The Top NBA Stars from Nashville

There is no NBA team in Nashville right now, but that doesn’t stop local kids from dreaming of playing on the biggest stage in the basketball world. 

Maybe some of the current generation of young players will follow in the footsteps of these NBA stars who hailed from Nashville.  

Ron Mercer

Mercer was a genuine stand-out in college football, playing in his early years at Goodpasture Christian School in Madison and then Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. He was classed as the top prep player in 1995, with a hugely successful NBA career seemingly ahead of him.  

After winning the national championship as a freshman and being named an All-American, he joined the Boston Celtics as the sixth pick in the 1997 NBA draft.  

His career with the Celtics started off brightly, and this article looks at some of the possible reasons things didn’t work out for Mercer in Boston, as well as the public speaking and athletic camps work that he is currently doing.

He only played with the Celtics for a couple of seasons before being traded to the Denver Nuggets. Mercer played part of the next season in Denver before joining the Orlando Magic team. Spells at the other teams like the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs followed. 

While he posted decent statistics over his career, by 2005 he had played his last NBA game, with recurring injuries seemingly a factor in his decline.  

Brandan Wright

Wright became the first basketball player in Tennessee to win the Mr Basketball title three times. He helped Brentwood Academy to win the state championship four times in a row before joining the University of North Carolina.

The 2007 NBA draft saw him picked up by the Charlotte Bobcats before being traded to the Golden State Warriors.

A series of injuries stopped him from making the breakthrough that his impressive college career had led us to expect. So it is unlikely that Wright even gets add to this list as one of the best centers in NBA of all time:


He moved to the New Jersey Jets in 2011, followed by the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics among others. His last move took him to the Houston Rockets, where he was waived in 2018.  

Wright never quite fulfilled the potential he had shown in his early years, but he is still fondly remembered for his impressive stats in his time in Dallas.  

Charles Davis Jr

Born in Nashville in 1958, Davis was a star player for the McGavock High School Raiders when he helped them to victory in the 1976 Class AAA Tennessee State Championship, for which he was voted as the tournament’s most valuable player. 

He carried on with his strong performances at Vanderbilt University before joining the Washington Bullets in the 1981 NBA draft. 

He then went on to play in the league for a total of eight seasons, joining the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks during that time.

Overall, he scored over 2,200 points and got more than 1,000 rebounds in his time playing in the NBA, with some basketball betting fans sure to remember him fondly for his contributions. In recognition of his career, he was given an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2006. 

Jordan Bone

Bone played for the varsity team at The Ensworth School before joining the University of Tennessee, where his junior year saw him produce some eye-catching numbers. He joined the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2019 draft, before getting traded to the Detroit Pistons.    

His development plan with the Pistons involved playing for their Grand Rapids Driver team in the NBA G League. 

However, he left for the Orlando Magic before joining the Delaware Blue Coats at the start of 2021, with his debut there coming in February of the same year.