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The Best NBA Players from Tennessee

Updated July 18, 2019 2.7k votes 232 voters 6.1k 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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  • 1
    Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Oscar Robertson

    Charlotte, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age81

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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

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    Anfernee Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Anfernee Hardaway

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age48

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

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

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    Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Lou Williams

    Memphis, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age33

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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

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    J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    J. J. Redick

    Cookeville, Tennessee

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age35

    Number4

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

    Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Corey Brewer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Corey Brewer

    Portland, Tennessee

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age33

    Number13

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Corey Wayne Brewer (born March 5, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last... more on Wikipedia
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    Johnny Neumann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Ian Clark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Ian Clark

    Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles

    PositionGuard

    Age28

    Ian Clark is the basketball player at Cal State Northridge Matadors.
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    Lorenzen Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ron Mercer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Jodie Meeks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Larry Finch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Brandan Wright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Bingo Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jarnell Stokes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Chris Garner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Tarik Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Tarik Black

    Area code 901, Tennessee

    PositionForward

    Age28

    Number10

    Tarik Black is an American basketball player.
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    Charles Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Trenton Hassell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Trenton Hassell

    Clarksville, Tennessee

    PositionShooting guard

    Age40

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls

    Trenton Lavar Hassell (born March 4, 1979) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Antonio Burks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    John Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    John Jenkins

    Hendersonville, Tennessee

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    Number12

    John Logan Jenkins III (born March 6, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who... more on Wikipedia
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    Tony Delk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Clyde Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Keith Herron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
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    Keith Herron

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Age63

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

    Keith Orlando Herron (born (1956-06-14)June 14, 1956) is a retired American basketball player.... more on Wikipedia
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