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The Best White Players in NBA History

Updated February 8, 2021 275.5k votes 33.4k voters 488.6k 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 Bird

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

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    #165 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time#32 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

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    Dirk Nowitzki

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

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    #50 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#66 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

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    5,062

    John Stockton

    Point guard
    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#2 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

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    Dražen Petrović

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

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    #1 of 25 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#1 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

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    Steve Nash

    Point guard
    Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player...  more

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    #410 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time#5 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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    Jerry West

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

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    #5 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#3 of 23 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 70s

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    Toni Kukoč

    Small forward
    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#30 of 122 The Best Milwaukee Bucks of All Time

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    Kevin McHale

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

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

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    John Havlicek

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

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    #1 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time#28 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

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    Pete Maravich

    Shooting Guard
    Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was...  more

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    #4 of 92 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time#1 of 27 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 70s

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    Rick Barry

    Small forward
    Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944) is an American retired professional...  more

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    #6 of 52 The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever#4 of 105 The Best Golden State Warriors of All Time

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    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#2 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time

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    Bob Cousy

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

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    #51 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#95 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

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

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    #24 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018#3 of 86 The Best Current NBA International Players

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    Pau Gasol

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

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    #24 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#14 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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    Chris Mullin

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

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    #5 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s#10 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

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

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    #8 of 50 The Best Athletes Who Wore #99#7 of 108 The Best NBA Players from Illinois

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    Bob Pettit

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

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    #3 of 59 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time#25 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

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    Kristaps Porzingis

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

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    #9 of 67 The Best NBA Centers Right Now#2 of 30 The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

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    Paul Arizin

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

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

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

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    #7 of 30 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s#16 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s

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    Peja Stojaković

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

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    #51 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#7 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

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    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#50 of 90 The Best Current NBA Three-Point Shooters

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    Luka Dončić

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

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    #71 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#5 of 100 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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    Jack Sikma

    Power forward, Center
    Jack Wayne Sikma (born November 14, 1955) is an American retired basketball center. He was a...  more

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    #43 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#75 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History