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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Washington 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
Small forward from Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

1979 - 1982

NCAA Champion (1982)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1982)

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#2,053 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #34 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #12 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

3
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 25

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

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

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#1,920 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #41 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #10 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

4
Tyler Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Columbia, Missouri, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 50

2005 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

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5
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

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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#888 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #65 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #46 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

6
Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 45

Number: 42

Teams: Dallas 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 ...more

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#172 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #82 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #43 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

7
Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from USA, Shreveport, Louisiana

Age: 43

Number: 4

Teams: Dallas 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 ...more

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#437 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #89 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #108 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

8
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 45

Number: 36

Teams: Washington 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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#94 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #70 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #173 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

9
Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

1980 - 1984

NCAA Champion (1982)

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#197 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #93 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #69 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

10
Phil Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Age: 63

Teams: Kansas 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 ...more

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#359 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #59 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked #8 of 18 The Best NCAA Point Guards of the 1970s

11
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, + more

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 ...more

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#198 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #55 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #25 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

12
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Clinton, Maryland

Age: 32

Number: 3

2006 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

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13
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Cleveland 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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#201 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #100 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #48 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

14
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 76

Teams: Philadelphia 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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#1,567 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #569 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #87 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

15
Marcus Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Guard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Age: 26

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
16
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Pineville, North Carolina

Age: 65

Teams: Phoenix 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 ...more

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#1,809 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #625 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #138 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

17
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Ames, Iowa, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 40

Teams: Sacramento Kings

2010 - 2012

Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Guest_54fea734-4432-449e-80a9-7119ce605ab2 added Shooting guard and Small forward from North Babylon, New York

Age: 32

Number: 4

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

2005 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

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19
Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Marion, South Carolina

Age: 35

Number: 2

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

2002 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

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20
Justin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
arthur2017bm added Forward from Cocoa Beach, Florida

Age: 29

Number: 5

2014 - 2017

NCAA Champion (2017)

21
Charlie Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from New York City, New York

Age: 71

Teams: Phoenix 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 ...more

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22
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from Charlotte, North Carolina

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 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).

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23
Brice Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Guest_54fea734-4432-449e-80a9-7119ce605ab2 added Forward from Orangeburg, South Carolina

Age: 25

2012 - 2016

Brice Johnson is a basketball player who plays for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
24
Wayne Ellington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Guest_54fea734-4432-449e-80a9-7119ce605ab2 added Shooting guard from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Age: 32

Number: 2

Teams: New York Knicks

2006 - 2009

NCAA Champion (2009)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2009)

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25
Sean May is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 35

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats

2002 - 2005

NCAA Champion (2005)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2005)

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