I got this from another message board, I found it really interesting, was wondering what you guys thought? The makeup of the NBA is predominately black for a number of reasons. Socioeconomic factors play a role as a majority of black NBA players come from lower income areas and basketball is part of their culture and everyday life. Playing professionally and making millions is seen as a dream and a way out of the ghetto, so to speak. This in contrast to most white suburban kids who grow up in nice homes and rarely have any economic reason to devote their life to basketball. This is not to say that socioeconomics is the ONLY reason why the majority of the NBA is non-white, but it definitely is a strong factor. The other major aspect is genetics; African Americans have a higher percentage of fast twitch muscle than their white counterparts, which is a major factor in quickness/jumping ability. As we all know, the NBA is a fast pace game with vertical ability being an important factor so it's obvious that an overall athletic genetic advantage towards a certain sport can definitely sway the odds. In spite of these factors, there have been many successful white NBA players in the past. Larry Bird, Pete Marvavich, Jerry West, John Stockton, and many others which were before my time. These players I've listed were superstar type players...there are countless other all-star quality Caucasian NBA players born in the US. Given the fact that the US is currently 70% white (and even a higher percentage of Caucasian's years ago) it's not unreasonable to assume that there will be successful players from that ethnicity, despite any genetic disadvantage. But in recent times there have been very few all-stars, or even quality NBA players, born in the US of Caucasian descent in the league. The answer can't be to simply blame genetics because there have been many non-black athletes from other countries who have had great success in the league. In no particular order: Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Yao Ming, Steve Nash have all been stars or superstars at some point in the past 5 years. How many stars can you name that were born in the US? Kirk Hinrich...uh, Brad Miller or Wally Szczerbiak for a season or two? Neither of those guys were anything close to superstars, perhaps a fringe all-star invite for a season but mainly just an above average starter. That compared to the listed non-black international counterparts who have claimed the last 3 league MVP's or are one of the top 2 guys on their teams. Granted, the population of Europe, Asia, South America combined is much greater than the US. But with a majority of these countries focusing on other sports (namely soccer) or not even putting in close to the resources towards sports that America does, it's hard to believe that all of the non-black success in the NBA have been outside of the US. When guys like David Lee are being heralded as perhaps the best white american born player, you can't help but scratch your head. David Lee is a great guy and a surprise success in the league, but when someone averaging 11/11 a game is the best white American prospect you have to wonder what's going on. When's the last time a white American SG or SF was regarded as a top pick/quality prospect? Mike Dunleavy? Wally Szczerbiak? Mike Miller? All of those guys were drafted years ago, and while Wally and Miller have had some success in the league...they haven't necessarily blossomed into some have hoped. Adam Morrison was terrible his rookie season, and with the signings of Wallace and Richardson it seems like Charlotte has demoted him to 7th/8th man instead of being the main scoring option that his #3 selection would suggest. Almost of the G/F prospects are international, as this years draft saw guys like Yi Jianlian, Marco Bellineli, and Rudy Fernandez being regarded as potential players selected in the first round. How many white American non-centers were selected in the 1st round? Only one, Jason Smith...who is arguably a center playing PF due to his lack of strength. Why the recent lack of success for Caucasian basketball players born in America? A 6'3'' white guy born just north of the border is a two-time MVP, a German PF is the reigning MVP, a 7'6'' center out of China is regarded by most as the best center in the league. I won't even mention guys like Ginobili, Pau Gasol, Andris Biedrins, Andres Nocioni, Andrei Kirilenko who have all had great success in the league. Will this lack of white American NBA success's continue or will new stars reminiscent of players like Stockton and Bird finally make a surge into the league?