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UNC Basketball: Tar Heels in the NBA

Who’s balling out and where?

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

After Danny Green was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers early this season, it appears that his storied 14-year, three-championship career in the NBA has ended. There are now nine UNC basketball alumni playing in the league.

With the NBA season approaching its midway point, let’s check in on each Tar Heel pro and see how their years are going.

Cole Anthony - Orlando Magic

For the Magic, Cole isn’t a starter but he’s one of the first players off the bench. He logs about 25 minutes per game and is currently averaging 13.7 points. With his backcourt teammate Gary Harris nursing an injury, Anthony will likely keep getting a good chunk of playing time.

Harrison Barnes - Sacramento Kings

The starting small forward for the 23-15 Kings, Barnes is scoring 10.8 points per game and shooting 47% from the field, but his minutes are trending downward compared to earlier in his career.

Leaky Black - Charlotte Hornets

Leaky hasn’t gotten a lot of run with the struggling Hornets in his rookie season, seeing the court in nine games so far, although he did have a highlight dunk in one breakaway. Charlotte is currently sporting a four-game losing streak.

Reggie Bullock - Houston Rockets

The former Tar Heel sharpshooter is currently only averaging 9 minutes per contest but the 32-year-old is still making 36% of his three point attempts.

Cameron Johnson - Brooklyn Nets

Cam starts at small forward for the Nets and is having a very solid season scoring 14.5 points and just under five rebounds per game. One of the best outside shooters in recent Tar Heel history, he is currently hitting 41% from deep this season.

Walker Kessler - Utah Jazz

As the backup center for the Jazz, the former Tar Heel-turned-Auburn Tiger is averaging 24 minutes per game, scoring 8.9ppg and corralling 7.7rpg while shooting 64.8% from the floor. Utah is 20-20 and has won four straight.

Nassir Little - Phoenix Suns

Averaging five points and two and a half rebounds per outing in 24 games played, Nas comes off the bench for the Kevin Durant-led Suns.

Day’Ron Sharpe - Brooklyn Nets

As the backup power forward Day’Ron is scoring at a seven and a half points per game clip while pulling down seven boards per game. He averages 16 minutes per game off the bench. Unfortunately he recently suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss the next several weeks.

Coby White - Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are finally letting Coby cook and he is feasting. The now-starting point guard is having a heck of a season, with a stat line averaging 18.6pts, 4.5reb, and 5.0ast, by far the most assists of any player on this list. Playing alongside Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, White also leads the NBA in most minutes played this season.

Best of luck to all Tar Heel alums who are still pursuing their NBA dreams!