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The Best North Carolina Tar Heels Point Guards Of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 1.9k votes 186 voters 2.0k views24 items

List RulesVote 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

    UNC career: 1974-1978

  • 2
    Ty Lawson

    UNC career: 2006-2009

    2009 NCAA champion

  • 3
    Raymond Felton

    UNC career: 2002-2005

    2005 NCAA champion

  • 4
    Kenny Smith

    UNC career: 1983-1987

  • 5
    Marcus Paige

    UNC career: 2012-2016

  • 6
    Joel Berry
    84
    31

    Joel Berry

    UNC career: 2014-2018

    2017 NCAA champion

  • 7
    Coby White
  • 8
    Ed Cota

    UNC career: 1996-2000

  • 9
    Derrick Phelps
    65
    25

    Derrick Phelps

    UNC career: 1990-1994

    1993 NCAA champion

  • 10
    Kendall Marshall

    UNC career: 2010-2012

  • 11
    Jimmy Black
    51
    24

    Jimmy Black

    UNC career: 1978-1982

    1982 NCAA champion

  • 12
    Jeff McInnis

    UNC career: 1993-1996

  • 13
    Larry Brown

    UNC career: 1960-1963

  • 14
    George Karl

    UNC career: 1970-1973

  • 15
    Tommy Kearns
    22
    30

    Tommy Kearns

    UNC career: 1955-1958

    1957 NCAA champion

  • 16
    Jeff Lebo

    UNC career: 1985-1989

  • 17
    King Rice
    27
    37

    King Rice

    UNC career: 1987-1991

  • 18
    Steve Hale
    18
    27

    Steve Hale

    UNC career: 1982-1986

  • 19
    Steve Previs
    15
    24

    Steve Previs

    UNC career: 1969-1972

  • 20
    Dick Grubar
    17
    28

    Dick Grubar

    UNC career: 1966-1969

  • 21
    John Kuester

    UNC career: 1973-1977

  • 22
    14
    32

    Bobby Frasor

  • 23
    Darrell Elston
    10
    27

    Darrell Elston

    UNC career: 1971-1974

  • 24
    Harvey Salz
    7
    22

    Harvey Salz

    UNC career: 1957-1960