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Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 11:55 am  |  21 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Ron Mercer

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Ron Mercer was widely considered a Top 5 prospect in the nation in 1995, a class that included the likes of KG, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, and Stephon Marbury. He was twice named Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee and played under Rick Pitino at UK where he won a NCAA Championship his freshman year. Mercer was drafted 6th overall in the ’97 draft by the Boston celtics where he was reunited with Coach Pitino. He averaged 15 pts/game his Rookie season and was named to the All-Rooke 1st team. After two solid seasons in Beantown, Mercer was traded to the Nuggets then the Magic before signing with Bulls as a free agent. Despite his high scoring output in Chicago, he was traded to the Pacers during the ’01-02 season where he was used primarily as a role player. He never really got going after that and hasn’t played in the league since he was waived by the Nets in 2005. Mercer’s best season was in ’00-01 (his first with the Bulls) when he averaged 19.7 pts, 3.9 rbs, and 3.3 asts. Shout out to MISEK for the Mix.

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  • Jay Cutler

    I’m guessing his favorite moves were spin move in the paint and reverse layups?

  • http://aol.com Indiana Jonesy

    Ron Mercer was a Mother*ucking man at kentucky…

  • Jer dawg

    Was he THAT good to be drafted that high? What derailed him from becoming a good pro? He just fizzled. I don’t think he was injured. Maybe lack of heart was it. Anyone know?

  • fruizm

    the only thing i remember about ron mercer is Jordan blocking him with two hands………and that was when MJ was with the wizards hahaha!!

  • Will Lee

    that was a fun team to watch. Its a Kentucky team, Walker, McCarty, Mercer, plus a young Billups. They would full court press all 48 minutes which no teams in NBA does that still, today. It was a fun team to watch, they just broke up way to early, imagine if they wait till PP arrived and Billups to mature

  • http://www.imdb.com TheBigL

    Remember the jams on 1:07 and 1:47 like it was yesterday. Man, no hate at al, but I guess with all the talent in the world you need still need to work extra hard in the L.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I remember dude as a dunker. The fact that this is on Old Time’s Sake makes me feel kind of old. lol

  • http://nasteedunx.blogspot.com Nasteedunx

    My favorite SLAM article title ever, after Reinsdorf’s failed free agent summer…

    “And Now, Introducing Your Chicago Bull”

  • HAMMER

    Man was I excited when he signed w/Chicago. Tho I wish he had stayed w/Boston and those other Wildcats, ‘Toine and McCarty along w/Billups. That was a pretty young dope team

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    YESS!!
    but wth, no dropstep jumpers?!

  • tavoris

    man Ron dunked on my cousin in High School…HARD.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Mercer was that DUDE in Chicago!
    Not really, but that’s what we had to keep telling ourselves after missing out on Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady and Eddie Jones in free agency.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    HAMMER; Billups wasn’t part of that KU team. Billups played his college ball at Colorado. I guess the guy you are mistaken him for was Tony Delk, who was a stud in college.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I remember hitting 8 three-pointers with Mercer in NBA Live 2001

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    @Lz. he was talking about the Celtics team that was full of Kentucky players

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    lol@ blackphantom i remember shooting 3/2 150% with dwayne schchnizzziuius, true story, computer glitch

  • HAMMER

    @LZ. I guess I didn’t word it right, but thanx 2 GotHandles? 4 clarifying it up. I appreciate it man.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @LZ – also, KU is Kansas. UK is Kentucky.

  • KH10

    Damn, Billups, Mercer, Pierce and Walker could have been nice for years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Kieran

    Damn! This counts as For Old Times Sake. Thank you Slam for making me officially old.

  • The Big Cheese

    Ron Mercer was a beast at UK. If it hadn’t been for Derek Anderson’s untimely knee injury, the two of them would have won the tourney by themselves that year. Unfortunately, they only got about 12 games on the floor together – most of which were blowouts featuring the two of them throwing each other multiple alley-oops.

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