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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 and Power forward from West Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

Age: 63

Teams: Boston Celtics

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

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#56 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward from Würzburg, Germany

Age: 41

Number: 41

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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

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#26 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1 of 138 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard from Spokane, Washington

Age: 57

Teams: Utah Jazz

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

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#1,496 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #2 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

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

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#34 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #25 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History

Age: 81

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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
6
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard from Johannesburg, South Africa

Age: 45

Number: 10

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

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
7
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History

Age: 79

Teams: Boston Celtics

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

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#3 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #21 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 87

Teams: Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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
9
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward from Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 75

Teams: New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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

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#20 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Hibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 62

Teams: Boston Celtics

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

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#39 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #4 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 39

Number: 16

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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
12
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard from Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 91

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

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

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#46 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #5 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center from La Mesa, California, United States of America

Age: 67

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers

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

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#89 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #17 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 56

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

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

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#124 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #25 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center from Joliet, Illinois

Age: Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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
16
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Vladimir Kokki added Small forward from Požega, Croatia

Age: 42

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

Predrag Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић, pronounced [ˌprêdraːɡ ˈstôjaːkoʋit͜ɕ]; born June 9, 1977), also known by his nickname Peja (pronounced [ˈpêd͡ʑa]), is ...more
17
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward from Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 29

Number: 20

Teams: Boston Celtics

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

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#314 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #32 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #47 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Shooting guard from Šibenik, Croatia

Age: Dec. at 29 (1964-1993)

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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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Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
JT Thomas added Point guard from Belle, West Virginia

Age: 44

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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

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#165 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #33 of 158 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #34 of 63 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
ZA Terorizam added Center from Sombor, Serbia

Age: 24

Number: 15

Teams: Denver Nuggets

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
21
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 34

Number: 33

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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

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#130 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #37 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #57 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward from Ventspils, Latvia

Age: 24

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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
23
J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Cookeville, Tennessee

Age: 35

Number: 4

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

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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#94 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #371 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 42

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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

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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Center from Kaunas, Lithuania

Age: 55

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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

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#135 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #47 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings