Good white players are quite rare in today's game.
The best of which include Gordon Hayward, J.J. Redick, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, Blake Griffin, Klay Thompson, Goran Dragic and a few other active players. None of them have ever made the list because they are still in the game. These 25 players are some of the best to every do it. We will go over what they did that made them so great. All of their career achievements and every thing thy did since they retired. All of them contributed great things to the league. There wouldn't be an NBA without most of these players. They are someone who we should pay great tribute too.
Here are the greatest 25 white boys to ever lace up, and what they have been up to since hanging up the shoes.
25 Paul Westphal
Paul Westphal was a tremendous player in the league. During his first three seasons, he came off the bench for the Celtics, but his last three were hampered by foot INjury that led to his retirement. Those middle five, were his prime years. During his playing days he was an NBA Champion, 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, and his number is retired by the Celtics. He was able to get those accolades with averages of 15.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 1.3 steals. He truly shined during those years and is knows as a great player.
Once he retired he immediately began coaching for a couple different colleges. First was the Southwestern Baptist Bible College, then Grand Canyon College. After gaining a national title he moved to the Suns as an assistant coach. He was an assisted for four years before becoming the head coach. After serving as the HC for three years he went to coach the Supersonics. He went back to coaching college for five years before he returned as an Assistant Coach for the Mavs for a year. Then back to being a Head Coach for the Kings. He is currently serving as an Assistant Coach for the Brooklyn Nets.
24 Tommy Heinsohn
Tommy Heinsohn was an all-around great player. He had career averages of 18.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. This power forward played nine years of great basketball. His awards as a player include being an 8x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA Team, and Rookie of the Year. Tommy was able to average 18.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Tommy was a great player, and is the only person to be involved in some capacity with all 17 championships with the Celtics.
Speaking of which, after he retired he began broadcasting for the Celtics. He spent three seasons broadcasting before he began coaching for the Celtics. He coached them from 1969-1978. In that span he won two championships and was named Coach of the Year. Overall he had a record of 427-263. In 1981 he rejoined the Celtics broadcasting team as a color commentator. He is still the color commentator for home games, and when they are on the road he is the radio commentator. Tommy is one of four players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.
23 Bill Bradley
Bill Bradley played in the league from 1967-1977, the entire time with the New York Knicks. In that span he was able to become a 2x NBA Champion and an All-Star. In this nine-year career he was able to have career averages of 12.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. In his first season he was put out of position, but after that he was slide back to his natural forward spot. It was in his third season that he helped the Knicks win their first championship. He used the court to explore social and political issues and a vast majority of other things.
Off the court Bill is a very accomplished off the court as well. In 1976 he authored a book called Life on the Run chronicling his experiences in the NBA. In the summer of 1977 he ran for Senate and he got elected by winning the general election. He did a lot of good in his first term which got him re-elected in 1984 with 65 percent of the votes. Bill Bradley even ran for president in 2000. When he lost there he took a step away from politics. Currently, you could find him on a number of boards, most notably of the American Committee on East-West Accord. Bill Bradley got elected into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
22 Billy Cunningham
Billy Cunningham excelled as a basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA and a short amount of time with the Carolina Cougars in the ABA. His career averages for both leagues include 21.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.3 rebounds. Those are some awesome numbers. His career accolades include being an NBA Champion, 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, and the ABA Champion. He played on that fierce 76ers team. Once Wilt left the team, Cunningham became the franchise player. Although he wouldn’t win another championship. After a short stint with the Cougars, where he made it all the way to the finals in the ABA, he returned to the 76ers and played for another year then suffered a career ending injury.
After his playing days he started coaching the 76ers. He never finished outside of second place in his eight-years of coaching. In 1983 he won an NBA Championship. When he retired his 454 wins were 12th best and he holds the third best winning percentage among head coaches, only behind Steve Kerr and Phil Jackson. He finished his coaching career with 69.8%. In 1986 he was elected to the Hall of Fame. In 1987 he started doing commentary for the CBS telecast. In 1988 he joining the Heat expansion franchise as a minority owner. He ultimately sold his interest in 1994. Today you can find him either in Philadelphia or golfing in Jupiter, FL.
21 Bill Laimbeer
Bill Laimbeer was the staple face of the Bad Boy Pistons. His accolades include; 2x champion, 4x All-Star, and NBA rebounding leader. Once he was traded to the Pistons, he became one of the most notorious players in NBA history. Loved by the Pistons and their fans, hated by everyone else. He was known for his hard fouls. And that overshadowed his skills. He made you mad, but he made you mad because he was good. He was one of the best perimeter shooter in the game. He hit well over 200 three pointers and ran the pick and pop with Isaiah Thomas brilliantly. Laimbeer became the the 19th player to collect 10,00 points and rebounds. He never missed more than three games in his 14-year career. He remains the franchise’s all-time leader in career rebounds.
Once all that ended he co-founded Laimbeer Packing Corp., which produced corrugated boxes. The company struggled throughout the late '90s and closed in 2002. He was a color commentator for the Pistons and ESPN in 2003. In 2002 he took over as the Head Coach for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA. The next year he led them to their first championship. In total he has lead them to win three championships with one Coach of the Year. He left them in 2009 because of family reasons. He returned in 2012 to become the GM and HC for the New York Liberty and he still is the Head Coach.
20 Danny Ainge
Danny Ainge played from 1981-1995. In that time, he won two championships, both with the Celtics, and was named an All-Star. During his time, he was able to average 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. He was always known as a hard-nosed played. In 1994 he became the second man ever to hit 900 three-points shots, there are now a lot more men on that list. He is inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
After that he became a coach and a commentator for a few years but in 2003, he began his career as the Executive Director of Basketball Operations for the Celtics. Here is where he is most known, maybe even more than his basketball days. He earned himself the nickname "Trader Dan" for trading away the three-time All-Star Antoine Walker. After the 2006-07 there were a talk of Paul Pierce wanted a trade. This is where Ainge becomes most famous by orchestrating trades to bring in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen forming a new “Big Three.” They improved by 42 wins and won the championship in 2008. Today Ainge is still running the Celtics and has a lot of big decisions to make this summer, and it will only further his legacy as a decision maker.
19 Jason Williams
Jason Williams was known for his flashy play style and his ability to pass the ball. He averaged 10.5 points, 5.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. He won a championship with the Heat in ’06 and was named to the All-Rookie team in 1994. If you have the time I highly suggest you go look at some highlight of Williams career and see exactly why he was called "White Chocolate." You will see things like the elbow pass, behind the back, and all sorts of wizardry with the ball. It is truly a spectacle to see.
Now-a-days he isn’t getting 10-15 thousands of dollars worth of fines for his comments in the media and toward those who watched the games. He has been seen numerous times giving donations toward the We Will Foundation, a charity for children facing treatment for craniofacial deformations. He also frequents children hospitals as a visitor. Currently he is a member of the newly formed Big3 League. Still dazzling us all with passes.
18 Tom Chambers
Tom Chambers played from 1981-1997 for seven different teams. In that time, he was able to average 18.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. He also was able to be a 4x All-Star and a 2x All-NBA selection. He has made it onto the list of people with the most career points, turnovers, free throws, and points in a single game. He is the only player in NBA history who has scored 20,000 career points, and is eligible but has not been elected into the Naismith Hall of Fame.
After his long career, he settled down on a ranch in North Ogden with his family and named it the Shooting Star Ranch. He then became a community relations person for the Suns and permanently moved out to Arizona. He became an Emmy winner for his work on Sunderella Suns. Today he is still working for the Suns.
17 Jerry Lucas
Jerry Lucas played in the NBA from 1962-1974. While in the league he played for the Royals, Warriors, and Knicks. He did collect a good amount of awards with a championmships in ’71 with the Knicks, 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, and All-Rookie team. While in the league he averaged 17.0 points, 15.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists. On his career he is 16th all-time in rebounds, had a game with 40 rebounds, and led the league in rebounds for two seasons. A great player with a very hard work ethic.
After he retired he denied multiple offers to broadcast or coach. He wanted to get away from the league. He worked on memory-based education. Selling children toys and games, also making TV appearances. Known as Doctor Memory, he started working for big companies and still makes small appearances for seminars. He still makes several appearances at all levels of basketball. Due to him living in central Ohio, he remains close to the Ohio State Basketball team.
16 Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens played from 1970-1983. Playing for the Celtics for 10 years, then he retired for a year before returning to the league to play for the Bucks for two years. During his playing time he won many different awards. He was the league MVP in ’73, 2x champion, 8x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive team, and was Rookie of the year. If you want to talk about an all-around player, who will do every and anything for his team he is one of only five players to lead there team in all five major categories. He averaged 17.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.
After playing, he continued his coaching career, which began during his days with the Celtics, and he has worked a lot of coaching jobs. Starting in ’94 he was the assistant coach for the Spurs until ’96 when he became the Head Coach for the Hornets. He held that for three years before the Warriors where he held that positions for two years. He coached in the WNBA for a single season and the he was an assistant for the Pistons for three years. That ended in 2009 and he has not been in the spotlight since.
15 Dan Issel
Dan Issel was playing during the ABA and NBA merger so some of his numbers just do not show up. With a combination of the two associations he has averages of 22.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. And his combination of accolades includes being an ABA Champion, 7x All-Star, 5x All-ABA/NBA, and Rookie of the Year. His combination of the two associations would make him top-10 all-time in scoring, but you will hardly ever hear his name amongst basketball greats.
Once he retired in 1985, he took seven years off and there began a coaching career, with the Denver Nuggets. He made history by coaching the first ever eight-seed to beat a one-seed in NBA History. Soon after he retired because of the criticism he received. Then in 1999 he returned to coaching for the nuggets and left on quite a sour ending. He retired in 2001 never to return to the hardwood. In 2009 he filed for bankruptcy for a grand total of $4.5 million in debt. He had to see a lot of his rings to defray it. 2011 brought him to LA where he was an executive director at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church. As of 2014, he lives in Colorado and is employed in the oil and gas business.
14 Jeff Hornacek
Jeff Hornacek played in the league from 1986-2000. He played on the Suns, 76ers, and Jazz. During his career he became a an all-star and 2x three-point champion. He aslo has his number retired by the Jazz. During his career he was always the 3rd scoring option. He has played over 1000 career games, and had one of the longest streaks of made free throws without a miss, 67. He also holds the record for most consecutive three pointers made without a miss, 11.
After he retired he got his coaching career started in 2007 as an Assistant Coach for the Jazz. He stayed there for TWO seasons the became the Head Coach for the Suns and he coached there for three seasons. After he was fired from the Suns he picked up his next job with the Knicks for this season, and he still is the coach. His head coaching career record is 132-163. He has never made the playoffs and does not look like he will anytime soon either.
13 Mark Price
Mark Price was an undervalued player. People said he was too small, too slow, and too deliberate to be a good player in the draft. Well for someone to with those qualifications, he was a 4x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 2x three-point champ, a member of a 40-50-90 club, and got his number retired by the Cavs. He finished he career shooting 40% from three and 90% from the line. He had averages of 15.2 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.6 rebounds. He revolutionized the way played attacked the pick-and-roll.
After his playing days were over, he started his coaching career. He started at the Duluth High School then moved to Georgia Tech, each for a year. Then he moved to Australia to coach for the South Dragons, again for a year. Then from 2007-2015 he served as an assistant coach for numerous teams including; Nuggets, Hawks, Warriors, Magic, and the Bobcats/Hornets. He is now the Head coach for Charlotte 49ers at UNC Charlotte.
12 Bob Pettit
Bob Petit played from 1954-1965. He played for the Hawks for his whole career. In that time, he averaged 26.4 points, 16.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. He also got quite the collections with a NBA Championship, 2x MVP, 11x All-Star, 11x All-Star, Rookie of the year, 2x scoring champ, and his number is retired by the Hawks. In1970 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Petit was one of the best players in the league from beginning to end. At worst he averaged 20.4 points and at his best he averaged 31.1 points.
He is still alive at the age of 84. He now has a financial consulting company in New Orleans. He has 3 partners in that, and have been in business for a very long time. They work with clients to help manage their assets and structure their investments. None of them are athletes though because those are some very tough clientele.
11 Bill Walton
Bill Walton played from 1974-1987. During that time, he collected the following; 2x NBA Champion, Finals MVP, a League MVP, 2x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 2x All-defensive, Sixth Man of the Year, Rookie of the Year, NBA blocks and rebounds leader, and his number is retired by the Trailblazers. He averaged 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. He did all that while his career was significantly hurt because of his foot injuries. He was a dominate center standing at 6’11”.
After his playing days, he coached college basketball for a while. The coach who led them to an 88-win streak, and multiple championships. After that he began doing broadcasting for the Bruins, his alma-mater. And if you tune into most games today, you will hear the 64 year olds’ voice over the air waves.
10 Chris Mullin
Chris Mullan small forward in the league who played from 1985-2001. He was able to average; 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. He was also a 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, and his number got retired by the Warriors. Also a member of the Dream Team for the Olympics. A great player during his time, he was successful on both the Warriors and the Pacers. For five consecutive seasons he averaged at least 25 points and 5.0 rebounds, all with the Warriors. A great spot-up mid-range shooter, and shooting free throws of course.
Once he hung up his shoes for the last time, he began work as a special assistant for the Warriors working on daily business operations. In 2004 he was named as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. In 2009 they said they would not be renewing his contract. In 2013 he began working as a special advisor on player transactions and their scouting program. He was also a studio analyst for ESPN and a broadcaster starting in 2010. He began coaching for St. John’s University in 2015 and has a head coaching record of 22-43. Not very good.
9 Rick Barry
Rick Barry was an all-time great player. He averaged 24.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. He also has quite the trophy room with; a NBA Championship, Finals MVP, ABA Championship, 12x All-Star, 10x All-NBA/ABA, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA scoring champion, NBA steals leader, and his jersey is retired. Rick Was a leader and an all-around player, attacking you from any and everywhere. He was also lockdown on defense.
After he finished playing he became one of the first players to successfully transition into the world of broadcasting. It began with his own radio show on CBS. Barry worked in numerous different areas. He also was the host of a gameshow called catchphrase. In 2001 he made his return to radio which lasted for two years. You can still hear him on the airwaves from time to time.
8 Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy played from 1950-1970. Bob had a great career with averages of 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists. But his hardware tells more of the story. He is a 6x champion, a MVP, 13x All-Star, 12x All-NBA selection, 8x NBA assist leader, and his number is retired by the Celtics. His mastery of the ball, both passing and handling, earned him the well-deserved nickname of, “The Houdini of the Hardwood.” Bob will go down as one of the greatest point guards ever.
After playing he published an autobiography and that same year he became the Head Coach for Boston College. After he led them for three years, taking them to multiple playoffs, he moved back to the NBA. He coached the Cincinnati Royals where Oscar Robertson was playing. Late in the season he activated himself in order to boost ticket sales. Today he serves as a special advisor and occasional broadcaster for the Celtics.
7 Kevin McHale
Kevin McHale played from 1980-1993. He only played for the Boston Celtics and during that time he was a 3x champion, 7x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive team, 2x Sixth Man of the Year, All-Rookie Team, and his number is retired by the Celtics. In his playing days he averaged 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. The first “Big Three” featuring Bird, McHale, and Parish. Those three led them to five appearances and three wins. He is among career leaders for the Celtics in serval categories including games played, points score, and rebounds.
After his playing days he joined the Timberwolves as a TV analyst and “special assistant.” Not long after that he was promoted to the Assistant General Manager, and the next year he was promoted to the GM. In ’05 they fired the Head Coach and McHale took over. In ’08 he officially stepped down from the front office and began his coaching career for the Wolves. He lasted for half a year before they announce he would not return as coach. In 2011 he was named the Head Coach of the Rockets. He lasted until 2015 when the Rockets started off 4-7, and subsequently fired. Now he is an analyst for Turner Sports and you can regularly hear him.
6 John Havlicek
John Havlicek played from 1962-1978. He again only played for the Celtics and he was able to amass quite the resume. He is a 8x Champion, Final MVP, 13x All-Star, 11x All-NBA, 8x All-Defensive Team, All-Rookie Team, and his number is retired. He is 8-0 in the finals as well. During his career he was able to average, 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists. He finished his carer as the league leader in games played, third in points, field goal attempts and missed field goals. The Hall of Famer is one of the greatest Celtics to ever suit up.
Today he has three Wendy’s, a piece of a food-company, DOES PR for a company in Massachusetts and he freelances a lot too. He is a great businessman today. He does not involve himself too much in the game today but he does keep his eyes on it. Of course, being a Celtics Alumni, he goes all out rooting for the Celtics. He is a man who realizes his basketball days are behind him and his mind could be put towards better and brighter things.
5 Jack Sikma
Jack Sikma was a great player from 1977-1991. He is one of the best shooting bigs in the history of the league. He was able to expand his range late in he career as well. During his first 11 season he shot 55 three pointers and during his last three, he shot over 500 and made over 200 of them. During the '87-'88 season he led the league with 92.2% accuracy from the free throw line. In his playing days he was an NBA Champion, 7x All-Star, All-Defensive Team, and his number retired by the Sonics. He also averaged 15.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks. He had a great playing career.
He took some time away from the game since his retirement and began an assistant coaching career in 2003 with the SuperSonics. After four years he moved to the Rockets as an Assistant Coach, specifically to work with big man Yao Ming. Then from 2011-14 he moved to be the Timberwolves Assistant Coach. Today he is currently working as a coaching consultant for the Raptors, working mainly with their center Jonas Valanciunas.
4 Steve Nash
Steve Nash played from 1996-2015. Steve is great player on this list who always failed to add a championship to his record. Although he had averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists, it was never enough to bring home the biggest trophy. He is a 2x MVP, 8x All-Star, 7x All-NBA selection, 5x assist leader, 4x member of the 50-40-90 club, and his number is retired by the Suns. Most notably he played for the suns with Amare Stoudemire and dominated the league with his great shooting and passing ability. Most forgettable, he played with the Lakers in his last “lost tape” years along-side Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant. He is a flashy and consistent player and his ability to always make the players around him better is what led to his ability to play so long into his career.
After his retirement in 2015 he was taken on as a consultnant for the Warrior. In the first season they won 73 games but ultimately fell short against the Cavs. The very next season the Warriors were able to add Kevin Durant and win the title. Steve Nash is now 43 years old and is a co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps and the GM for the Canadian men’s national basketball team.
3 Jerry West
Jerry West as many different nicknames. "Mr. Clutch," "Mr. Outside," "Zeke from Cabin Creek", and most notably, "The Logo." In his career he averaged 27.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6.7 assits. He was also able to collect a NBA Championship, Finals MVP, 14x All-Star, 12x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive Team, NBA scoring and assist leader, and his number is retired by the Lakers. He was always a great Laker, and will always go down in history as one of the greatest point guards. And considering he is the NBA logo, he will never be forgotten.
Once he was done being one of the greatest Lakers ever, he moved to the coaching ranks in ’76. After those three years were up he moved to be a scout for three years before becoming the GM for the Laker in ’82. He brought five championships in the '80s before a slump in the '90s. Then He brought in two more Laker greats in Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. They then ushered in another three-peat. In ’02 he moved to the Grizzlies in an attempt to chase something new. He stayed there till ’07 when he finally retired. In 2011 however he did become an executive board member, and a minority owner. West in all of his executive leadership was a 7x champion and a 2x Executive of the Year.
2 John Stockton
John Stockton played from 1984-2003. John has always and always will be regarded as one of the best point guards to ever play the game. He has career averages of 13.1 points, 10.5 assists, and 2.5 steals. To average a double-double you have to be one of the best to ever do it. Being so great he obviously has a long list of accolades. He is a; 10x All-Star, 11x All-NBA selection, 5x All-Defensive Team selection, 9x NBA assist leader, 2x NBA steals leader, and got is number retired by the Jazz where he spent his whole career. He holds the record for the most career assists and steals, and he hold that lead by a considerably wide margin.
After he retired he began coaching youth teams, being an assist on seven-eight teams at once. He was also invited by the Jazz to train Deron Williams and Trey Burke. In 2013 he released his autobiography Assisted and the forward was written my long-time friend and teammate, Karl Malone. John is now 55 and is currently an Assistant Coach for Montana State University Women’s Basketball Program.
1 Larry Bird
Larry Bird played for the Celtics from 1979-1992. Larry is without a doubt the best white player to ever do it. He is a 3x Champion, 2x Finals MVP, 3x NBA MVP, 12x All-Star, 10x All-NBA, 3x All-Defense, Rookie of the Year, 3x NBA 3-point champ, 2x member of the 50-40-90 club, and his number is retired by the Celtics. During his playing days he got 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.7 steals. He wasn’t just good. He was the ultimate trash talker. He’d get in your head, score on you, and lock you down. The ultimate frustration.
After he finished playing he was hired as a special assistant for the Celtics front office until ‘97. He gave the Pacers the best record they had up to that point. After a berth in the NBA Finals he retired because of his three-year commitment. He then took over as the President of Basketball Operations. He served until 2012 and left due to health concerns but returned in 2013. In 2017 he stepped down but will stay in an advisory role. He is the only person in NBA History to win the NBA MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
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