Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trending! #Randomwhitebasketballplayer - Top White Basketball Players Ever

8) Dirk Nowitzki

Foreign Born Nowitzki aruguably the best white player in the league right now (Shout outs to Steve Nash, Kevin Love and Deron Williams (Just Playing)). He is Germany's best ever player and its best export ever to the NBA. He is well known for getting punk'd by Ashton Kutcher and not being afraid to get photo'd while drunk. 
Dirk on being Compared to Black Players:
Such comparisons are foreign to me. I don't think in categories of black and white.

Dirk Nowitzki Accomplishments:
  • 1x NBA Champion (2011)
  • 1x NBA MVP (2007)
  • 1x NBA Finals MVP
  • 4x All-NBA First Team
  • 10x NBA All-Star
  • 5x European Player of the Year
  • 23rd in Scoring All-Time
  • Finished in top 10 in scoring in 10 straight seasons
  • 17th in Win Shares All-Time

7) Bill Walton 

Bill Walton may be better known for his ridiculous, sometime funny sometime baffling color commentary for NBA games, but he will forever be remembered as the red bearded wild man for the Champion Blazers of the 77' season and the Celtics in the 86' season. 

Bill Walton on his beard:

But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty. I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good.

Bill Walton Accomplishments:
  • 2x NBA Champion (1977, 1986)
  • 1x NBA MVP (1978)
  • 1x NBA Finals MVP (1977)
  • 2x NBA All-Star
  • 1x NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 1x NBA Rebound Champion
  • 1x NBA Block Champion
  • 8th All-Time in Defensive Rating
  • 3x College Player of the Year 
  • 2x NCAA Champion (both 30-0 seasons)

  • 6) Rick Barry 

    Best White Quote:
    "I think I'm a good person. I'm a lot more sensitive than people understand—even if I was an ass on the court."
    Not only was he a great white player when the color barrier was lifted but he also had three offspring flourish during an era when the black to white ratio was flipped in comparison to Rick's (one of his son's even won a dunk contest!) 

    Sons: Brent Barry, Jon Barry (Both 14 year NBA Careers) Drew Barry (7 Seasons)
    Rick Barry Accomplishments:
    • 1x NBA Champion (1975)
    • 5x All-NBA 1st Team
    • 4x All-ABA 1st Team
    • 1967 All-Star Game MVP
    • 1975 NBA Finals MVP
    • 8x NBA All-Star
    • 4x ABA All-Star
    • 1966-67 NBA Scoring Champion
    • 17th All Time in ABA-NBA Points
    • Highest ABA career scoring average
    • Third all-time in FT%
    • Shot .947 FT% in 1978-79
    • Only player to be a scoring champ in ABA, NBA, and NCAA
  • 5) John Stockton 

 One of the greatest point guards and passers in NBA History, he has more assists than anyone in history, and some of those assists weren't to Karl Malone

On Stockton:
“He doesn't dribble behind his back or through his legs.  He doesn't crossover. His highlight reel features primarily bounce passes and layups.  Despite evidence to the contrary these days, that's basketball.  He doesn't practice the no-look pass, but we'll all be poorer not able to watch him anymore."

                                                                        - Sam Smith, Basketball Columnist with Chicago Sun Times

John Stockton Accomplishments:
  • 1x NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 2x All-NBA First Team
  • 10x NBA All-Star
  • 9x NBA Assist Champion
  • NBA All-Time Assist Leader
  • NBA All-Time Steals Leader
  • 2nd All-Time in Assists Per Game
  • 5th All-Time in Win Shares
  • 3rd All-Time in Games Played

4) Pete Maravich 

aravic wa sone of the best college players in the history of the game, one of the best pure scorers and of the best white shooting guards. He was flashy before flashy was flashy and is a player that most point guards, black and white, want their games to model.

Quote: They don't pay you a million dollars for two-hand chest passes.

Pete Maravich Accomplishments:

  • 2x All-NBA First Team
  • 5x NBA All-Star
  • 1x NBA Scoring Champion (1977)
  • 18th All-Time in Points Per Game
  • 1x College Player of the Year
  • Averaged 44 points a game while at LSU

  • 3) George Mikan 

    There aren't that many good white big men in the history of the NBA, so my first choice at center is the original, who revolutionized the game and was the first NBA player in the Hall of Fame (despite only being retired three years).  Also amazing is that he won, in college, the NBL and the NBA, eight championships in ten years.  Here's what he's done (note that MVP is out the question, as it wasn't awarded during his time, nor was the All-Star Game played until the 1951 season).

    Mikan on Big Men numbers and his speed:
    “Cheetahs are fast. They run 70 miles an hour, and our jersey numbers happen to start in the 70's.”
    George Mikan Accomplishments:
    • 5x BAA/NBA Champion (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)
    • 2x NBL Champion (1947, 1948)
    • 6x All-NBA First Team

2) Jerry West 

The symbol of the NBA (literally, he's the logo) Jerry West is probably the best white basketball player aside of Larry Bird...maybe including Larry Bird.  He might even be a better GM than a player. He won 6 championships as GM of the Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies e see now are his creation.

Quote: You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.

Jerry West Accomplishments: 

  • 1x NBA Champion (1972)
  • 1x NBA Finals MVP (1969)
  • 1x NBA All-Star Game MVP (1972)
  • 10x All-NBA First Team
  • 14x NBA All-Star
  • 20th in MVP Award Shares (highest among non-winners)
  • 1x NBA Scoring Champion (1970)
  • 1x NBA Assist Champion (1972)
  • 15th All-Time in Points
  • 5th All-Time in Points Per Game
  • 5th All-Time in Free Throws Made
  • 25th All-Time in Assists
  • 8th All-Time in Offensive Win Shares

  • 1) Larry Bird

    arry Bird is a Celtics Legend and NBA legend best known for his sweet jumper, everlasting motor, McDonald's commercials and resemblance to f his surname, Bird.

    Best White Quote: As far as playing, I didn't care who guarded me - red, yellow, black. I just didn't want a white guy guarding me, because it's disrespect to my game.
    Larry Bird Accomplishments:
    3x NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
    • 3x NBA MVP (1984, 1985, 1986)
    • 2x NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
    • 12x NBA All-Star
    • 1979-1980 Rookie of the Year
    • 9x All-NBA First Team
    • 3rd All-Time in NBA Award shares (finishing in the top four of MVP voting in nine straight years)
    • 27th all-time in scoring
    • 21st all-time in win shares
    • In the top 40 in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game
    • Member of the original Dream Team


  1. John Havlicek is not on your list?

    Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1984); NBA champion (1963, '64, '65, '66, '68, '69, '74, '76); NBA Finals MVP (1974); All-NBA First Team (1971-74); All-NBA Second Team (1964, '66, '68, '69, '70, '75, '76); All-Defensive First Team (1972-76); All-Defensive Second Team (1969-71); 13-time All-Star; One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); 26,395 points

  2. John Havlicek is 12th on the list.