Top 15 NBA Players Who Prove That White Men CAN Jump

Moral of this story: don’t count the white guys out of this sport just yet.

We’ve all heard the saying: “white men can’t jump.” Ron Shelton even made a (fantastic) movie about it in the 90s! Many have speculated about the reasons behind this phenomenon. Granted, the majority of the NBA’s highest flying players have been African Americans, but some of the white guys get their share of air time.

Sure, Casper and friends tend to dominate less vertically challenging sports like golf, hockey, and tennis, but they have also held their own on the floorboards. Think about Steve Nash and the beautiful game he played: flawless passes, sinking 90.4% of his free throws, point guard skills on point every time. Then there’s Jerry “Mr. Clutch” West, with his awe-inspiring 60-foot shot in the 1970 NBA Final. And Dirk Nowitzki who no doubt has walls plastered top to bottom with awards and achievements. These guys more than held their own in a sport where they were absolutely a minority…. for once.

The white guys listed below are heroes of the basketball world. They’ve run like the wind, ducked like a water fowl, flown like jet planes, and scored more points than Cassanova in a disco. Some are best at soaring up for a three-pointer, some rock at the jump shots, some can perform slam dunks like nobody’s business, and they all work their butts off to prove that they belong in this black man’s sport. Moral of this story: don’t count the white guys out of this sport just yet.

Let’s add Billy Hoyle as an honourary #16 to this list, shall we? He prevailed in the end! And after all, “The sun even shines on a dog's a** some days. Anybodv can win the lottery.”

15 Larry Bird


14 Rudy Fernandez

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13 Rex Chapman


12 Boby Sura


11 Dan Majerle

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10 Chris Andersen

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9 Manu Ginobili

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8 Tom Chambers


7 Paul Arizin


6 Pat Connaughton

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5 Brent Barry


4 Joe Alexander


3 Billy Cunningham


2 Blake Griffin

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1 Zach LaVine

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Okay, so LaVine is technically not 100% Caucasian. He’s also not 100% African American, though, which means he doesn’t automatically have insane jumping genes. Despite his Caucasian genetic setbacks, he shot up an unbelievable 41.5 inches at the NBA Draft Combine in 2014. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, it was during a practice with the LA Lakers about a month after the Combine that he flew up 46 inches, creating a new pre-draft record. He’s earned a list of nicknames, including LaVine “The Machine” as well as being part of the “Bounce Brothers” duo with Minnesota Timerwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins. And the man has pulled out some pretty crazy surprise dunks. So maybe his African American genes are a little stronger than his Caucasian ones after all?

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