North Carolina Basketball: Ranking the Tar Heels' All-Time Best NBA Players

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North Carolina Basketball: Ranking the Tar Heels' All-Time Best NBA Players
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Tar Heel blood runs deep in the NBA.

The University of North Carolina has produced a whopping total of 103 NBA players during the storied history of its program. Not all those players became legends at the next level, but many of the names will never be forgotten.

Fourteen former UNC Tar Heels have split 29 NBA titles. In 1996, three of them were voted into the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History." One holds the undisputed title of the "Greatest Player Ever."

I have narrowed UNC's all-time best NBA players to 15. It doesn't take a rocket scientist—or even a Tar Heel fan—to know who is ranked at the top. But with 102 other players battling for position, there is a lot of wiggle room for the other 14.

Only players with at least five years of NBA experience made this list, as the younger Tar Heels have yet to write their NBA history. Attitude, longevity and skill all played a part in my rankings.

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