Carolinas Connection - Current Players

Carolinas Connection
Once again in 2003-04 the Carolinas region is well-represented on NBA rosters as 25 of the 29 teams have a player from the Carolinas. In the 2002-03 season, North Carolina was tied for second among all states for NBA players who attended college in the state, behind California. The combination of North and South Carolina moved the region narrowly behind California. In 2001-02, North Carolina and California each had an NBA-best 33 players from its state’s universities and South Carolina added eight players. Below is a list of those players on 2003-04 rosters who attended college or grew up in the Carolinas, plus head coaches and front office executives with area ties.

Current NBA players from the Carolinas
Player Carolina Ties Current NBA Team
Courtney Alexander Durham, NC New Orleans
Ray Allen Dallzell, SC Seattle
Darrell Armstrong Gastonia, NC and Fayetteville State New Orleans
Shane Battier Duke Memphis
Carlos Boozer Duke Cleveland
Elton Brand Duke L.A. Clippers
Greg Buckner Clemson Philadelphia
Elden Campbell Clemson Detroit
Vince Carter UNC Toronto
Dale Davis Clemson Portland
Hubert Davis UNC (also born in Winston-Salem) New Jersey
Tim Duncan Wake Forest San Antonio
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. Duke Golden State
Rick Fox UNC L.A. Lakers
Kevin Garnett Mauldin, SC Minnesota
Horace Grant Clemson L.A. Lakers
Tom Gugliotta North Carolina State Utah
Brendan Haywood Greensboro, NC and UNC Washington
Grant Hill Duke Orlando
Josh Howard Winston-Salem, NC and Wake Forest Dallas
Antawn Jamison Providence HS and UNC Dallas
Anthony Johnson Charleston, SC and College of Charleston Indiana
Dahntay Jones Duke Memphis
Christian Laettner Duke Washington
Rusty LaRue Wake Forest Golden State
George Lynch UNC New Orleans
Corey Maggette Duke L.A. Clippers
Jeff McInnis West Charlotte HS and UNC Cleveland
Mikki Moore Gaffney, SC Utah
Ronald Murray Shaw University Seattle
Jermaine O’Neal Columbia, SC Indiana
Rodney Rogers Durham, NC and Wake Forest New Jersey
Darius Songaila Wake Forest Sacramento
Jerry Stackhouse UNC Washington
Rasheed Wallace UNC Detroit
David West Garner, NC (Raleigh area) New Orleans
Rodney White UNC Charlotte Denver
Chris Whitney Clemson Washington
Chris Wilcox Whiteville, NC L.A. Clippers
Jay Williams Duke Chicago
Scott Williams UNC Dallas
Shammond Williams UNC New Orleans
Head Coaches/Front Office
Larry Brown UNC and Carolina Cougars Detroit
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. USC L.A. Clippers
Nate McMillan Raleigh, NC, Chowan and NC State Seattle
Billy King Duke Philadelphia
Mitch Kupchak UNC Lakers GM
Donnie Walsh UNC Indiana
Danny Ferry Duke San Antonio