10 Reasons Why UNC Duke is the Best Rivalry in Basketball

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Mar 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane (50) shoots the game winning shot against North Carolina Tar Heels forward J.P. Tokoto (13) and forward Jackson Simmons (21) in the second half of a men

Legendary Players

Where should I start with the legendary players? How about naming just a few…

Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock, Vince Carter, Ed Davis, Hubert Davis, Wayne Ellington, Raymond Felton, Phil Ford, Rick Fox, Danny Green, P.J. Hairston, Tyler Hansbrough, Brendan Haywood, John Henson, Antawn Jamison, Michael Jordan, George Karl, Mitch Kupchak, Ty Lawson, Jeff Lebo, Kendall Marshall, Sean May, James Michael McAdoo, Rashad err…, Eric Montross, Mike O’Koren, Sam Perkins, J.R. Reid, Lennie Rosenbluth, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Marvin Williams, Brandan Wright and Tyler Zeller from UNC and

Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, Johnny Dawkins, Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Mike Dunleavy, Danny Ferry, Mike Gminski, Gerald Henderson (everyone’s least favorite), Grant Hill, Rodney Hood, Bobby Hurley, Kyrie Irving, Ryan Kelly, Christian Laettner, Corey Maggette, Josh McRoberts, Jabari Parker, Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers (okay, he is everyone’s least favorite), Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, Lance Thomas and Jay Williams from Duke

all participated in, lived and breathed and competed in this rivalry. That’s not a bad list of names, huh? In all, 146 players from Duke and UNC played in the NBA. I think it is fair to say that their have been some pretty talented and some pretty legendary players in this rivalry over the years.

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