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So many theories as to why there aren't many White American players in the NBA

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So many theories as to why there aren't many White American players in the NBA

White players makeup only %10 of NBA ..Some fans dont care if there's an all white or an all black team on the floor..Just as long as there's a good productive,entertaining and winning team on the floor..Basketball just like Baseball is going thru a phase..You can ask the question as to why there aren't many Black baseball players playing in the Major league..Major Baseball installed a system that brings baseball back into the inner cities ..But where will the NBA go to find Great White players? The topic of why there arent many white players won't go away.

1.Some say its becuz today's game is based more on athleticism..Would guys like Keith Van Horn & Mike Dunleavy be in the Hall of Fame now if they played in the 70's? And could George Mikan make a NBA roster today? So much is based on athleticism and defense today..And the idea that white players can't guard anyone..During the past decade, Kirk Hinrich has been the only white player to make the All-Defensive Team..Did The NBA implement The Zone Defense to help players who lacked defensive skills?Some say that rule was placed to help white players..

2.Some say the NCAA is partly to blame becuz it numbers the amount of time players can practice.And restricts the amount of time players can spend with coaches..While young European players practice morning ,noon & night...

3.Sometimes even Scouts get it Wrong...Gordon Hayward as good as anyone in the country..He's said to be a late 1st round pick..If he was black,.Would he be mentioned as a lotto pick? Brad Miller a 2-time Allstar went undrafted..While Adam Morrison was labeled a can't miss prospect..Morrison has struggled badly.4.

.Race doesnt matter as long as a guy can play G.M's will try to sign them...


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well for starters, you

well for starters, you should point out that you are talking about white American players, not just white since that would mean including the Gasols and Dirk and Nash etc.

The game is based primarily on athleticism and black players tend to be more athletic. I also think it is a cultural thing because where I grew most white kids didn't care about basketball. They skateboarded and played music and went to the beach on the weekends. Black kids gravitated towards sports more and it was almost a stauts quoe among peers to be into sports. I was the only white kid on my varsity highschool team.

With all that said, it really doesn't matter to me nor should it to anyone else.

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Look, if you assembled a

Look, if you assembled a roster of American white players with U.S. passport, and put them in a Olympic/World Championship type tournament, they'd still be the odds on favorite to win it. You can pick from Ridnour, Hinrich, Jason Williams, Steve Blake, Mike Miller, a healthy Mike Dunleavy (never happens), Chase Budinger, Kyle Korver, David Lee, Troy Murphy, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, Brad Miller, Chris Kaman, Spencer Hawes, and Chris Andersen. That isn't the Washington Generals. There is no good argument that team couldn't beat Spain. If you look at that Duke team, Nolan Smith and Lance Thomas are the only non-white guys in the rotation this year, though I think Andre Dawkins would be if not for what happened with his sister. Cole Aldrich and Jimmer Fredette aren't token white guy prospects.

Right now, there isn't a white Kobe or LeBron. It happens. Just because there isn't a black Peyton Manning right now, it doesn't mean there won't be in the future. Is there some level of sorting by class and race in the U.S. where elite black athletes will end up specializing in different sports than elite white athletes? To some degree, but Joe Mauer could have starred in any sport and so could LeBron or Iverson. When you see a disproportionate number of star quarterbacks in the NFL are white, but so many similarly built and skilled NBA wings are black it is probably fair to assume that there has been some level of subconscious sorting taking place. Check out every QBs bio, basically all of them were star basketball players in high school. And everyone says that LeBron was a star receiver in high school and Allen Iverson could have been a star quarterback. Then there are instances where Randy Moss and Jason Williams go to the same high school, J-Will plays basketball and Moss goes on to play football. Then again, how many NBA players from Europe, Africa, or South America took up the sport after a growth spurt made them give up soccer? Who knows if Tim Duncan didn't have his hometown's pool get destroyed in a hurricane as a child that he wouldn't have been the best swimmer in the world. In the same way, we can't dismiss that Michael Phelps probably could have been pretty good in other sports had he been led into them at a young age. The guy is like 6'5" with a big wingspan, I'm pretty sure that is a decent size for an NBA wing.

Now, it will continue to get more and more non-sensical to have this conversation as there are more and more multi-ethnic/multi-racial families. There are more than a few multi-racial players in the NBA, and simply by virtue of the times progressing that figure will only go up in the future. We are going to see more guys like Sylven Landesberg (black and jewish), Tiger Woods (Tai, Black, White, you know the list), or Joakim Noah (father French with Cameroonian roots, his mother is Swedish, and was raised in New York).

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Jimmer fredette?

You sir are basketball retarded.

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Since when did Brook Lopez

Since when did Brook Lopez become white and would spanish player fall under latino rather than white. Also if an all american team competed in the olympics they would not be the favorites to win it. France Argentina, Greece are all better. They also have NBA caliber athletes as well.

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I think it comes down to

I think it comes down to athleticism and also gm's are scared to take a white player over a more athletic african american player because when that white player does not work out, that could be the end of their job. Morrson and Joe Alexander has some gm's worried. I have no idea why Brad Miller was not drafted. That move shocked me. Most of the time white players that are big men will get drafted although because of lack of athletecism it does hurt them. Aaron Gray is a nice center but he does not play much because he is too slow compare to some of the centers he may face but they same can be said for Hibbet who is black but is a lot longer than Gray. You have some athletic white player in the league like Foster, Lee. Foster has stayed in the NBA mainly because of hustle and he is a pretty athletic player. Lee is very athletic yet he has poor lateral speed. and not great length which hurts him on defense. Steve Blake and Hinrich and maybe soon Reddick who has shown promise seem to be the only white players at guard to actually be able to play decent defense.

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Demographics

I think its all about location and surroundings. I know alot of white athletes in my old area of new jersey that were just as athletic as some black athletes. Reason being thats what everyone did after school and worked on was sports. If they lacked some athleticsm they made up for it in other areas. If you find a white guy in the city of chicago, or out new york city in a urban area they will have some type of athleticsm. THe problem is I barely see these guys get the chance to play over the black athlete. There is some biased and I am black. They are mostly looked at as spot up shooters and thats the cancer. I hope to see a white lebron james in the future. But as for the comments above as they talk in time, lets just look at CHINA AND THERE PROGRESSION. DID YOU EVER THINK there would be a Yao ming, Yi Jianlin it happens and will happen.

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Hue I agree because you

Hue I agree because you already have some athletic white players in the league. Jason Williams was athletic. Lee is very athletic and so is Joe Alexander but the bias are not just black people thinking that but other white people would take a black player over a white player. It is not fair for a lot of quality white players but it all comes down to money and gm's (some are not that good ) will just rather take a chance on an athletic black guy who if he does not pan out they can blame it on that player being lazy rather than take a white player that does pan and everyone sits and name a whole bunch of black players that could have been taken. Also people tend to hype up the wrong white guys. They overlook the actually good ones and hype the ones that will never be anything in the NBA. Also it is not surprising that Indiana go so much noticeably worse when they traded two athletic black players and took two solid but not as athletic white players. Murphy is not a terrible player but combine with Granger and with all that opportunity he should be putting up monster numbers. He is something funny, to my knowledge BJ Mullens is white. He is also very athletic. A lot of people did not like his pick at the 13 or 12 spot but they are the same people that have let other teams takes raw athletic black players with similiar height early and say nothing and these are not black people saying this.

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okay

Who theeeee cares? White people r less athletic so it hurt's their chances but idc what color the players are. Could be avatars for all i care, as long as they can ball!

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Race doesn't make a difference about athleticism

I know white guys that can jump as high as any black man out there. very few people are born athletic, most people would tell you they worked hard to have hoops or to be quick and strong. If a white american kid puts in the work they can be just as athletic as black kids. I think it's a cultural thing now where people classify one sport as people a black sport or white sport.
To me that is a crime we could be missing out on so many great athletic in many sports.

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I wrote why:
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how can anyone blame the

how can anyone blame the ncaa?..in europe basketball is there job. in college the kids have class/study and basketball

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i found it crazy ..when i

i found it crazy ..when i heard that the ncaa might be the reason why there arent many white players in the nba..becuz they are student/athletes..overseas some basketball players turn pro at age 15..becuz thats their way of doing things

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It's A Complex Issue

There are far too many variables to explain why the NBA is predominantly black so I will only touch on a couple of them. However, before I start let me once again point out that terms such as "Latino" have nothing to do with race. That's a cultural description. For example, L. Scola, M. Ginobili, and A. Nocioni all come from Latin American countries but they're obviously white.

One thing you must start with is culture and the importance of role models. In Europe the big time role models and heroes are soccer players, so the overwhelming majority of kids have a passion for soccer. In America, the two most exciting sports are football and basketball. Young black kids see their role models in those two sports, so they grow up wanting to be one or the other. In America, young black guys living in the city rarely envision themselves as soccer, hockey, baseball, or tennis players.

Another major aspect is your environment. I grew up in the inner city, Brooklyn, NY, where all of my friends lived and breathed basketball. However, later in life I moved to the DC suburbs in Maryland where I was stunned to see so little interest in basketball. Kids growing up in our suburban neighborhood were into swimming, soccer, baseball, tennis, and other sports. They have so many different opportunities in the suburbs, whereas in Brooklyn, everyone always has access to one sport and that's basketball.

Sure there were suburban kids who played basketball, but they didn't have the same passion and love for the game that we had growing up in NYC where we lived in the schoolyard playing basketball day and night. In addition, they didn't understand the nuances of the game like we did in Brooklyn. And believe me, that's very important.

In sum, it's about role models and opportunity. Young black males will not play in the National Hockey League, just like many young white males will channel their athletic pursuits into something other than the NBA.

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