The NBA's All-Duke-North Carolina Team
Roy Williams and Mike Kryzewski have had many of their star players join the NBA in the past years. Some of these players have become the stars they were expected to be, while others never lived up to their potential.
The North Carolina-Duke rivalry is arguably the biggest rivalry in all of college sports. The Duke and North Carolina basketball programs are two of the most represented programs in the NBA along, with the UConn Huskies.
Duke and North Carolina have been the staples of basketball for many years and will continue to be for many years to come.
Since the teams are such rivals and so comparable, I decided to take current Duke and North Carolina alums in the NBA and make the NBA's All-Duke-North Carolina Team.
PG-Raymond Felton, North Carolina
Felton played three years as a member of the Tar Heels. In his freshman year he was named Carolina's Player of the Year. In his last year in Chapel Hill, he helped the Tar Heels win the National Championship.
Felton was then drafted with the fifth pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Since coming to the NBA, Felton has averaged over ten points and five assists every season. He has also proved to be durable, missing only one game last season, while averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 assists per game.
SG-Vince Carter, North Carolina
Carter attended North Carolina from 1995-1998. During his time in Chapel Hill, Carter was one of the biggest stars in college basketball.
In the 1998 NBA Draft, Carter was selected with the fifth pick by the Golden State Warriors. Carter was immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors. Carter made an immediate impact, winning the NBA's 1999 Rookie of the Year award.
Carter was a fan favorite,mostly due to his high flying, electrifying dunk contest competitions.
The Raptors would then trade Carter to the New Jersey Nets, where he played from 2004-2009.
Recently, Carter was then traded to the Orlando Magic. Carter, an eight time NBA All-Star has been a great addition for an already talented Magic team.
SF- Grant Hill, Duke
Grant Hill is one of the biggest names to have come out of the Duke program. During his collegiate career,he was twice named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Hill was selected with the third pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Hill would go on to be named the NBA's Co-Rookie of the Year award in his first season along with Dallas Maverick Jason Kidd.
As a member of the Pistons, Hill was an All-Star from 1997-2000.
Hill was then traded to the Orlando Magic during the 2000-2001 NBA Season. As a member of the Magic Hill was frequently injured and played fewer than 70 games.
During the 2007-2008 NBA season, Hill signed with the Phoenix Suns. Last season, Hill played in all 82 games for the first time in his career.
Hill was named one of Basketball's 75 Best Players Ever by SLAM magazine.
PF-Carlos Boozer, Duke
Boozer was a member of the Blue Devils for three season, helping Duke win the National Championship in 2001.
Boozer was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers second round (34th overall) in the 2002 NBA Draft.
He made an immediate impact and was named to the 2003 NBA All-Rookie Team. Boozer played for the Cavaliers for two seasons, averaging over ten points per game.
After the 2003-2004 NBA season Boozer signed a 6 year, $70 million dollar contract with the Utah Jazz. As a member of the Jazz, Boozer has made two All-Star appearances while averaging close to a double-double in Utah.
C- Shelden Williams, Duke
Williams is essentially the only legitimate center to come from either team into the NBA in recent years.
Williams played four season as a Blue Devil and was a finalist for the John Wooden National Player of the Year award in his senior season.
Williams was selected with the fifth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Since then, he has played for the Kings, Timberwolves, and is currently on the Boston Celtics.
Although he is a solid player, Williams has never made the impact that he was expected to make.
In his short NBA career, Williams averaged 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.