Thursday, March 12, 2009

All-time starting five: North Carolina

The O List's all-time starting five for North Carolina basketball:

Phil Ford (1974-78): Probably the best pure point guard ever in the ACC, Ford (above) earned an important place in history when he led the Tar Heels to a win over N.C. State and David Thompson in the 1975 league championship game at Greensboro. It’s often forgotten that he was the 1979 NBA rookie of the year.

Michael Jordan (1981-84): The skinny freshman who first was referred to as “Mike” in 1982 later that season hit the winning shot against Georgetown in New Orleans to help Dean Smith secure his first NCAA championship. In the pros, of course, Jordan (above) went to become one of the most storied players in hoops history.

James Worthy (1979-82): “Big Game” James may forever rank as Carolina’s consummate warrior and best on-court, off-court leader. His epic battles against Virginia’s Ralph Sampson and Maryland’s Buck Williams will be included in highlight films years into the future. Later, he starred on some of the Los Angeles Lakers’ best teams.

Lennie Rosenbluth (1954-57): Arguably the most important player in Carolina and ACC history, Rosie’s 1957 season cemented college basketball as a fixture in the state’s social fabric. He averaged 28 ppg on a 32-0 team that beat Michigan State and Kansas in back-to-back triple-overtime games at the Final Four.

Tyler Hansbrough (2005-present): On the verge of passing former Duke star J.J. Redick as the ACC’s all-time career scorer, Hansbrough (above), the guy they call “Pyscho T,” has turned production of jersey No. 50 into a cottage industry. All that’s left for his resume is the one thing he wants most, a national championship ring.

— Caulton Tudor

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Think the O List is crazy for leaving someone out? Tell us who you'd add, and, just to make it interesting, who you would replace from our list. Put your thoughts in the comments section below.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Phil Ford: Probably the best pure point guard in ACC history"

What!?? Yeah, tell that to a certain Duke point guard who has the most assists in NCAA history...

Anonymous said...

Did this point guard for Duke play with a shot clock, and therefore more possessions per game?

Anonymous said...

Phil Ford: Probably the best pure point guard in ACC history"

What!?? Yeah, tell that to a certain Duke point guard who has the most assists in NCAA history...
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You mean Bobby Girley? That guy has the most tears in NCAA history as well

Anonymous said...

Is that your excuse to spot Phil 300+ assists he needs to catch Hurley?

Can we just admit that it was a HUGE stretch for Tudor to call Ford "the best pure point guard in ACC history?"

Anonymous said...

Lennie Rosenbluth-"arguably the most important player in...ACC history"

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Cauldron (or whatever your name is), you sure are one for hyperbole. Go Pack!

Anonymous said...

Hurley couldn't sniff Ford's jock (no matter how much he wanted to). No one game planned to stop Hurley, and he couldn't take over a game on his own. A nice point guard, but not in Ford's class.

Anonymous said...

I will take Bobby Jones or Walter Davis any day over Tyler Hansbrough....

Anonymous said...

Phil Ford is one of the best college basketball players that ever played. Period. Ask the guys who played/coached against him. Very special player.

Lennie Rosenbluth was the star on the 1957 national champion. The Final Four got the game on tv with CD Chesley. Must agree that was a huge boost for ACC basketball.

The players for UNC that did not make the cut are impressive. Billy Cunningham, Larry Miller, Charlie Scott, Bobby Jones, Walter Davis, Al Wood, are some that come to mind from the "old days". Same with Duke.

Anonymous said...

Probably would have included "Sweet D". Ran into him and Phil Ford as a ninth grader during a summer basketball camp excursion to Chapel Hill after they'd won back to back rookie of the year awards for Denver and KC respectively. i'd met Walter at my middle school the previous year and he remembered my name when I came across the parking lot at Granville Towers. I couldn't believe it. My mom took a photo of me between them that she has to this day. It's also hard to overlook Sam Perkins and Mike O'Koren. Great players in their day.

Anonymous said...

What about Billy Cunningham? He was terrific and should be there rather than psychotic T.

Matt Privett said...

I don't have a problem with this list. Hansbrough definitely belongs. No question about it. Ford IS the best pure point guard ever in the ACC. Jordan and Rosenbluth are no brainers. The only one you could possibly sub for in this list is Worthy.

Anonymous said...

Phil Ford had a real nose for the game...

Nyl Pools said...

Come on, what about Timo Mahickon, Bruce Buckley, Warren Martin, Wallace Hinkle, Jim Smith and Raymond Felton??

wes said...

Wow, and nobody has mentioned Jamison.....one of only a handful of Heels to actually have his jersey RETIRED. Very tough to leave him off.

Anonymous said...

Sean May!!

Anonymous said...

Top 5 in UNC History:
1. Phil Ford
2. MJ
3. James Worthy
4. Sam Perkins
5. Tyler Hansborough

Anonymous said...

Tell ya what. Put these five guys in playing form out there with a couple of subs and then find me five others from another school who'll beat them 3 of 5....

Anonymous said...

Ummmmmm ok.

Jay Williams
Johnny Dawkins
Grant Hill
Christian Laettner
Elton Brand


How's that?

Anonymous said...

You forgot to include "The Refs" in UNC's starting five.

Anonymous said...

Sorry you Duke guys always have to find someoine to blame for your failures....it's the ref or the weather or the full moon. Whiners,

And besides Brand that Duke quintet couldn't rebound a wet sock.

cotadog said...

1. Phil Ford > Jay Williams
2. MJ > Johnny Dawkins
3. James Worthy > Grant Hill
4. Sam Perkins (push) Christian Laettner
5. Tyler Hansborough > Elton Brand

Anonymous said...

"Sam Perkins (push) Christian Laettner"

bwaahahahahahahaha you crack me up cotadog.

Bobby Hurley > any UNC PG ever
Laettner > any UNC player ever

Anonymous said...

McAdoo!

Anonymous said...

Ford was not "probably" the best pure point guard in ACC history. He IS the best pure point guard in ACC history.

Anonymous said...

Hurley???? That dork was not even co-ordinated enough to know how to drive.

Anonymous said...

Duke's 2nd team "starting five" could top this Carolina group...

Bobby Hurley (#1 NCAA assists)
JJ Redick (2006 POY)
Grant Hill (2 championships)
Danny Ferry (1989 POY)
Elton Brand (1999 POY)

Anonymous said...

...apologies to Dick Groat (1952 POY) and Shane Battier (2001 POY).

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