Standing 6’1” tall, out of Spokane, Washington, there isn’t an argument anywhere that claims John Houston Stockton is anything but a first ballot Hall of Famer. As such, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this past weekend, along with David Robinson and Michael Jordan. Which got me thinking, will John Stockton be the last short, white, American-born, Basketball Hall of Famer ever? Ummm…yeah, looks that way.
In seeking to investigate this theory, we compiled two lists:
1. A list of the best American born whiteboys currently retired and not in the HOF.
2. A list of the active whiteboy ballers that fit this description.
The criteria used were pretty straightforward, but I’ll explain anyways: These lists includes players who are white, born in the United States, not already inducted into the Hall of Fame, and stand 6’6” tall or shorter.
These lists do not then include Steve Nash (6’3”) from Canada, Manu Ginobili (6’6”) from Argentina, or Ricky Rubio (6’3”) from Spain. It also does not include players like Chris Mullin (6’7”) - who is not in the HOF yet for some reason – because, while he is white, and was born in the US, he is not short. Lastly, it does not include some obscure guy from the 50s who hasn’t gotten into the HOF yet, but somehow ends up on the ballot in 2012...you pretty much had to be in the league at some point during the careers of the most recent HOF inductees. The lists are as follows:
Best Short, White, American Born, Basketball Players, Not in the HOF (Retired):
1. Mark Price (6’0”): A 4-time All Star, and one of the best pure shooters of all-time, he is probably the most under-rated player in NBA History. If he didn’t play at the same time as Isiah Thomas, he would probably get the credit he deserves for popularizing the role of the shoot first PG – which every NBA team now employs. But he did play with Isiah, and lost to Jordan, and now everybody forgets about him. Has no real chance at the HOF.
2. Dan Majerle (6’6”): Drafted 14th overall in 1988, ‘Thunder Dan’ was a 3-time All Star in a career in which he played for the Suns, Cavaliers, and Heat. Bronze medal winner in the ’88 Olympics, he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game over his 14-year career. 3. Rex Chapman (6’4”):
12-year NBA vet and one of only (5) white-boys to ever participate in the Slam Dunk Contest.
Chapman averaged 14.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game for his NBA career.
overall by the Hornets in 1988, he also played for the Bullets, Heat, and Suns while battling injuries throughout his pro career.