Ranking Former Tar Heels Currently in the NBA

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Ranking Former Tar Heels Currently in the NBA
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Besides being a college powerhouse, the University of North Carolina's basketball team also has a habit of producing great NBA players. Since 1948, the Tar Heels have had 98 players selected in the draft with 12 currently playing. That number of players ties them with Kansas for fifth on the list of colleges with players in the league. That's four off the leader, which is their archrival Duke. The Heels aren't complaining though because their five draft picks (which would have put them in first) from last year all decided to stay for this season to compete for a National Championship.

A true showing of how good of a program North Carolina is, is that out of the 12 players, 11 of them were first round draft picks. Danny Green was the only exception, who was selected in the second round in 2009. Along with that, out of the 12, only Brandan Wright—who played in the 2006-2007 season—did not get a chance to play in a Final Four. The rest played in at least one, some two, and Brendan Haywood even got to play in three.

The following list is based off this year's performances, not the player's entire careers. There are several players that are in the D-League and playing overseas as well, but this is just accounting for the players that are on the actual roster as of the day this was written. 

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