirthplacePineville, North Carolina

    BirthplacePineville, North Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

    1973 - 1977

    Walter Pearl Davis (born September 9, 1954) 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...  more
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    Antawn Jamison

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age44

    Age44

    BirthplaceUSA, Shreveport, Louisiana

    BirthplaceUSA, Shreveport, Louisiana

    Number4

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

    1995 - 1998

    Antawn Cortez Jamison (; born June 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the Director Of...  more
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    Kenny Smith

    Point guard

    Age55

    Age55

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, Jamaica, New York

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, Jamaica, New York

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

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

    1983 - 1987

    Kenny "the Jet" Smith (born March 8, 1965) is an American sports commentator and former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played in the NBA from 1987 to...  more

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    #24 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#34 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

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    Tyler Hansbrough

    Power forward, Center

    Age35

    Age35

    BirthplaceColumbia, Missouri, United States of America

    BirthplaceColumbia, Missouri, United States of America

    Number50

    Number50

    2005 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

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    #57 of 113 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#4 of 26 Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

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    Age55

    Age55

    BirthplaceBlack Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

    BirthplaceBlack Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    1982 - 1986

    Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965) is an American retired basketball player, analyst, and co-owner of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing. He played college...  more

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    #32 of 56 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#19 of 25 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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    Billy Cunningham

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age77

    Age77

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    1962 - 1965

    William John Cunningham (born June 3, 1943) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid. He spent a total of 17 seasons with the NBA's...  more

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    #29 of 78 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches#82 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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    Charlie Scott

    Shooting guard

    Age72

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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

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

    1967 - 1970

    Charles Thomas Scott (born December 15, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association (ABA) and eight seasons in...  more
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    Rasheed Wallace

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age46

    Age46

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Number36

    Number36

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

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

    1993 - 1995

    Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Philadelphia,...  more

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    #105 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#272 of 325 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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    Ty Lawson

    Point guard

    Age33

    Age33

    BirthplaceClinton, Maryland

    BirthplaceClinton, Maryland

    Number3

    Number3

    2006 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

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    Danny Green

    Shooting guard

    Age33

    Age33

    BirthplaceNorth Babylon, New York

    BirthplaceNorth Babylon, New York

    Number4

    Number4

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    2005 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

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    #109 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#14 of 76 Every Athlete Signed To Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, Ranked

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    Age27

    Age27

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa

    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 Iowa...  more
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    Hubert Davis

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    Age50

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons

    1988 - 1992

    Hubert Ira Davis, Jr. (born May 17, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. Davis's nearly 44.1% NBA career three-point shot percentage ranks him second only...  more
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    George Lynch

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age50

    Age50

    BirthplaceRoanoke, USA, Virginia

    BirthplaceRoanoke, USA, Virginia

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

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

    1989 - 1993

    NCAA Champion (1993)

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    Raymond Felton

    Point guard

    Age36

    Age36

    BirthplaceMarion, South Carolina

    BirthplaceMarion, South Carolina

    Number2

    Number2

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    2002 - 2005

    NCAA Champion (2005)

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    #143 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#100 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

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    Joel Berry

    Point Guard

    2014 - 2018

    NCAA Champion (2017)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2017)

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    Bobby Jones

    Small forward

    Age69

    Age69

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    1971 - 1974

    Robert Clyde Jones (born December 18, 1951) is an American retired professional basketball player in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA)....  more

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    #10 of 83 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#59 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

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    Wayne Ellington

    Shooting guard

    Age33

    Age33

    BirthplaceWynnewood, Pennsylvania

    BirthplaceWynnewood, Pennsylvania

    Number2

    Number2

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    2006 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2009)

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    Age30

    Age30

    BirthplaceCocoa Beach, Florida

    BirthplaceCocoa Beach, Florida

    Number5

    Number5

    2014 - 2017

    NCAA Champion (2017)