UNC Basketball: Ranking the Best Former Tar Heels in the NBA Right Now

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UNC Basketball: Ranking the Best Former Tar Heels in the NBA Right Now
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Ty Lawson is running the show in Denver.

North Carolina has a long tradition of producing NBA talent. Through the '80s and '90s, UNC reigned supreme with the likes of Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison.

All of those former Tar Heels were recruited by the great Dean Smith, and now, they are all either retired or reaching the end of their careers.

Roy Williams has recruited a lot of collegiate talent in his time at Chapel Hill, but nobody has made that impact on the NBA like the aforementioned Tar Heels.

It looks like that is beginning to change.

No college was represented more in the 2013 NBA playoffs than UNC. At least one Tar Heel was present in seven of the eight series, and most of them were starters.

One was even being considered for Finals MVP, until his team was ultimately knocked off.

That isn't to say Carolina has another G.O.A.T. lined up, but it won't be long before we start seeing the Tar Heels represented in All-Star games and holding NBA titles once again.

The following list contains the five best former Tar Heels in the NBA right now, ranked by overall talent and production at the next level.

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