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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6,915 958
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
5,022 1,680
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
4,173 1,342
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
3,761 1,203
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
3,916 1,201
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
3,093 905
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
2,074 1,063
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
1,835 1,030
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
1,659 826
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
1,505 853
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
1,602 887
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
1,543 902
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
1,136 676
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
1,081 671
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
1,778 978
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
1,959 1,248
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
1,392 859
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best White Players in NBA History
Power forward, Center Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 48th overall by the ...more

18
1,019 705
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
1,087 442
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
700 607
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 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

21
2,031 877
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
775 533
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
611 472
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
826 468
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
803 514
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 25 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