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  1. Joe at |

    You’re missing a big name, a better version of Dirk Nowitzki named Arvydas Sabonis.

    Honorable mention: Dražen Petrovi?

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    1. sankans at |

      ummm…how about Manu Ginobili? or Bill Walton?

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      1. TopTenz Master at |

        I think Bill Walton is a good suggestion. He is only hurt by having feet of clay.

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    2. Mike at |

      Well, here’s my all-time USA-NBA All-White Fantasy Team…
      Bob Cousy, 6-1, PG
      John Stockton, 6-1, PG
      Jerry West, 6-3, SG/PG
      Pete Maravich, 6-3, SG
      John Havlicek, 6-7, SF/SG
      Rick Barry, 6-7, SF
      Larry Bird, 6-9, SF/PF
      Tom Chambers, 6-10, PF/SF
      Kevin McHale, 6-10, PF
      Kevin Love, 6-10, PF
      Dave Cowens, 6-10, C
      Bill Walton, 6-11, C

      Alternates would be:
      Mark Price, 6-0, PG
      Chris Mullin, 6-7, SF
      George Mikan, 6-10, C

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      1. patrick at |

        no dirk?

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  2. Carlos at |

    Not wanting to be the kind of guy who goes around accusing a list of being “too american-centric”, but I’d assume some spanish, argentinian and italian league players who never played for any of the NBA teams – be it for political, personal or professional reasons, should be in this list (back when NBA players were not admitted in the Olympics, some great players refused offers to play on NBA teams so they could represent their countries. It’s the case of Brazilian Oscar Schmidt, who’d deserve a spot in this list, maybe 8th place, in my opinion, and many others).

    Especially since this is a “white basketball player” list, and seeing as the number of white players in those other leagues is proportionally higher than in the NBA. The problem is always in the titles. If this list was named “greatest white basketball players in NBA history” I’d shut my mouth.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      I think you are accurate here. There are no athletes who didn’t play in the NBA or WNBA on this list. I’ll make the change to the title.

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  3. Lymbe at |

    Nick Galis? Greatest European player never to play in the NBA. Google him, and then apologize:)

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    1. Nick at |

      Pistol Pete, Period.

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  4. croatia at |

    Drazen Petrovic

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  5. Tiffany at |

    MAN, shorts were short back then!

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    1. TeblorTribe at |

      They are coming back. Got to love those muscular man thighs.

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  6. steve at |

    No Bob Cousy?

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      @ steve. You beat me to the punch. Where on God’s Green Earth is Bob Cousy !!! But then again 4 out of the 10 players here listed all wore Celtics Uniforms. I have 2 others from Cousy’s time. Dolph Schayes and Bob Pettit.

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  7. Ronnie at |

    Diana Taurasi? Really? Are you insane or are you in love with her?

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    1. Donald at |

      Maybe the author wanted to show some respect for the women of the game? Nothing wrong with that.

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      1. Ronnie at |

        So be it. I love the women’s game too, But she is not in the top 10!!!

        If you are going to make a list, make it legit, not personal.

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  8. Ken C at |

    Even “white” is open to interpretation, I suppose. I would have assumed “white” meant Caucasian-American players, which would have eliminated Nowitzki and Nash.

    With that said, I saw Pistol Pete and Kevin McHale play. Different positions, of course, but Maravich was a much better individual player than McHale was. Just my opinion.

    PS – Taurasi is a brilliant basketball player. But make a list of the greatest white women players. She would be #1 on that list, and the discussion isn’t even close.

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  9. Bob Canter at |

    This is a pretty good list, but there is one HUGE omission: Bob Pettit, who played for the St. Louis Hawks in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. He made the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All-Time List. How could he not be included?

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  10. Repack Rider at |

    Rick Barry?

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    1. john at |

      Second that. Rick Barry is a glaring omission. He was better than everyone on the list but Bird and West.

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  11. david flynn at |

    Dirk,Stockton,Steve, and Diana do not in any way belong above Kevin McHale and Pistol Pete. I have no idea how you came up with this list but you are wrong.

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  12. Peter Boucher at |

    I would also like to mention Chris Mullins of the Golden State Warriors (Does his name end with an ‘s’ ? If not then I apologize)

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  13. Zachary Gillette at |

    I guess Jason Kidd would be half on this list.

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  14. Ronnie at |

    Changing the title to include the WNBA doesn’t get you off with your insane pick of Diana Taurasi.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Oh well, I tried. ::throwing author under the bus:: Talk to the author about his choices. ;-)

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  15. tigers34 at |

    My Version of the List:
    1. John Stockton
    2. Larry Bird
    3. Kevin McHale
    4. George Mikan
    5. Manu Ginobili (Gotta look at his Euro stats to fully appreciate him)
    6. Steve Nash
    7. Jerry West
    8. Dirk Nowitzki
    9. John Havlicek
    10. Pau Gasol

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    1. patrick at |

      this might be the worst list ive seen yet

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      1. tigers34 at |

        Well what really is wrong with it? The only problem is leaving Maravich out. He should replace Pau.
        1. John Stockton: Career steals and assists leader
        2. Larry Bird: One of the greatest shooters ever
        3. Kevin McHale: Watch some film to see just how impressive he was
        4. George Mikan: Innovated the post game
        5. Manu Ginobili: NBA, Euro, and Olympic Champ. Key part of the biggest dynasty of the 21st century…yet
        6. Steve Nash: 2x MVP
        7. Jerry West: He’s the logo. 14x all-star and also held a scoring title
        8. Dirk Nowitzki: Best shooting big man of the 2000s
        9. John Havlicek: 13-time all-star. 8-time champion.
        10. Pau Gasol
        Gasol could be replaced with Maravich

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  16. Ladrigan at |

    west,stockton, maravich,havlicek, ….guards
    barry, bird, mchale, pettit….forwards
    Walton,cowens …..centers

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  17. SHMUEL at |

    THIS IS WHITE PLAYERS, GERMANS WOULD BE UNDER INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS, SODIRK SHOULD NOT BE ON THIS LIST. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE AND INTERNATIONAL!
    ALSO WHO THE HELL IS DIANA TAURASI

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  18. Cool Breeze at |

    I’ve been watching since the mid 70’s so I’m just going with who I’ve seen play.

    Starting Line up:

    Larry Bird – Small foreward
    Kevin McHale – Power foreward
    *Bill Walton (6’11 my ass) Center
    John Stockton – Point guard
    Jerry West – Shooting guard

    Oft the bench:

    Tom Chambers
    Dirk Nowitzki
    Manu Ginobili (even though he is one sneaky dirty player)
    Kiki Vandeweghe (don’t know why he is not on other lists)
    Kevin Love
    Jeff Hornacek
    Chris Mullins
    Billy Cunningham

    Yeah I know I got 13 players. And I feel I’m missing someone I really like. *Bill Walton healthy straight out of UCLA

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  19. Mike at |

    This is racist.

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  20. brandon at |

    Hello

    Sabonis when healthy.

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  21. Jo??? at |

    TEODOSIC MILOS.

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