NBA The Best NBA Players from Tennessee  

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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?

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America
Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is a retired American National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6 ft 5 in, 220 ...more
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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association, specializing as an unconventionally tall point ...more
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Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Louis Tyrone Williams (born October 27, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected out of high ...more
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J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Cookeville, Tennessee, United States of America
Jonathan Clay "J. J." Redick is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 11th overall by the ...more
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Jodie Meeks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Jodie Meeks is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of ...more
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Ian Clark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles, California
Ian Clark is the basketball player at Cal State Northridge Matadors.
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Corey Brewer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Portland, Tennessee, United States of America
Corey Wayne Brewer is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of Florida, where ...more
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Tony Delk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Covington, Tennessee, United States of America
Tony Lorenzo Delk is an American former professional basketball player and former college assistant coach, most recently for the New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team. He was team leader ...more
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Chris Garner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Christopher Winslow Garner is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He played collegiately at the University of Memphis. Garner, a 5'10" point guard, was ...more
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Johnny Neumann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Carl John Neumann is an American former professional basketball player and coach. At 6'6" and 200 pounds, he played the guard and forward positions.
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Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Middleton, Tennessee, United States of America
Bailey E. Howell is an American former professional basketball player now enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Howell was a 6'7" forward at Mississippi State ...more
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Ron Mercer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Ronald "Ron" Eugene Mercer 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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Larry Finch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Larry Finch was a player and coach for the University of Memphis men's basketball team. He is perhaps most famous for leading the Memphis State Tigers to the NCAA men's basketball championship ...more
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Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Jackson, Tennessee, United States of America
Michael Campanella "Campy" Russell is an American former professional basketball player. He played the forward position in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks for ...more
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9 5
Dontae' Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Dontae' Jones Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Dontae' Antijuaine Jones is an American professional basketball player, formerly of the Boston Celtics of the NBA. Jones played college basketball at Northeast Mississippi Community College ...more
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Paul Hogue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
Paul H. "Duke" Hogue was an American basketball player.
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Charles Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Charles Edward Davis, Jr. is a retired American basketball player. A 6'7" forward born in Nashville, Tennessee, Davis starred at Vanderbilt University during the late 1970s and early 1980s. ...more
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Keith Herron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Keith Herron Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Keith Orlando Herron is a retired American basketball player. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee. As a 6'6" forward out of Mackin High School in Washington, D.C., he played collegiately at ...more
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Cedric Henderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Cedric Earl Henderson is an American former professional basketball player who played 5 seasons in the NBA. A 6'7" small forward, Henderson starred at the University of Memphis, and was ...more
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John Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States of America
John Logan Jenkins III is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. Jenkins was a two-time TSSAA Class AA Mr. ...more
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Steve Hamer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Steve Hamer Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Steve Ray Hamer is a retired American professional basketball player. He had a brief National Basketball Association career.
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Tarik Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Tarik Black is an American basketball player.
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Malcolm Mackey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America
Malcolm Malik Mackey is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round of the 1993 NBA Draft. Mackey played only one season in the NBA ...more
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Antonio Burks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Antonio Cornell Burks is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and Europe. At 6'0" and 185 lb, he played as a guard. Burks played at Booker T. Washington ...more
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Lester Conner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Lester Conner Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Lester Allen Conner is an American professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player, who played for numerous NBA teams. He played the point guard position.