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The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

Updated April 25, 2020 29.5k votes 3.9k voters 71.6k 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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  • Michael Jordan1
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    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    1981 - 1984

    NCAA Champion (1982)

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  • James Worthy2
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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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    #7 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s#9 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

  • Vince Carter3
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    Vince Carter

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    1995 - 1998

    Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #393 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#1386 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Bob McAdoo4
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    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    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...  more

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    #47 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#8 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

  • Phil Ford5
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    232

    Phil Ford

    Point guard

    Age63

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina

    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...  more
  • Sam Perkins6
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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)

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    #39 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#65 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Kenny Smith7
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    Kenny Smith

    Point guard

    Age55

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

    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...  more
  • Antawn Jamison8
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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

    Antawn Cortez Jamison (; born June 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Jerry Stackhouse9
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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

    Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974) is an American basketball coach and retired...  more

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    #74 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#22 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

  • Brad Daugherty10
    501
    177

    Age54

    BirthplaceBlack Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    1982 - 1986

    Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965) is an American retired basketball player,...  more

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  • Tyler Hansbrough11
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    Tyler Hansbrough

    Power forward, Center

    Age35

    BirthplaceColumbia, Missouri, United States of America

    Number50

    2005 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

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    #174 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#59 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

  • Ty Lawson12
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    Ty Lawson

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceClinton, Maryland

    Number3

    2006 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

  • Walter Davis13
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    Walter Davis

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age65

    BirthplacePineville, North Carolina

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

    1973 - 1977

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  • Billy Cunningham14
    434
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    Billy Cunningham

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age76

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    1962 - 1965

    William John Cunningham (born June 3, 1943) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #33 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches#83 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

  • Rasheed Wallace15
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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

    Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #117 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#69 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Charlie Scott16
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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

    Charles Thomas Scott (born December 15, 1948) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Danny Green17
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    Danny Green

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age33

    BirthplaceNorth Babylon, New York

    Number4

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

    2005 - 2009

    NCAA Champion (2009)

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  • Joel Berry18
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    Joel Berry

    Point Guard

    2014 - 2018

    NCAA Champion (2017)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2017)

  • George Lynch19
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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)

  • Wayne Ellington20
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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)

  • Marcus Paige21
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    Age26

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa

    2012 - 2016

    Marcus Taylor Paige is an American college basketball player for the University of North...  more
  • Hubert Davis22
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    Hubert Davis

    Shooting guard

    Age49

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    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...  more
  • Justin Jackson23
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    Age29

    BirthplaceCocoa Beach, Florida

    Number5

    2014 - 2017

    NCAA Champion (2017)

  • Luke Maye24
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    Luke Maye

    Forward

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels

    2015 - present

    NCAA Champion (2017)

  • Harrison Barnes25
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    Harrison Barnes

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age28

    BirthplaceAmes, Iowa

    Number40

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    2010 - 2012

    Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player...  more