No other college has more than one former player selected to compete in the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played February 20 in Denver.
The former UNC teammates were selected on consecutive picks in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft after their junior years at Carolina. Jamison was the fourth pick by the Toronto Raptors; Carter was selected on the next pick by the Golden State Warriors. The teams traded the players for one another that same night.
Jamison has played in the NBA for three teams -- the Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards. He has averaged 19.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in seven professional seasons and was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2003-04. This year, Jamison is averaging 20.5 points and 8.1 rebounds and has led the Wizards to a 28-19 record, the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference.
Carter was traded by the Raptors to the New Jersey Nets earlier this year. The six-time all-star has averaged 23.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in his career and was a member of the 2000 U.S.Olympic gold-medal winning team. This year, he has averaged 21.0 points per game, including 25.6 points per game in 23 contests with the Nets. He has scored 41 and 43 points in his last two games and 30 or more points in seven of his last 11 games with the Nets.
Carolina's NBA All-Stars include Michael Jordan (14 selections), James Worthy (seven), Walter Davis (six), Carter (six), Brad Daugherty (five), Bob McAdoo (five), Billy Cunningham (four), Bobby Jones (four), Charles Scott (three), Jerry Stackhouse (two), Rasheed Wallace (two), Lee Shaffer (one) and Jamison.
Also, Carolina head coach Roy Williams coached Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce while both were at the University of Kansas. Pierce will be playing in his fourth NBA All-Star Game as a member of the East squad.