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The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time  

Ranker NCAA Basketball
650 votes 86 voters 24 items

List Rules Vote up players based just on their UNC careers.

The best North Carolina Tar Heels point guards ever have all had a part in making UNC one of the top-tier Division I college programs in the nation. The early days of the college game were dominated by swift passers and smooth shooters, but even as the game has pivoted more toward versatile swingmen, outside shooters are still a major part of NCAA success.

Older players like Phil Ford and Kenny Smith made their mark in the history of North Carolina's offense with their great performances in the past, as newer players like Ty Lawson and Joel Berry carried on that legacy with tremendous talent and skill. The Tar Heels have had many point guards go on to the NBA, and some even had Hall of Fame-level careers, but it all started with their days starting for North Carolina basketball.

So which of these players from UNC's long history deserves to rank near the top of the list? Who are the best Tar Heels PGs of all-time? Vote below, and if you see any players missing from the list who should be considered, feel free to add them as well.

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1
Phil Ford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1974-1978

2
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1983-1987

3
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 2006-2009

2009 NCAA champion

4
Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 2002-2005

2005 NCAA champion

5
Joel Berry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Joel Berry

UNC career: 2014-2018

2017 NCAA champion

6
Jeff McInnis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1993-1996

7
Ed Cota is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1996-2000

8
Marcus Paige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 2012-2016

9
Derrick Phelps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Derrick Phelps

UNC career: 1990-1994

1993 NCAA champion

10
Coby White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Kyle Chorpening added
11
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1960-1963

12
Jimmy Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Jimmy Black

UNC career: 1978-1982

1982 NCAA champion

13
Kendall Marshall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 2010-2012

14
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1970-1973

15
Jeff Lebo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1985-1989

16
King Rice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
King Rice

UNC career: 1987-1991

17
Tommy Kearns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Tommy Kearns

UNC career: 1955-1958

1957 NCAA champion

18
Dick Grubar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Dick Grubar

UNC career: 1966-1969

19
Steve Hale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Steve Hale

UNC career: 1982-1986

20
John Kuester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

UNC career: 1973-1977

21
Darrell Elston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Darrell Elston

UNC career: 1971-1974

22
Bobby Frasor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Kyle Chorpening added Bobby Frasor
23
Steve Previs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Steve Previs

UNC career: 1969-1972

24
Harvey Salz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time
Harvey Salz

UNC career: 1957-1960