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Top-Scoring White NBA Players

Name the highest-scoring white players in NBA history.
This is a cultural distinction. Biologically, race doesn't exist.
Through 2018-2019, active players in bold
Last updated: April 11, 2019
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Points
Player
31,560
Dirk Nowitzki
26,395
John Havlicek
25,192
Jerry West
21,791
Larry Bird
20,880
Bob Pettit
20,894
Pau Gasol
20,049
Tom Chambers
19,711
John Stockton
19,181
Gail Goodrich
18,438
Dolph Schayes
18,395
Rick Barry
17,911
Chris Mullin
17,770
Bailey Howell
17,387
Steve Nash
Points
Player
17,335
Kevin McHale
17,287
Jack Sikma
16,960
Bob Cousy
16,266
Paul Arizin
15,980
Kiki Vandeweghe
15,948
Pete Maravich
15,840
Jack Twyman
15,761
Detlef Schrempf
15,659
Jeff Hornacek
15,079
Dick Van Arsdale
14,676
Richie Guerin
14,659
Dan Issel
14,232
Tom Van Arsdale
Points
Player
14,053
Dave DeBusschere
14,043
Manu Ginóbili
14,053
Jerry Lucas
13,910
Alvan Adams
13,790
Bill Laimbeer
13,647
Peja Stojakovic
13,626
Billy Cunningham
13,516
Dave Cowens
13,447
Cliff Hagan
13,398
Vlade Divac
13,383
Rudy Tomjanovich
13,017
Jeff Mullins
12,871
Rik Smits
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level 48
Nov 9, 2012
Really surprised "Thunder" Dan Majerle didn't make this list. Kurt Rambis either
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level 48
Jan 18, 2013
He was the 2nd name I tried after Bird....
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level 66
Sep 1, 2018
Kurt Rambis? On a quiz about glasses, yes. About scoring, no.
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level 58
Apr 12, 2019
Pretty much every white guy who lasted more than five seasons is on here. The only ones I tried that didn't work were Majerle and Kukoc.
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level 75
Mar 13, 2013
don't know much about sports, but I got Bill Laimbeer even when most missed him because he had his own video game way way back...
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level 66
Sep 8, 2014
I remember that game! Laimbeer was one of 7 that I got. :D
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
I think it was called Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball. Larry Bird had his own game, too, sort of, split with Michael Jordan. Those were the only two I got. I guessed Jason Williams and Nick Anderson because I sold them shoes once when I lived in Sacramento. and Tony Kukoc because I remember watching the Bulls championship run after Jordan came back. But none of them made the list.
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level 75
Nov 5, 2014
Should have remembered Stockton from NBA Jam. darn.
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level 71
May 2, 2017
Bird also had Dr. J v. Bird before it became Jordan v. Bird.
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level 24
Apr 12, 2013
This was a lot harder than I thought it'd be.
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level 48
Aug 5, 2013
This was crazy hard... I only managed 8.
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level 70
Nov 3, 2013
same here.,..forgot most of the older dudes
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level 31
May 31, 2013
The only white guy I can remember is Rambis.
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level 51
Jun 9, 2014
Yeah, Jason Kidd is paler than I am, but he is half-black if I remember correctly
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level 54
Jun 16, 2014
Been waiting too long for this one.
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level 66
Sep 8, 2014
Why do I picture a black man when I think of Pau Gasol? He's Spanish, right? So why do I think of a guy similar in skin tone to Manute Bol? I need to look up Gasol and see what he actually looks like. :/
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level 35
Nov 5, 2014
im actually proud that i sucked at this. and most of you. it shows that we see beyond skin color.
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level 31
Nov 5, 2014
I like this
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level 67
Dec 4, 2018
It shows you haven't ardently watched basketball actually.
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level 55
Apr 18, 2019
meanwhile, every single race except white Europeans adheres to the natural inclination to care about "your own" first. Racism is not bad, it is literally natural law. In group preference is an extension of familial preference, you love your relatives more than anyone else, why is it wrong to care more about those whom you share a common blood, culture, history, and tradition?
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level 77
Nov 5, 2014
Thought for sure that Bill Walton and Bill Bradley would be on here, but a quick look at basketball-reference proves me wrong. Both in the Hall of Fame, but only 6200 and 9200 points, respectively.
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level 69
Nov 7, 2018
Great players/short careers
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level 54
Apr 12, 2019
Walton played for 13 years but suffered a lot of injuries and had foot problems his entire career
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level 70
Nov 5, 2014
That was harder than I thought it would be. Only got 11 but after reading the list I realize I probably wouldn't have gotten much more than 18.
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level 48
Nov 5, 2014
I guessed only 2, but how could I miss Nash?
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level 45
Nov 8, 2014
I was absolutely shocked that Toni Kukoc didnt make this list. I also didnt see Tim Duncan on it. Weird.
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level 75
Nov 8, 2014
I think Kukoc was more about assists? At least when he was playing with Jordan, Rodman, and Pippen.
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level 22
Apr 4, 2015
I believe Duncan is more of a light colored (black) person, not white.
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level 22
Apr 4, 2015
Tim Duncan is not black nor white, his mom is white, his dad is black. So he's biracial.
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level 75
Jul 12, 2015
Technically nobody is either White or Black. These distinctions are made-up fantasy with no basis in reality.
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level ∞
Apr 14, 2016
Thus the disclaimer
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level 47
May 21, 2015
Also surprised about Walton, Ainge, Majerle. I guess Kurt Rambis was more of a rebounder. I also tried Blake Griffin but it turns out that he is biracial.
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level 77
Mar 20, 2017
Griffin is short of 10,000 points even, so wouldn't be on here anyway.
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level 60
Jan 27, 2016
Well I got Dave DeBusschere and missed John Stockton...
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level 81
May 30, 2016
It would be nice if Rudy T was accepted
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level 79
Jun 20, 2016
I am a bit confused by the "cultural distinction" and the disclaimer that there is no race. If this is true, than skin color does not depict whether someone is white, but their cultural upbringing. If this is true then guys like Grant Hill, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and a bunch of others that are either half-black or all black biologically are white cultural. I believe this also makes virtually all Duke basketball players white on basis of culture--though there are undoubtedly exceptions.
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level 72
Jan 7, 2017
Read the AAA link in disclaimer, maybe it will become clearer. Basically skin colour is just one of many body features, "cultural distinction" means that it was chosen as an important feature but it could be anything else. And there has been so much interbreeding through all human history that it's rather pointless anyway.
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level 75
May 26, 2017
tl;dr. It just seems weird to have a quiz about allegedly illusory distinctions.
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level 75
Mar 3, 2018
There are many social and cultural constructs that provide fodder for quizzes.. race is one but also... nationalism... music and film genres... and some religious distinctions. Acknowledging that the concept of race is made-up and inherently fallacious doesn't erase the consequences of this social construct from society. It's just as ignorant to pretend that people don't think of things in racial terms (and that these beliefs have real world consequences) as it is to pretend like there's a good scientific or biological basis for dividing people up into the races that society has arbitrarily constructed.
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level 75
Mar 3, 2018
You're more than a bit confused and I highly recommend reading the linked statement above, it goes so strongly against what most people have stuck in their brains that it's not at all intuitive and can be difficult to summarize. But I'll attempt it.
Looking at someone, seeing that their skin is dark, and then deciding based on this that they must belong to a certain huge, poorly defined, discrete and distinct group of humans based on that is a learned cultural behavior.
It's not that you belong to a certain "race" based on what culture you have... it's that culture is what informs us that "race" is a thing (objectively, biologically, it's not) and also culture is what teaches us which racial categories to believe in and how to group people into those categories.
"Race" is a term with a meaning in Biology, but different populations of humans, regardless of how you want to try and divide them up, do not fit that definition. We are all the same race.
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level 36
Feb 5, 2017
what about mj and scalibrine?
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level 65
Apr 10, 2017
I really should have gotten more on this quiz. Missed Schayes, Barry, Chambers, the Van Arsdale brothers...didn't really DeBusschere scored so many points though.
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level 30
Sep 28, 2017
wheres jason kidd
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level 71
Apr 18, 2019
In the Hall of Fame.
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level 60
Nov 8, 2017
Biologically, race does exist.
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level 66
Dec 29, 2017
Agreed, that note makes no sense. There are very significant genetic differences between races. Companies like 23andMe, AncestryDNA, etc have made billions of dollars off of discerning the differences in genetic loci between populations. If one wishes, he/she can still take the stance that all races are equal, while also acknowledging the empirical fact that genetic differences do indeed exist.
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level 75
Mar 3, 2018
Elan: false
Pork: you are confused about what "race" means. Nobody disputes that there are genetic differences between different populations of humans (well, some people do. They're also confused). But this doesn't in any way refute the fact that "race" is a made up concept and social construct without any basis in science including and especially Biology.
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level 58
Apr 12, 2019
Genetic distinctions carried among certain groups exist, but the actual "racial" lines we draw are arbitrary. Spaniards and Swedes are both considered "white" even though they have little in common genetically besides skin color (which is itself not the same, but is generally "white"-looking). We consider Italian people white even though they aren't white. There are a lot of "black" groups that are genetically as different from each other as they are from white people. A (horrible) example is in Rwanda, where the Tutsi and Hutu people (both "black") are considered so different than the it led to a bloody genocide. Different genetic traits are common among different groups, but the lines at which we separate races are not biological.
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level 70
Nov 21, 2017
Show me someone who chose what race they'd be, and I'll show you someone whose race matters.
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level 64
Nov 30, 2017
Wow... Just... wow...
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level 27
Dec 1, 2017
Larry is not white. Larry is clear. (Name that movie)
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level 75
Mar 3, 2018
If I put a cat in an oven that doesn't make it a biscuit.
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level 54
Feb 10, 2019
Space Jam!...haha I was thinking the same thing
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level 32
Jan 24, 2018
Ginobli is from Argentina, would be considered Hispanic per the US Census or “brown” if you need to use a color.
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level 75
Mar 3, 2018
The US census bureau doesn't foist racial labels on anybody. All data that they collect on "race" is volunteered and a matter of self-reporting.
Currently the census bureau supplies these boxes for people to check under the category of "race":
"White"
"Black" or "African American"
"American Indian" or "Alaska Native"
"Asian"
and "Hawaiian" or "Pacific Islander"

There are some suggestions given on the census website about what these categories mean. For example they rope in "Middle Eastern" and "North African" with "White." But they also make it clear that this is strictly a matter of self-identification.
The census also allows for respondents to leave the "race" question blank, or to check multiple boxes.

In short, the US census would consider Ginobli to be whatever he considered himself to be, but "Hispanic" and "Brown" aren't among the available answers.
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level 75
Apr 12, 2019
I think there was a comment here previously that I was responding to that has since been purged. Something about the census bureau foisting a label on Ginobli regardless of what he really was or considered himself to be.
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level 45
Feb 27, 2018
I guessed quite less but still got 5 points
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level 67
Mar 3, 2018
I do not agree with a quiz that has 'White' and 'Black' for comparison, it is racial no matter how 'Wishy Washy' people try to justify making a colour difference. This 'Cultural not Racial' is a load of 'Bull'.
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level 75
Jul 11, 2018
Wow that was really "insightful." Also, excellent use of quotation marks. Do you tweet for the president, by any chance?
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level 45
Aug 16, 2018
I knew somebody would make a comment like this... (anger)
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level 61
Mar 22, 2018
Great quiz, I only got 23/40 and of the ones I've missed, I don't think I'd ever even heard of a few of them (Richie Guerin?). Really interesting some of the guys who missed the list who we think of as stars who didn't last (Walton) and some of the guys who made the list who were more just long-term journeymen.
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level 65
Sep 1, 2018
I got 100% more players than expected. Next to Nowitzki I also remembered Gasol!
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level 67
Dec 4, 2018
This is not "cultural" instead of "biological". You clearly mean biologically white people. You didn't research all the top scorers' "white culture" or "black culture". Steve Martin in The Jerk was a black man by culture, but had he score 30,000 points in the NBA, he'd be on this list.
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level 75
Feb 4, 2019
You don't get it. I suggest reading the linked statement. No quiz based on biological race is possible, because biologically, race does not exist. The fact that these people are thought of as being "white" is a product of our culture. It has nothing to do with which culture these people were raised in. If our culture told us that there was a "tall" race and a "short" race or a "light haired" race and a "dark haired" race then you would place these people into different racial categories. Skin color is no more valid a reason to divide up homo sapiens than anything else. The only reason that you believe it is is because the culture you were raised in taught you that it was.
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level 69
Apr 12, 2019
Only got 17, but after seeing the list, should have gotten about 30. Have actually heard of everyone except Adams. Need to look him up.
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level 75
Apr 12, 2019
From Season 3, Episode 1, of "Unforgotten": Cassie: " . . . so I just spoke to Dr Balcombe. And her tests *suggest*, and she can't be any more certain than that, that the skull *is* European. Which narrows things down a bit." Imagine that! Determining the culture of a skull!
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level 29
Apr 12, 2019
For the life of me I couldn't think of many names. Only managed to get 8. Then I saw the average score and was relatively surprised I was not alone.
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level 51
Apr 12, 2019
7/40...It turns out, white basketball players is not my strong suit. Even looking at the answers afterwards, there's maybe 5 other guys I might have gotten.
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level 21
Apr 12, 2019
i got 15 by guessing and looking at the comments. thanks for the assists.
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level 60
Apr 12, 2019
Why is Pau Gasol below Bob Pettit if it says he has more points?
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level 71
Apr 18, 2019
Because Pau is missing an "L" from his first name, and Bob has three "t"s in his last name. Obviously.
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level 71
Apr 14, 2019
got nowitsky and smits, nr. one and nr. last. nothing to be proud of, i know.
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level 71
Apr 18, 2019
I thought Tommy Heinsohn would be on here, he just misses at 12,194 points.
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