The other day we were watching NBA games and realized that there just weren’t many white players on the court. Even looking at the teams benches, it became apparent that there just aren’t that many white players in the NBA. Most of the white players in the NBA who contribute at a high level are not of American decent.
Looking closer, I got more interested in who were the top white players in the NBA. Here is the Top 10 list that I came up with.
10. Evan Fournier (France) – Orlando Magic
Fournier is a dynamic shooting guard who can stretch the floor but also can handle the basketball extremely well. His 16 ppg this season have been instrumental in the limited success the Magic have had in this 16-17 season.
9. Ryan Anderson – (American) – Houston Rockets
Anderson’s numbers are a little down this year but it’s only because Houston added another sharp shooter in Eric Gordon and the limited looks he gets as a result of being paired with James Harden.
8. Dirk Nowitzki – (German)- Dallas Mavericks
There was a time when his name would have been the marquee name on this list. Even as he’s gotten older, it’s hard to put many in front of the great Nowitzki.
7. Kyle Korver – (American) – Cleveland Cavaliers
Probably one of the 5 best 3 point shooters to ever play the game Korver is still blessed with a quick release and is a deadly marksman. If he brought more to the table he would be much higher on this list.
6. J.J. Redick – (American) – L.A. Clippers
His underrated defense and toughness paired with his ability to stretch the floor makes him one of the better players on this list. Redick is the guy nobody likes but everyone wants to play with.
5. Kristaps Porzingis – (Latvia) – New York Knicks
Labeled “The Unicory” because you don’t see many like him, Porzingis is going to slide further up this list each year. His game is different. He can shoot from 24 feet with relative ease and can finish around the rim. He is probably the best help defender on this list as well. When his post game gets better and his on the ball defense improves he will move up this list even further.
4. Kevin Love – (American) – Cleveland Cavaliers
Love is a staple on this list and if it weren’t for injuries he’d definitely be in the top 3. Love is a scrappy player and can deliver in many ways.
3. Nikola Jokic – (Serbia) – Denver Nuggets
Probably the name you know least about on this list, Jokic is the best passer on this list for a big man. He’s a lot like Porzingis without the explosive moves to the rim. He has a great game around the rim. He also is a mid range assassin.
2. Marc Gasol – (Spain) – Memphis Grizzlies
Gasol has a clear argument about being number one on this list and if you told me that he should be number one I’d have a hard time arguing with you. Gasol is a gifted passer and shooter of the basketball. He can bang, he can score, and he can defend.
1. Gordon Hayward – (American) – Utah Jazz
Hayward is the sexy pick in this group. He’s the most athletic. He’s the most all around skilled. He’s one of the best small forwards in the NBA and can score on anyone. Hayward is definitely a franchise player. He’s going to be one of the most coveted free agents in the NBA when his contract expires.