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The Best NBA Players from Tennessee 

Ranker NBA
Updated July 18, 2019 1.6k votes 202 voters 5.3k views 83 items

List Rules Only 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.

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Point guard and Shooting guard from Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 81

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. ...more

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Point guard and Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers and a former professional player. Hardaway played in the National ...more

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#16 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #62 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #17 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Point guard and Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 33

Number: 3

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Louis Williams may refer to: Louis Williams (American football) (born 1979), American football player Louis Williams (sailor) (1845–1886), American sailor Louis Williams (architect) (1890–1980), ...more

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J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Point guard and Shooting guard from Cookeville, Tennessee

Age: 35

Number: 4

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected ...more

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Corey Brewer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Shooting guard and Small forward from Portland, Tennessee, USA

Age: 33

Number: 13

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

Corey Wayne Brewer (born March 5, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Jodie Meeks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Shooting guard from Nashville, Tennessee

Age: 32

Number: 20

Teams: Free agent

Orestes Jodie Meeks II (born August 21, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky. On January ...more

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#26 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #97 of 129 The Best Milwaukee Bucks of All Time #23 of 26 The Best Orlando Magic Shooting Guards of All Time

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Ian Clark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Guard from Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles, California

Age: 28

Ian Clark is the basketball player at Cal State Northridge Matadors.
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Johnny Neumann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee

Age: 68

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers

Carl John Neumann (September 11, 1950 – April 23, 2019), nicknamed "Johnny Reb", was an American professional basketball player and coach. At 6'6" and 200 pounds, he played the ...more
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Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Shooting guard and Small forward from Jackson, Tennessee

Age: 67

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

Michael Campanella "Campy" Russell (born January 12, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player. He played the forward position in the National Basketball Association ...more
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Ron Mercer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Small forward from Nashville, Tennessee

Age: 43

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, + more

Ronald Eugene Mercer (born May 18, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. After his career at the University of Kentucky, Mercer played for several teams in the National ...more

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Brandan Wright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Power forward from Nashville, Tennessee

Age: 32

Number: 34

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Brandan Keith Wright (born October 5, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Growing up in ...more
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Jarnell Stokes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Jarnell Stokes Forward from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 25

Jarnell D'Marcus Stokes (born January 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played ...more
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Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Bingo Smith Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 73

Teams: San Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Diego Rockets

Robert "Bingo" Smith (born February 26, 1946) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for the San Diego Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Diego
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Chris Garner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Point guard from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 44

Teams: Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

Christopher Winslow Garner (born February 23, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA.
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Lorenzen Wright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Power forward and Center from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: Dec. at 35 (1975-2010)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers

Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (November 4, 1975 – July 19, 2010) was an American professional basketball player who played thirteen seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was drafted ...more
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Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Small forward from Middleton, Tennessee

Age: 82

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

Bailey E. Howell (born January 20, 1937) is an American former professional basketball player. After playing college basketball at Mississippi State, Howell played twelve seasons in the National ...more

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Larry Finch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee

Age: Dec. at 60 (1951-2011)

Larry O. Finch (February 16, 1951 – April 2, 2011) was a player and coach for the University of Memphis men's basketball team. He is perhaps most famous for leading the Memphis Tigers to the ...more
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Tony Delk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Point guard and Shooting guard from Covington, Tennessee

Age: 45

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, + more

Tony Lorenzo Delk (born January 28, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player and former college assistant coach, most recently for the New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball ...more

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Tarik Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Forward from Area code 901, Tennessee, Shelby County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Memphis

Age: 28

Number: 10

Tarik Black is an American basketball player.
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Charles Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Power forward from Nashville, Tennessee

Age: 61

Teams: Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

Not to be confused with Charlie Davis (basketball), another American basketball player born in 1949.Charles Edward Davis, Jr. (born October 5, 1958) is a retired American basketball player. A ...more
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John Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Shooting guard from Hendersonville, Tennessee

Age: 28

Number: 12

John Logan Jenkins III (born March 6, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Jenkins was a ...more
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Paul Hogue is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Center from Knoxville, Tennessee

Age: Dec. at 69 (1940-2009)

Teams: Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

Paul H. "Duke" Hogue (April 28, 1940 – August 17, 2009) was an American basketball player.
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Cedric Henderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee

Age: 44

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

Cedric Henderson may refer to: Cedric Henderson (basketball, born 1975), American former basketball player, played 1997–2007 Cedric Henderson (basketball, born 1965), American former basketball ...more
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Keith Herron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Keith Herron

Age: 63

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

Keith Orlando Herron (born (1956-06-14)June 14, 1956) is a retired American basketball player. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee.As a 6'7" forward out of Mackin High School in Washington, ...more
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Popeye Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Power forward from Dresden, Tennessee

Age: 49

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, + more

Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones (born June 17, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers of the ...more