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The Best NBA Players from Tennessee

Updated July 18, 2019 2.8k votes 279 voters 7.1k 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.

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  • Oscar Robertson1
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    Oscar Robertson

    Charlotte, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard

    Age82

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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

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    #560 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#7 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • Anfernee Hardaway2
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    Anfernee Hardaway

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard

    Age48

    Number1

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns

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

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    #57 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#16 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Lou Williams3
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    Lou Williams

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

    Louis Williams may refer to: Louis Williams (American football) (born 1979), American...  more

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    #24 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#38 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • J. J. Redick4
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    J. J. Redick

    Cookeville, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age36

    Number4

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

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

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    #39 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#3 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time

  • Corey Brewer5
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    Corey Brewer

    Portland, Tennessee

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age34

    Number13

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Corey Wayne Brewer (born March 5, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last...  more
  • Tony Delk6
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    Tony Delk

    Covington, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age45

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics

    Tony Lorenzo Delk (born January 28, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player...  more
  • Ron Mercer7
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    Ron Mercer

    Nashville, Tennessee

    PositionSmall forward

    Age43

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

    Ronald Eugene Mercer (born May 18, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • Lorenzen Wright8
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    Lorenzen Wright

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionPower forward, Center

    AgeDec. at 35 (1975-2010)

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers

    Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (November 4, 1975 – July 19, 2010) was an American professional...  more
  • Johnny Neumann9
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    Johnny Neumann

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Age68

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers

    Carl John Neumann (September 11, 1950 – April 23, 2019), nicknamed "Johnny Reb", was an...  more
  • Jodie Meeks10
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    Jodie Meeks

    Nashville, Tennessee

    PositionShooting guard

    Age32

    Number20

    TeamsFree agent

    Orestes Jodie Meeks II (born August 21, 1987) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Ian Clark11
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    Ian Clark

    Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles

    PositionGuard

    Age28

    Ian Clark is the basketball player at Cal State Northridge Matadors....  more
  • Bailey Howell12
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    Bailey Howell

    Middleton, Tennessee

    PositionSmall forward

    Age82

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

    Bailey E. Howell (born January 20, 1937) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • Brandan Wright13
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    Brandan Wright

    Nashville, Tennessee

    PositionPower forward

    Age32

    Number34

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Brandan Keith Wright (born October 5, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who...  more
  • Malcolm Mackey14
    23
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    Malcolm Mackey

    Chattanooga, Tennessee

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age49

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Malcolm Malik Mackey (born July 11, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player...  more
  • Jarnell Stokes15
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    Jarnell Stokes

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionForward

    Age25

    Jarnell D'Marcus Stokes (born January 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Campy Russell16
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    Campy Russell

    Jackson, Tennessee

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age67

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    Michael Campanella "Campy" Russell (born January 12, 1952) is an American former professional...  more
  • Bingo Smith17
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    Bingo Smith

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionShooting guard

    Age73

    TeamsSan Diego Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Diego Rockets

    Robert "Bingo" Smith (born February 26, 1946) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Lester Hudson18
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    Lester Hudson

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionGuard

    Age36

    Lester Hudson III (born August 7, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more
  • Larry Finch19
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    Larry Finch

    Memphis, Tennessee

    AgeDec. at 60 (1951-2011)

    Larry O. Finch (February 16, 1951 – April 2, 2011) was a player and coach for the University...  more
  • Chris Garner20
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    Chris Garner

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard

    Age44

    TeamsToronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

    Christopher Winslow Garner (born February 23, 1975) is an American former professional...  more
  • Tarik Black21
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    Tarik Black

    Area code 901, Tennessee

    PositionForward

    Age28

    Number10

    Tarik Black is an American basketball player....  more
  • Clyde Lee22
    15
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    Clyde Lee

    Nashville, Tennessee

    Age75

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

    Clyde Wayne Lee (born March 14, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player. An...  more
  • Charles Davis23
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    Charles Davis

    Nashville, Tennessee

    PositionPower forward

    Age61

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

    Not to be confused with Charlie Davis (basketball), another American basketball player born in...  more
  • Shawne Williams24
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    Shawne Williams

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age33

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Shawne Brian Williams (born February 16, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Antonio Burks25
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    Antonio Burks

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Age39

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    Antonio Burks may refer to: Antonio Burks (basketball, born 1980), American former NBA...  more