1. Oscar Robertson (Charlotte, Tennessee)
Who knew the Big O was from Tennessee? Even better question: Where the hell is Charlotte, Tennessee? I spent the first 22 years of my life there and had never heard of it. Well apparently it exists, and Robertson spent the first four years of his life in Dickson County, Tennessee before his family moved to Indianapolis. This doesn’t mean that Robertson doesn’t claim Tennessee- quite the contrary as a matter of fact. He still goes back to visit family and friends, and speaks at an apostolic church with some degree of regularity. The church part unassailably identifies him as a Tennessean, and I’m not changing my mind.
What is there not to say about the Big O?
1971 NBA Champion. 12 Time NBA All-Star. MVP. Rookie of the Year. The precursor to Russell Westbrook. The only person outside of Westbrook to average a triple-double throughout an entire NBA season before it was even called a triple-double.
Career Stats? 25.7, 7.5, and 9.5 a game.
Tennessee G.O.A.T? I think so.