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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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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward
Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay ...more
2
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward
Dirk Werner Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen ...more
3
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point Guard, Shooting Guard
Jerry Alan West is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. His nicknames include ...more
4
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball ...more
5
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
Stephen John "Steve" Nash, OC, OBC is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a ...more
6
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting Guard
Peter Press "Pistol Pete" Maravich was an American professional basketball player. He was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Maravich ...more
7
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small Forward
John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them ...more
8
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward
Richard Francis Dennis "Rick" Barry III is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball ...more
9
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center
Kevin Edward McHale is an American former professional basketball player, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and since May 2011 the head coach of the Houston Rockets. McHale began working for ...more
10
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
Robert Joseph "Bob" Cousy is a retired American professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963 and briefly with the Cincinnati ...more
11
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center
Robert Lee "Bob" Pettit Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks. He was the first recipient of ...more
12
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
William Theodore "Bill" Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton achieved superstardom playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins ...more
13
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard, Small forward
Christopher Paul "Chris" Mullin is a retired American basketball player and current head coach of the St. John's Red Storm. He previously served as special advisor for the Sacramento ...more
14
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
George Lawrence Mikan, Jr., nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and the Minneapolis Lakers ...more
15
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center
Pau Gasol Sáez (born July 6, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star ...more
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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center
Kevin Wesley Love (born September 7, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a ...more
17
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 48th overall by the ...more
18
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
William Mark Price is the current head coach of the Charlotte 49ers and a former American basketball player who played for 12 seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his ...more
19
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Vladimir Kokki added Small forward
Predrag Stojaković, also known by his nickname Peja, is a Serbian retired professional basketball player. He also holds Greek citizenship. Standing at 6 ft 10, Stojaković played mostly at the ...more
20
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
JT Thomas added Point guard
Jason Chandler Williams is an American retired basketball player who was a point guard in the National Basketball Association for twelve seasons during the late 1990s and 2000s. A native of West ...more
21
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
looksharp added Power forward, Center
David William Cowens is a retired American professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center and occasionally the power forward position. He was inducted into ...more
22
Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
slaft added
Paul Joseph Arizin, nicknamed "Pitchin' Paul," was an American basketball player who spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Philadelphia Warriors from 1950 to ...more
23
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
ZA Terorizam added Center
Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more
24
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward
Gordon Daniel Hayward (born March 23, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of college ...more
25
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard
Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the National ...more