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When the NBA first began, white American players were the majority on every team that existed at the time. Fast forward to 2016 and if there’s an American white player on an NBA squad, he’s coming off the bench and probably a 3-point specialist.
Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick is probably the longest tenured White American ball player in the league as he enters his 11th year in the league, and even he noticed how the NBA doesn’t have many players that look like him.
“This is the first year where I’m like, ‘You know what, there are not a lot of white guys in the NBA,’ ” Redick told The Undefeated. “I was looking at the free agent list of guys still out there. I saw Chris Kaman, Kirk Hinrich. Those guys have all been in the league since I’ve been in the league.
“I was messing with Doc Rivers about it. The best white guy is probably Kevin Love. It’s interesting. Someone who has way more time on their hands, it would be an interesting idea to kind of figure out what is happening.”
“A study by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport found that 81.7 percent of the league was composed of people of color, which meant whites made up just 18.3 percent of the NBA. That figure also includes a significant number of international players from outside the United States.”
Marc Spears of The Undefeated caught up with six white American players for an honest conversation about their experiences in a league that is predominately black.
Naturally, the question of “best white American player” was asked, and Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons cut right to the point.
“Me, of course,” Parsons said.
The other white players interviewed for the piece did not agree with his sentiments.
Forward Ryan Anderson of the Houston Rockets pointed to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love as the best, although he gave J.J. Redick his due as the hardest-working white American player.
Jason Smith: “Ryan Anderson. I played with him in New Orleans. I would have to go with him or Gordon Hayward. There are not very many of us, but there are some good ones out there.”
J.J. Redick: “Is it Kevin Love? Who am I missing? It’s probably Kevin Love. Who’s a starter?”
Parsons: Being white in the NBA, there are a lot of stereotypes. It’s almost like a joking thing among guys in the league about the stereotypes, whether it’s music or food or the way we dress. It’s just stereotypes that are kind of like an ongoing thing that goes on in the NBA …
There’s stuff where people call me, ‘white boy,’ or things like that. Same thing with stereotypes. Obviously, I’m a shooter because I’m white or I’m slow and less athletic because I’m white. But not hate. When I dunk on somebody, it’ll be like, ‘Oh, Chandler Parsons is deceptively athletic.’ Why wouldn’t I just be athletic?”