For Old Time’s Sake: Ron Mercer
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.