As I wrote in a previous post, the list of former Tar Heels among the NBA's best players is remarkably thin—and as a matter of fact, advanced in age—for a program that has achieved such an incredible run of success over the past eight seasons.
The Tar Heels placed only two players in the top 100 in Hollinger's Player Efficiency Rating this season, and only one, Ty Lawson, is a significant contributor to his team; the other, Brandan Wright, plays fewer than 15 minutes per game.
This development has been a decade in the making as Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter left their prime and neared the ends of their respective careers, and no one from the great teams of 2005 and 2009 stepped up to assume the mantle.
The reasons for the development, however, are more complex than observing the simple fact that Carolina players recently have not succeeded in the NBA. While the program has not produced NBA stars, its production of NBA players has not slowed, and the reasons for the lack of success are different for each. Some are based on the players themselves, and some are beyond the players' control.
With consideration of each of the program's 12 current NBA players, here are five reasons recent Tar Heels have not succeeded in the NBA, and to which of those twelve each reason applies.