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The Best White Players in NBA History  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest white basketball players ever to play in the NBA

This list of white NBA players includes some of the games most legendary NBA players as well as some of the biggest modern NBA stars. From NBA legends like Larry Bird, George Mikan, and John Stockton to some of today's biggest NBA stars like Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Love, and the Gasol Brothers - Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol, this list has them all. We even included Mr. NBA Logo himself, Jerry West. Many of the best white basketball players in NBA history are easily among some of the greatest NBA players of all time.

There are plenty of Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics legends on here as well. NBA legends like Kurt Rambis, Kevin McHale, Paul Westphal, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek are all included on this list of the best white players in NBA history.

Now it's your turn to tell us which white NBA players you think are the best by voting in the list below. If you see any white NBA players missing from the list, feel free to add them so that other basketball fans and Rankers can vote on your additions!

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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of his era, he won the Euroscar Award six times, and ...more
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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
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Jerry Ray Lucas is an American former basketball player, who is now a memory education expert. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in National ...more
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Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
looksharp added Shooting guard
Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is best known for scoring a then record 42 points in the 1965 NCAA ...more
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Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center
Thomas Doane Chambers is a retired American NBA basketball player. Known for his strong shooting and high-flying dunks, Chambers played professionally from 1981 to 1997. At 6'10", he played ...more
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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
slaft added Small forward, Power forward
Detlef Schrempf is a German-American retired professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Washington Huskies from 1981–1985, and was drafted into the National Basketball ...more
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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward
Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
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Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward
Toni Kukoč is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. Kukoč was renowned for his versatility and passing ability; although his natural position was small forward, he played all five ...more
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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
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Vlade Divac is a retired Serbian professional basketball player and current sports administrator. Divac spent most of his career in the National Basketball Association. At 7 ft 1 in, he played ...more
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Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard
Jeffrey John Hornacek is an American head coach for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. He formerly played shooting guard in the NBA from 1986 through 2000.
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Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard
Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge is an American basketball executive and retired professional basketball and baseball player, currently serving as President of Basketball Operations for the ...more
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Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
William "Bill" Laimbeer, Jr. is an American retired National Basketball Association player who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons. Teaming with hall of fame backcourt ...more
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J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard
Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected ...more
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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward
Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and ...more
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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
SanctumGamingQ added Guard, Small forward
Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more
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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward
Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko is a Russian professional basketball player who currently plays for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. At age fifteen, Kirilenko began playing professional ...more
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Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward
Daniel Lewis Majerle is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach of the Grand Canyon Antelopes. He played 14 years in the NBA, primarily with the Phoenix Suns, also ...more
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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
looksharp added Power forward
David Albert DeBusschere was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere was named as one of the 50 greatest ...more
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Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
looksharp added Shooting guard, Small forward
William John "Billy" Cunningham is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid.
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Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center
Adolph "Dolph" Schayes is a retired American professional basketball player and former coach in the NBA. A top scorer and rebounder, he was a member of the 1955 NBA champion Syracuse ...more
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Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
slaft added Small forward
Robert Clyde "Bobby" Jones is a retired American professional basketball player in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association.
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Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
Rik Smits is a retired Dutch professional basketball player who spent his entire professional career with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. The 7'4" center was ...more
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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
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Jack Wayne Sikma is a retired American NBA basketball center. He was known for his distinctive curly, blonde hair along with his patented step back behind the head jumper during his playing
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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
looksharp added Power forward, Center
Daniel Paul "Dan" Issel is a retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky, he was twice named an All ...more
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Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
MakenaBrouwer added Point guard, Shooting guard
Stephen Douglas "Steve" Kerr is a retired American professional basketball player and current head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Kerr is a 5-time NBA champion, winning three ...more
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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward
William Warren "Bill" Bradley is an American Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for ...more