North Carolina Basketball: Tar Heels Who Went on to Win NBA Championships

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North Carolina Basketball: Tar Heels Who Went on to Win NBA Championships
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For the University of North Carolina, winning doesn't stop at the college level.

In the last 35 years, only 12 NBA championships have been won by teams that didn't have a former Tar Heel on the squad. UNC also produced eight players who are in the 2012 NBA Playoffs—two are still alive in the second round.

That's pretty impressive.

Through the entire history of the NBA, a total of 29 titles have been won by 14 former Tar Heels. According to Fox Sports Florida, that is the most by any college—above UCLA (26), Ohio State (25), San Francisco (25), Minnesota (18) and Kentucky (17).

Where is Duke on that list?

Despite Mike Krzyzewski producing the second-most NBA players in league history, former Duke players have only won two NBA championships—Danny Ferry in 2003 and Jeff Mullins in 1975 (before Coach K). That is every bit as shocking to me as the astounding number Carolina has won.

Even more impressive is that UNC products continue to produce NBA championships beyond their playing years. Including general managers and coaches, UNC has produced a total of 42 titles.

Who are the players that won NBA titles?

That's what we are about to uncover. Then I'll finish it up with the former Tar Heels who made it to the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  

 

You can find the full list of UNC's NBA champions on Hoopedia.

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