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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 (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player, former coach, and former executive who most recently served as President of Basketball Operations for ...more
2
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward
Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK ...more
3
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point Guard, Shooting Guard
Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National ...more
4
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, and the team ...more
5
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star ...more
6
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting Guard
Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more
7
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small Forward
John Joseph Havlicek ( HAV-li-chek; April 8, 1940 – April 25, 2019) was an American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA ...more
8
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward
Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) 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 McHale may refer to: Kevin McHale (footballer) (born 1939), former English professional footballer Kevin McHale (basketball) (born 1957), retired American basketball player and former ...more
10
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, and briefly with the ...more
11
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center
Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (1954–1965). He was ...more
12
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, ...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 Mullin (born July 30, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach of the St. John's Red Storm. He previously served as special advisor for ...more
14
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
George Lawrence Mikan Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball ...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 (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol]; born July 6, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers ...more
16
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 for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a five-time All-Star and ...more
17
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
Marc Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈmaɾɡ ɡəˈzɔl]; born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association ...more
18
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard
William Mark Price (born February 15, 1964) is an American former basketball player and coach. He was most recently the head coach of the UNC Charlotte 49ers. As a player, he played for 12 ...more
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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Vladimir Kokki added Small forward
Predrag Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић, pronounced [ˌprêdraːɡ ˈstôjaːkoʋit͜ɕ]; born June 9, 1977), also known by his nickname Peja (pronounced [ˈpêd͡ʑa]), is ...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 Williams may refer to: SportspeopleJason Williams (American football) (born 1986), American football player Jason Williams (baseball) (born 1974), American baseball player Jason Williams ...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 (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center position and occasionally played power ...more
22
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard
Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional ...more
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Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
slaft added
Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed "Pitchin' Paul", was an American basketball player who spent his entire National Basketball Association (NBA) career ...more
25
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center
Arvydas Romas Sabonis (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈaːrviːdaːs ˈsaːboːnʲɪs]; born December 19, 1964) is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of ...more