Basketball The Best White Players in NBA History  

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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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6,604 927
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
4,800 1,590
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the ...more

3
3,983 1,279
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
3,584 1,157
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
3,764 1,147
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
2,954 882
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
1,995 1,022
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
1,764 994
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
1,589 799
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
1,448 827
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
1,531 848
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
1,477 868
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
1,095 650
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
1,036 646
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
1,706 931
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...more

16
1,894 1,178
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more

17
1,345 809
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 ...more

18
978 675
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
1,974 810
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Small forward Gordon Daniel Hayward is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at Butler University for two ...more

20
1,005 414
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
669 584
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
732 518
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 22 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.

23
583 452
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
looksharp added Power forward, Center 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

24
784 448
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
673 429
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
755 487
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
slaft added Center 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

27
662 459
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
810 451
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
567 395
Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
1,401 481
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
810 480
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
663 409
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
741 262
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
1,222 660
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 34 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 Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

35
1,468 626
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
pedro-cunha added Power forward Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

36
820 200
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
ZA Terorizam added Center Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more

37
996 474
J. J. Redick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard Jonathan Clay "J. J." Redick is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 11th overall by the ...more

38
1,104 214
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and plays both the power ...more

39
511 360
Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
409 335
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
1,437 503
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
AirJames added Shooting guard Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6'7", he plays ...more

42
376 310
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 42 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.

43
695 385
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Point guard, Shooting guard, Guard Goran Dragić is a Slovenian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard ...more

44
491 339
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
392 327
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
372 271
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
looksharp added Power forward, Center 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

47
309 248
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 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.

48
316 211
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
AndrewRaptosh added Small forward Ernest Maurice "Kiki" Vandeweghe III is a basketball executive, currently the vice-president of basketball operations of the National Basketball Association. Vandeweghe is a retired ...more

49
331 284
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
343 243
Mark Eaton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
slaft added Center Mark E. Eaton is a retired American professional basketball player who was a member of the NBA's Utah Jazz from 1982 to 1993, with one NBA All-Star selection in 1989, and two NBA Defensive ...more