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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?

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
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
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
Jonathan Clay "J. J." Redick is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 11th overall by ...more
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Corey Brewer is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Jodie Meeks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
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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Johnny Neumann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
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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Ron Mercer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
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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Lorenzen Wright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright was an American professional basketball player who died mysteriously in July 2010, shortly after leaving his ex-wife's home.
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Brandan Wright is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Brandan Keith Wright is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Growing up in Tennessee, Wright fast became a ...more
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Tony Delk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Covington, Tennessee
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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Ian Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Chris Garner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
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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Larry Finch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
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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Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Middleton, Tennessee
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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Keith Herron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Keith Herron Memphis, Tennessee
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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Jarnell Stokes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
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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Cedric Henderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
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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Tarik Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Area code 901, Tennessee, Shelby County
Tarik Black is an American basketball player.
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Paul Hogue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Paul H. "Duke" Hogue was an American basketball player.
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Campy Russell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Jackson, Tennessee
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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Antonio Burks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
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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Malcolm Mackey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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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Elliot Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Elliot Jerell Williams is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League. He was selected with the 22nd overall pick in ...more
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Popeye Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Tennessee
Dresden, Tennessee
Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones is a retired American professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.