Ron Mercer: Career, Draft & Net Worth

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The professional basketball player born in 1976, Ron Mercer has played with several NBA teams like Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, and Chicago Bulls. However, he could only survive for a short period with every team.

During his career, he was first drafted by Boston Celtics. Mercer was picked in the 6th overall draft of round 1. He used to play from the small forward and shooting guard.

Mercer had a very successful college career, bagging many awards. 

Ron Mercer wearing jersey no 33 for the Spurs (Source: Pounding The Rock)
Ron Mercer wearing jersey no 33 for the Spurs (Source: Pounding The Rock)

In 2005, he put an end to his professional basketball career. He spent a total of eight years playing with global teams and managed to collect a net worth of around $1 – $5 million. 

Apart from these, the former player was also involved in sexual assault allegations with Chauncey Billups, which we will discuss in detail below. But first, let’s have a look at the quick facts.

Quick Facts 

Full Name Ronald Eugene Mercer
Known As Ron Mercer
Birth Date 18 May 1976
Age 47 years old
Place of Birth Nashville Tennessee
Country United States
Profession Basketball Player 
Horoscope Taurus
Nationality American
Father’s Name Vladimir Menshov
Mother’s Name Bernadette Menu
Siblings Kevin Mensah 
High School Goodpasture Christian, Oak Hill Academy 
College Kentucky University 
Height 6 ft 7 in (approx 2.01 m)
Weight 95 kg (approx 210 lbs)
Body Type Athlete 
Position Small Forward / Shooting Guard
Draft 1997
Marital Status Unmarried 
Spouse Not Available 
Children Name Not Available 
Net Worth $1- $5 Million
Active Years  8 Years
Social Media Twitter
Merch Rookie Card 
Last Update March 2024

Ron Mercer | Early Life, Education & Parents

The former professional player, Ron Mercer, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Vladimir Menshov and Bernadette Menu. He also has one sibling named Kevin Mensah. 

Since his childhood, he has been passionate about basketball. He was one of the highlighted players on his team. During the tournament, he was twice named the Mr. Basketball of Tennessee. 

First, he played for the Goodpasture Christian team. After that, he was transferred to Oak Hill Academy in the Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. 

Moreover, in 1995, he was voted the best prep player by Bob Gibbons. Soon after, Mercer also played for his college team. 

Mercer was nominated as an All-American and All-Southeastern Conference player at Kentucky during his college career. Likewise, he was also a part of a national championship team in his first year. 

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Age, Height & Weight 

The former professional player was born on 18 May 1976 in the United States. Every year he celebrates his birthday in May with his close mates. Currently, he is 47 years old. 

Being an athlete, Mercer stands tall at 6 ft 7 in (approx 2.01 m). On the other hand, his body weighs around 95 kg (approx 210 lbs), which results from following a proper diet and consuming healthy foods. 

Professional Career 

In 1997, Ron Mercer started his professional career after being debuted by the Boston Celtics with the sixth overall pick in the NBA. He played under the guidance of Rick Pitino. 

Mercer was traded to the Nuggets in exchange for Popeye Jones after two seasons with Boston. He played 37 games during the season of 1999-2000. 

Ron Mercer playing basketball
A former player, Ron Mercer, with his opponent (Source:

Soon after, the former player left the Nuggets. Then he signed as a free agent with the  Chicago Bulls the next year and scored 19.7 points per game in the first year. 

Later, he again went to Indiana Pacers alongside Brad Miller, Ron Artest, and Kevin Ollie. In 2001-02, he scored 16.8 points per game with the Pacers. Mercer was so dedicated to Pacers that he merely served as a reserve player. 

Ron kept on getting traded with different teams within a short period. In 2003-04 he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in a three-team trade. Moreover, he played 39 games with the Spurs. 

Lastly, he was signed with the last team New Jerseys Nets, on August 15, 2005. Besides that, to avoid the luxury tax as part of the new labor agreement, Mercer was waived by the Nets. 

Then he soon announced his retirement in 2005. However, his post-career has not been revealed on the internet. 

A Quick Scanning of Mercer’s Career

  • Boston Celtics (1997-1999)
  • Denver Nuggets (1999-2000)
  • Orlando Magic (2000)
  • Chicago Bulls (2000-2002)
  • Indiana Pacers (2002-2003)
  • San Antonio Spurs (2003-2004)
  • New Jersey Nets (2004-2005)

Career Highlights & Awards

  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998)
  • NCAA champion (1996)
  • Consensus first-team All American (1997)
  • SEC Player of the Year (1997)
  • 2x First-team Parade All-American (1994, 1995)
  • 2x Tennessee Mr. Basketball (1993, 1994)

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Sexual Assualt Allegation

During his professional career, he once had controversy related to sexual assault. Mercer and his fellow former Celtic player Chauncey Billups were involved in this incident. 

Both of them sexually assaulted a woman at the home of teammate Antoine Walker. According to a civil suit, the incident took place after Mercer left the Boston comedy club on November 9, 1997. 

After several investigations, it was confirmed that the victim had minor injuries. 

However, criminal charges were not filed against Mercer and his friend. Later the case was solved in 2000. 

Net Worth & Salary 

Ron Mercer has been listed in the list of the richest basketball players. He has made around $1 – $5 Million net worth by serving nine years in basketball. 

Besides basketball, there is no other source of income for Mercer.

Ron Mercer | Relationship

Ron Mercer likes to keep his love life private. According to the different reports, he had at least one relationship in the past. But he hasn’t revealed anything about that. 

Moreover, he is also not active on social media handles. Mercer hasn’t uploaded any photos related to his relationship.

Social Media Presence

As mentioned above, Ron Mercer is not active on social media handles. However, he has a Twitter account. 

Mercer has followers of over 10k (as of May 2022) on Twitter. In addition, he has uploaded some news and photos of his basketball career. 

Ron Mercer with his junior
Ron Mercer during his basketball camp session (Source:

Click on the link above if you want to have a peek at his social account.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ron Mercer

What was the jersey number of Ron Mercer during his international career? 

Ron Mercer debuted his professional career in 1997. Since then, he has played for many international teams. 

During his gameplay, he used to wear the jerseys numbers 5, 33, and 1. 

What were the career NBA statistics of Ron Mercer?

Ron Mercer has represented himself in many international and national games. He was also one of the highlighted players of his team.

Overall, he had 5,892 points, 1,342 rebounds, and 921 assists in his international career. 

Did Ron Mercer win any awards during his school career? 

Yes, apart from his international career, Ron has also won one award in his school career. The award was named Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year. 

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Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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