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The Best White Players in NBA History

Updated July 13, 2020 260.6k votes 28.5k voters 436.5k views213 items

List RulesVote 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
    12,355
    1,618

    Larry Bird

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age63

    BirthplaceWest Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player,... more
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    Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    9,080
    3,583

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is... more

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    #394 of 580 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#238 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    7,338
    3,302

    John Stockton

    Point guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball... more
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  • 4
    Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    6,704
    3,205

    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceGauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player... more
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  • 5
    Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    6,596
    3,222

    Jerry West

    Point Guard, Shooting Guard

    Age81

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player.... more
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  • 6
    Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    5,552
    2,709

    Pete Maravich

    Shooting Guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

    Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was... more
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  • 7
    Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,767
    1,149

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian... more
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    Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,810
    2,093

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward, Center

    Age87

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

    Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball... more

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    #13 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#24 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

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    John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    3,400
    2,536

    John Havlicek

    Small Forward

    Age79

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    John Joseph Havlicek ( HAV-li-chek; April 8, 1940 – April 25, 2019) was an American... more
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    Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    3,041
    2,265

    Rick Barry

    Small forward

    Age75

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

    Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944) is an American retired professional... more
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  • 11
    Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,012
    1,262

    Toni Kukoč

    Small forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia, Yugoslavia

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

    Toni Kukoč (pronounced [kukotʃ]; born September 18, 1968) is a Croatian retired professional... more
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    George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,018
    1,486

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    George Lawrence Mikan Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an... more

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    #10 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#31 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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  • 13
    Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,760
    1,527

    Age24

    BirthplaceSombor, Serbia

    Number15

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the... more
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  • 14
    Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,397
    1,288

    Kristaps Porzingis

    Power forward

    Age24

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the... more
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  • 15
    Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    3,653
    2,729

    Kevin McHale

    Power forward, Center

    Age62

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Kevin McHale may refer to: Kevin McHale (footballer) (born 1939), former English professional... more
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  • 16
    Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    1,264
    718
    Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed "Pitchin' Paul", was an... more
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  • 17
    Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    974
    693

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age38

    BirthplaceIzhevsk, Russia

    Number47

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981)... more
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  • 18
    Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    641
    261

    Nikola Vučević

    Power forward, Center

    Age29

    BirthplaceMorges, Switzerland

    Number9

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who... more
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  • 19
    Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    1,780
    1,316

    Age55

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Arvydas Romas Sabonis (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈaːrviːdaːs ˈsaːboːnʲɪs]; born December 19,... more
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  • 20
    Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    1,347
    907

    Steve Kerr

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

    Stephen Douglas Kerr (born September 27, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach... more
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  • 21
    Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    1,138
    787

    Goran Dragić

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    Number7

    TeamsMiami Heat

    Goran Dragić (born 6 May 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami... more
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  • 22
    Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,956
    2,258

    Age67

    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California, United States of America

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers

    William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player... more

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    #20 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#19 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

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  • 23
    Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,218
    1,649

    Peja Stojaković

    Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

    Predrag Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић, pronounced [ˌprêdraːɡ... more

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    #43 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#23 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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    Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,623
    281

    Luka Dončić

    Guard, Small forward

    Number11

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the... more

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    #74 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#60 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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  • 25
    Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
    2,710
    2,077

    Bob Cousy

    Point guard

    Age91

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Yorkville

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball... more
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