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The Best White Players in NBA History

Updated July 13, 2020 279.7k votes 30.8k voters 457.1k views213 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
    12,985
    1,691

    Larry Bird

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age64

    BirthplaceWest Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player,... more on Wikipedia
  • Dirk Nowitzki2
    9,488
    4,621

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is... more on Wikipedia
  • John Stockton3
    7,649
    4,341

    John Stockton

    Point guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Nash4
    6,995
    4,243

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Jerry West5
    6,888
    4,244

    Jerry West

    Point Guard, Shooting Guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player.... more on Wikipedia
  • Dražen Petrović6
    3,815
    1,332

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian... more on Wikipedia
  • Pete Maravich7
    5,796
    3,721

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Toni Kukoč8
    2,511
    1,489

    Toni Kukoč

    Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia, Yugoslavia

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

    Toni Kukoč (pronounced [kukotʃ]; born September 18, 1968) is a Croatian retired professional... more on Wikipedia

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    #501 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#44 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

  • John Havlicek9
    3,614
    2,661

    John Havlicek

    Small Forward

    Age79

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    John Joseph Havlicek ( HAV-li-chek; April 8, 1940 – April 25, 2019) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Nikola Jokić10
    3,006
    1,713

    Age25

    Number15

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Kevin McHale11
    3,905
    2,880

    Kevin McHale

    Power forward, Center

    Age62

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Kevin McHale may refer to: Kevin McHale (footballer) (born 1939), former English professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Bill Walton12
    3,156
    2,328

    Age68

    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California, United States of America

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #20 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#18 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • Rick Barry13
    3,211
    2,372

    Rick Barry

    Small forward

    Age75

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Kristaps Porzingis14
    2,545
    1,451

    Kristaps Porzingis

    Power forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Bob Cousy15
    2,860
    2,119

    Bob Cousy

    Point guard

    Age91

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

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

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

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  • Bob Pettit16
    2,932
    2,173

    Bob Pettit

    Power forward, Center

    Age87

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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

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    #3 of 30 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time#12 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • George Mikan17
    2,151
    1,577

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

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    #30 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#10 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Paul Arizin18
    1,292
    818
    Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed "Pitchin' Paul", was an... more on Wikipedia

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    #13 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#23 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • Chris Mullin19
    3,016
    2,236

    Chris Mullin

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Pau Gasol20
    3,301
    2,468

    Pau Gasol

    Power forward, Center

    Age40

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Number16

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol];... more on Wikipedia
  • Goran Dragić21
    1,233
    860

    Goran Dragić

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    Number7

    TeamsMiami Heat

    Goran Dragić (born 6 May 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami... more on Wikipedia

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    #92 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#285 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • Nikola Vučević22
    698
    366

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Steve Kerr23
    1,432
    1,011

    Steve Kerr

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

    Stephen Douglas Kerr (born September 27, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach... more on Wikipedia
  • Arvydas Sabonis24
    1,874
    1,386

    Age56

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Arvydas Romas Sabonis (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈaːrviːdaːs ˈsaːboːnʲɪs]; born December 19,... more on Wikipedia
  • Peja Stojaković25
    2,311
    1,711

    Peja Stojaković

    Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

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

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    #22 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#13 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time