We promised we'd come back to our 2005-06 Midseason Study of NBA Whiteness.
Here's the league in full. Note that non-black Central and South Americans like Eduardo Najera and Manu Ginobili are being counted as white in this exercise. Caribbean players (Francisco Garcia, Carlos Arroyo) and black South Americans (Nene) will not be counted as white, despite varying pigmentation. I think it makes sense, personally.
The list, as of February 2, 2006:
Sacramento - Brad Miller.
Golden State - Mike Dunleavy Jr., Troy Murphy, Andris Biedrins, Zarko Cabarkapa.
Phoenix - Steve Nash, Pat Burke, Nikoloz Tskitishvili.
LA Lakers - Chris Mihm, Luke Walton, Slava Medvedenko, Sasha Vujacic.
LA Clippers - Yaroslav Korolev, Zeljko Rebraca, Chris Kaman.
Seattle - Luke Ridnour, Vladmir Radmanovic, Vitaly Potapenko, Robert Swift.
Denver - Linas Kleiza, Eduardo Najera.
Minnesota - Marko Jaric, Richie Frahm, Mark Madsen.
Utah - Andrei Kirilenko, Matt Harpring, Gordan Giricek, Greg Ostertag, Mehmet Okur.
Portland - Steve Blake, Viktor Khryapa, Sergei Monia, Joel Pryzbilla.
Memphis - Pau Gasol, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, Jake Tsakalidis.
Dallas - Dirk Nowitski, Keith Van Horn, Pavel Podkolzin.
NOOCH - Jackson Vroman, Maciej Lampe, Arvydas Macijauskas, Bostjan Nachbar.
San Antonio - Manu Ginobili, Brent Barry, Rasho Nesterovic, Fabricio Oberto, Beno Udrih.
Houston - Ryan Bowen, Bob Sura, Jon Barry.
New York - David Lee.
New Jersey - Nenad Krstic, Scott Padgett, Zoran Plananic.
Philadelphia - Kyle Korver, Shavlik Randolph.
Boston - Wally Sczcerbiak, Brian Scalabrine, Raef LaFrentz, Dan Dickau.
Toronto - Rafael Araujo, Jose Calderon, Matt Bonner.
Chicago - Kirk Hinrich, Eric Piatkowski, Darius Songaila, Andres Nocioni.
Cleveland: - Martynas Andriuskevicius, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao, Luke Jackson, Aleksander Pavlovic.
Indiana: Austin Croshere, Jeff Foster, Scot Pollard, Peja Stojakovic, Sarunas Jasikevicius.
Detroit: Darko Milicic, Carlos Delfino.
Milwaukee: Andrew Bogut, Toni Kukoc, Dan Gadzuric, Ersan Ilyasova, Jiri Welsch.
Atlanta: Esteban Batista, Zaza Pachulia, John Edwards.
Charlotte: Primoz Brezec, Matt Carroll, Jake Voskuhl.
Miami: Jason Williams, Michael Doleac, Jason Kapono.
Orlando: Travis Diener, Pat Garrity, Hedo Turkoglu.
As a disclosure, I had to look at an image to verify race for one player: Atlanta's John Edwards. If the Kings hadn't already played Charlotte twice, I'm sure I would've had to look up half their roster, as well.
Here are the things that astonished me about this study:
- Four of the five teams from the Central Division have four or five Caucasians on their team. The other, Detroit, has the ultimate white guy on its team.
- The Zards did have a Caucasian guy last season, Portland's Steve Blake. No word on whether Eddie Jordan's hate for Whitey figured in the decision not to re-sign him.
- Cherokee Parks, Christian Laettner and Shawn Bradley are all out of the league. End of an era.
- Despite having but four Caucasians on its team (a number of teams are tied for the league-high with five), Boston takes the cake for true whiteness. Wally, Scabs, Dickau, Raef. I mean, wow. That's just impressive. Next up? They trade for Keith Van Horn, Mark Madsen and The Immortal John Edwards. And draft J.J. Redick. It would be like a reverse Glory Road, only much less inspiring and a whole hell of a lot funnier.
- Your 2006 Sacramento Kings: Less white than 27 other teams. (David Lee and Brad Miller are a push. If someone like Ryan Bowen were the Knicks' only white guy, I'd give the "less Caucasian" advantage to Sactown. Lee's not enough, though.)
(And for the record, I mean nothing by this. I just remember Sactown being thought of as a highly European finesse team. Not only are there no more Euros on the roster, there's only one white guy on it, period. I thought for sure that would make the Kings the least white team in league. Ernie Grunfeld had other ideas.)
(Edit: Had Jannero Pargo on the Bulls' list. Whoops.)