Successful NBA Players
When it comes to former University of North Carolina basketball players and their success in the NBA, you could always talk about guys like Bob McAdoo or James Worthy, but you can hardly even start the conversation without mentioning a certain guy by the name of Michael Jeffrey Jordan.
As much as any single athlete in the history of college sports, Jordan — along with the reign of the legendary Dean Smith — made it an honor to wear the Tar Heels’ powder blue uniform. And while the program hasn’t quite produced the same level of players since the days of Jordan and Worthy, they’ve certainly had their fair share of guys’ who have enjoyed NBA success.
While he was admittedly much more than a gravity-defying dunk artist, you can very legitimately make an argument that Vince Carter was the most thrilling dunking savants in the history of the NBA, and you could make that argument using only two facts:
1) his performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk contest, which may be the single greatest performance ever in said contest; and 2) his incredible “posterization” of Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympic games. That latter dunk has been nicknamed “the dunk of death,” for obvious reasons.