Remembering Ron Mercer
Ron Mercer was a high school great in Tennessee, a college great at Kentucky and a productive but disappointing player in the NBA.
Drafted 6th by the Boston Celtics, who were trying to recreate the Kentucky team with Coach Pitino and Antoine Walker, Mercer had a standout rookie year but was traded after just 2 seasons in Boston – the truth is because of the play of The Truth Paul Pierce. After a brief stint in Denver, briefer stint in Orlando, Mercer landed in Chicago where he averaged a career-high 19.7 points a game for the awful Bulls.
Unfortuantely for Mercer, the most memorable highlight of him in MJ’s house was a highlight of MJ, with the Wizards, pinning Mercer’s shot to the backboard with 2 hands and then talking trash to him as he got back down to the other end of the court.
Mercer would go on to play with 3 more teams over the next 5 seasons but never made much noise outside of his first year with Boston. I’m not sure why either. He could shoot, jump out of the gym and had a nasty spin move. He just never became that star many of us believed he was going to be coming out of college.