Sports

The Best White Players in NBA History 

Ranker NBA
Originally by
202.5k votes 23.9k voters 366.8k views 239 items

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!

list ordered by
1
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

More Larry Bird 

#19 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #47 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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

More Dirk Nowitzki 

#124 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #161 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #45 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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

More Jerry West 

#5 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #11 of 159 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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

More John Stockton 

#1,497 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 159 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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

More Steve Nash 

#55 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #3 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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

More Pete Maravich 

#3 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #34 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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

More John Havlicek 

#21 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #87 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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

More Rick Barry 

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

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

More Kevin McHale 

#6 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #37 of 70 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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

More Bob Cousy 

#88 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #13 of 159 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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

More Bob Pettit 

#7 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #26 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

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

More Bill Walton 

#1,960 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #15 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Timelisted on Left Handed Basketball Players

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

More Chris Mullin 

#12 of 28 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s #25 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #57 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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

More George Mikan 

#12 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #151 of 175 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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

More Pau Gasol 

#21 of 61 The Most Hated Active NBA Players #6 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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

More Kevin Love 

#65 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #117 of 144 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever #29 of 82 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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

More Marc Gasol 

#31 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #54 of 61 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

18
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 19 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

More Mark Price 

#47 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #28 of 159 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

20
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 20 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

More Dave Cowens 

#10 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

21
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 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

More Jason Williams 

#23 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #35 of 159 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #299 of 864 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

23
Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 24 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

More Arvydas Sabonis 

#27 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #14 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time #8 of 27 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s

25
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 25 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

More Dražen Petrović 

#852 of 926 People We Wish Were Still Alive #678 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #30 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History