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The Best White Players in NBA History

Updated February 8, 2021 274.9k votes 31.8k voters 467.6k views232 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 Bird1
    12,795
    1,645

    Larry Bird

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age64

    BirthplaceFrench Lick Township, Indiana

    Number33

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player,...  more

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  • Dirk Nowitzki2
    9,283
    4,866

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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

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    #42 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#67 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

  • John Stockton3
    7,500
    4,597

    John Stockton

    Point guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington

    Number12

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #1 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#3 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

  • Steve Nash4
    6,867
    4,497

    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, 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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    #17 of 31 The Best NBA Coaches Right Now#47 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Dražen Petrović5
    4,087
    1,441

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    Number3

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian...  more

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    #247 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Jerry West6
    6,769
    4,475

    Jerry West

    Point Guard, Shooting Guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia

    Number14

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player....  more

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    #3 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#5 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s

  • Toni Kukoč7
    2,637
    1,583

    Toni Kukoč

    Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia, Yugoslavia

    Number7

    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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    #45 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#48 of 85 The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time

  • Pete Maravich8
    5,743
    3,967

    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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    #4 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time#2 of 25 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • John Havlicek9
    3,601
    2,618

    John Havlicek

    Small Forward

    Age80

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio, United States of America

    Number17

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    John Joseph Havlicek ( HAV-li-chek; April 8, 1940 – April 25, 2019) was an American...  more

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    #2 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time#85 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • Kevin McHale10
    3,869
    2,835

    Kevin McHale

    Power forward, Center

    Age63

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

    Number32

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Kevin McHale may refer to: Kevin McHale (footballer) (born 1939), former English professional...  more

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    #319 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#29 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • Rick Barry11
    3,189
    2,332

    Rick Barry

    Small forward

    Age76

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number24

    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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    #1 of 24 The Best Small Forwards of the 70s#51 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • Bob Cousy12
    2,834
    2,077

    Bob Cousy

    Point guard

    Age92

    BirthplaceYorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Number14

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

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

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  • Nikola Jokić13
    3,034
    1,869

    Age25

    Number15

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #11 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018#3 of 72 The Best Current NBA International Players

  • George Mikan14
    2,134
    1,552

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    Number99

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

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    #37 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#8 of 50 The Best Athletes Who Wore #99

  • Bill Walton15
    3,119
    2,294

    Age68

    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California

    Number32

    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#28 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Paul Arizin16
    1,297
    826

    Paul Arizin

    Small Forward

    AgeDec. at 78 (1928-2006)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Number11

    TeamsPhiladelphia Warriors

    Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed "Pitchin' Paul", was an...  more

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    #3 of 23 The Best Small Forwards of the 60s#3 of 27 The Best 60s NBA Shooting Guards

  • Chris Mullin17
    2,975
    2,191

    Chris Mullin

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number17

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #50 of 68 The Best Current College Basketball Coaches#8 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • Bob Pettit18
    2,895
    2,136

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward, Center

    Age88

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Number9

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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

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    #3 of 58 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time#8 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Kristaps Porzingis19
    2,450
    1,506

    Kristaps Porzingis

    Power forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    Number6

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #2 of 30 The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked#3 of 31 Every Player Over 7 Feet Tall In The NBA Today, Ranked

  • Pau Gasol20
    3,232
    2,415

    Pau Gasol

    Power forward, Center

    Age40

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Number16

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

    Pau Gasol Sáez (born July 6, 1980) is a retired Spanish professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #412 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#34 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • Nikola Vučević21
    697
    389

    Nikola Vučević

    Power forward, Center

    Age30

    BirthplaceMorges, Switzerland

    Number9

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who...  more

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    #5 of 74 The Best Orlando Magic of All Time#2 of 34 The Greatest USC Basketball Players of All Time

  • Arvydas Sabonis22
    1,852
    1,376

    Age56

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    Number11

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Arvydas Romas Sabonis (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈaːrviːdaːs ˈsaːboːnʲɪs]; born December 19,...  more

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    #17 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s#29 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money

  • Luka Dončić23
    3,138
    305

    Luka Dončić

    Guard, Small forward

    Age22

    BirthplaceSlovenia

    Number11

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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

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    #76 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#101 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Peja Stojaković24
    2,266
    1,694

    Peja Stojaković

    Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

    Number16

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

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

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    #11 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#53 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Steven Adams25
    1,084
    705

    Age27

    BirthplaceRotorua, New Zealand

    Number12

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for...  more

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    #78 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#7 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now