NBA Draft: Picking an NBA All-Star Team of Former North Carolina Players
The NBA Draft is approaching soon, and while North Carolina's top players (Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Tyler Zeller) have opted to return to Chapel Hill for the 2011-12 season, the Tar Heels have sent many excellent players to the NBA throughout the years.
Colleges like to brag about which school has produced the best NBA players, and UNC certainly has an argument for being one of the top schools in this category.
Of all the players who have played at North Carolina, however, who would compose the UNC-NBA All-Star Team? There are plenty of options, so read on to see who makes the cut!
Thanks to basketball-reference.com and wikipedia.com for some information used in this article.
Guard: Vince Carter
Remember: starting lineups of NBA All-Star teams don't necessarily have to include one player at each position. And considering that UNC has never produced an All-Star point guard, Vince Carter finds himself in this slot for the UNC-NBA All-Star Team.
Mr. Carter has been an electrifying participant of many NBA All-Star Games throughout his career, exciting fans and energizing teammates with his thunderous dunks. He has been selected for six All-Star Games as a starter, and actually relinquished his starting role once to the next athlete on our list.
More than just a participator in the games, Carter was the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2000. To say that he's a fun All-Star Game player would be an understatement.
Just watch the video...
All-Star Game Stats: 10.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.9 APG
Guard: Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is perhaps the best NBA All-Star of all-time.
MJ was a fourteen-time NBA All-Star, and he was the MVP in three of his appearances. He recorded a triple-double in 1997, scored a total of 262 points, which is an NBA All-Star Game record, and was a staple of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in the late 1980s.
The only two players with more All-Star Game appearances than Jordan are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Shaquille O'Neal (15). MJ represented North Carolina well in all of his appearances, and if he hadn't retired prematurely on two different occasions, he would have an even greater legacy as an NBA All-Star (if that's possible).
All-Star Game Stats: 20.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.2 APG, 2.8 SPG
Forward: James Worthy
James Worthy appeared in seven NBA All-Star Games during the 1980s and 1990s, and was a starter three times.
In his first and second appearances, he went off for 20 and 22 points, respectively. Although his All-Star Game production decreased over the years, that should not take away anything from the UNC alumnus.
Along with being a seven-time NBA All-Star, Worthy won three NBA Championships, and had one of the finest career out of any former North Carolina basketball players.
All-Star Game Stats: 10.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.0 SPG
Forward: Bob McAdoo
Bob McAdoo was one of the best scorers that the NBA All-Star Game ever saw.
McAdoo was a prolific scorer during the regular season, averaging 22.1 points per game throughout his NBA career. His production did not slip much playing alongside other superstars, as he scored 30 points in the 1977 NBA All-Star Game.
McAdoo will be remembered as one of the best shooting big men of all-time, and he had success in the NBA largely due to a great career at UNC.
All-Star Game Stats: 17.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.2 APG, 57.8% Field Goal Shooting
Center: Billy Cunningham
At 6'6", Billy Cunningham was a bit undersized for a center. However his nickname, the Kangaroo Kid, makes it known that he had great jumping ability.
Cunningham had one of the best careers of any North Carolina players, averaging 24.3 points per game and 15.1 rebounds per game during his career as a member of the Tar Heels. He transitioned well to the NBA, where he was a four-time All-Star and was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
In four NBA All-Star Games, Cunningham made his impact felt, scoring double-digits in all but one appearance. In addition to the NBA, he was a one-time ABA All-Star.
All-Star Game Stats: 12.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.3 APG
The following former Tar Heels were all named to NBA All-Star Games during their careers. In parenthesis are the years each player was an NBA All-Star.
Walter Davis (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987)
Brad Daugherty (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993)
Bobby Jones (1977, 1978, 1981, 1982)
Rasheed Wallace (2000, 2001, 2006, 2008)
Charles Scott (1973, 1974, 1975)
Antawn Jamison (2005, 2008)
Jerry Stackhouse (2000, 2001)
Lee Shaffer (1963)