Sports
289 voters

The Best NBA Players from Tennessee

Updated July 18, 2019 2.9k votes 289 voters 7.7k views83 items

List RulesOnly NBA players born in Tennessee.

Here are the best NBA players from Tennessee. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Tennessee includes Penny Hardaway, Oscar Robertson, Lou Williams, and J. J. Redick. Who is the greatest NBA player from Tennessee?

Vote up the top Tennessee NBA players, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. Then head over and check out some more top athletes from Tennessee with a list of the best NFL players from Tennessee.

...more
  • 1
    205
    19

    Oscar Robertson

    Charlotte, Tennessee
    Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired...  more

    More Oscar Robertson 

    #573 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time#3 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • 2
    160
    32

    Anfernee Hardaway

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach...  more

    More Penny Hardaway 

    #59 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#15 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • 3
    147
    30

    Lou Williams

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Louis Tyrone Williams (born October 27, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more

    More Lou Williams 

    #35 of 264 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#83 of 100 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • 4
    116
    24

    J. J. Redick

    Cookeville, Tennessee
    Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player...  more

    More J. J. Redick 

    #21 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#3 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time

  • 5
    67
    28

    Corey Brewer

    Portland, Tennessee
    Corey Wayne Brewer (born March 5, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last...  more
  • 6
    38
    15

    Ron Mercer

    Nashville, Tennessee
    Ronald Eugene Mercer (born May 18, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • 7
    33
    10

    Lorenzen Wright

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (November 4, 1975 – July 19, 2010) was an American professional...  more
  • 8
    36
    16

    Johnny Neumann

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Carl John Neumann (September 11, 1950 – April 23, 2019), nicknamed "Johnny Reb", was an...  more
  • 9
    30
    12

    Paul Hogue

    Knoxville, Tennessee
    Paul H. "Duke" Hogue (April 28, 1940 – August 17, 2009) was an American basketball player....  more
  • 10
    46
    30

    Jodie Meeks

    Nashville, Tennessee
    Orestes Jodie Meeks II (born August 21, 1987) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • 11
    35
    17

    Steve Hamer

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Steve Ray Hamer (born November 13, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • 12
    30
    13

    Bailey Howell

    Middleton, Tennessee
    Bailey E. Howell (born January 20, 1937) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • 13
    35
    19

    Ian Clark

    Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles
    Ian Clark is the basketball player at Cal State Northridge Matadors....  more
  • 14
    23
    8

    Malcolm Mackey

    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Malcolm Malik Mackey (born July 11, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player...  more
  • 15
    26
    12

    Brandan Wright

    Nashville, Tennessee
    Brandan Keith Wright (born October 5, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who...  more
  • 16
    27
    14

    Larry Finch

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Larry O. Finch (February 16, 1951 – April 2, 2011) was a player and coach for the University...  more
  • 17
    25
    14

    Jarnell Stokes

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Jarnell D'Marcus Stokes (born January 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • 18
    26
    14

    Bingo Smith

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Robert "Bingo" Smith (born February 26, 1946) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • 19
    26
    15

    Campy Russell

    Jackson, Tennessee
    Michael Campanella "Campy" Russell (born January 12, 1952) is an American former professional...  more
  • 20
    23
    12

    Chris Garner

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Christopher Winslow Garner (born February 23, 1975) is an American former professional...  more
  • 21
    Tarik Black is an American basketball player....  more
  • 22
    20
    13

    Charles Davis

    Nashville, Tennessee
    Not to be confused with Charlie Davis (basketball), another American basketball player born in...  more
  • 23
    20
    13

    Tony Delk

    Covington, Tennessee
    Tony Lorenzo Delk (born January 28, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player...  more
  • 24
    15
    8

    Shawne Williams

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Shawne Brian Williams (born February 16, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • 25
    15
    9

    Corey Beck

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Corey Laveon Beck (born May 27, 1971) is a retired American basketball player. Born in...  more