All-American Basketball Alliance Revisited

In 2010, Georgia boxing promoter Don “Moose” Lewis announced his intention to create the All-American Basketball Alliance (AABA).  The Alliance sought to establish a league of basketball teams based in twelve southeastern U.S. cities.  The teams were to be made up entirely of natural-born White American citizens.  Lewis’s stated goal was to return fundamentals to American basketball and give opportunity to White players.  African-Americans make up the majority of the NBA, the premier American basketball league.

Upon the announcement, commentators immediately derided Lewis’s idea as racist. Comic Jon Stewart satirized it on the Daily Show.  Despite the criticism, Lewis continued to defend his idea but it was never realized.

Two years later, just prior to the 2012-13 NBA Season, the Minnesota Timberwolves attempted a similar feat.  The Wolves built their team roster around ten White players including superstar Kevin Love.  However, while five of these players were Americans (Love, Louis Amundson, Chase Budinger, Luke Ridnour, and Greg Stiemsma), the other five (Jose Barea, Andrei Kirilenko, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, and Alexey Shved) came from other countries, making them ineligible to play in the AABA. A wrist injury to Love caused the Timberwolves experiment to fail, just as the AABA failed.

With the 2015 NBA season kicking off later this month, The Saturnalian considers the White American talent in the NBA today.  Every White American player currently on an NBA roster is listed below.  The best of those players are listed first for what could have been the 2015 All-AABA First, Second, and Third teams had Lewis’s dream been realized.

First Team:

Center – David Lee, Warriors

Forward – Kevin Love, Cavaliers

Forward – Chandler Parsons, Mavericks

Guard – J.J. Redick, Clippers

Guard – Kirk Hinrich, Bulls


Second Team:

Center – Chris Kaman, Blazers

Forward – Gordon Hayward, Jazz

Forward – Mike Dunleavy, Bulls

Guard – Kyle Korver, Hawks

Guard – Luke Ridnour, Magic

Third Team:

Center – Spencer Hawes, Clippers

Forward – Ryan Anderson, Pelicans

Forward – Mike Miller, Cavaliers

Guard – Kyle Singler, Pistons

Guard – Steve Blake, Blazers


Center – Cole Aldrich, Knicks

Forward – Lou Amundson, Cavaliers

Center – Chris Andersen, Heat

Forward – Luke Babbitt, Pelicans

Forward – Matt Bonner, Spurs

Forward – Chase Budinger, Timberwolves

Guard – Nick Calathes, Grizzlies

Forward – Nick Collison, Thunder

Forward – Jack Cooley, Jazz

Guard – Aaron Craft, Warriors

Guard – Jimmer Fredette, Pelicans

Center – Aaron Gray, Pistons

Center – Justin Hamilton, Heat

Forward – Luke Hancock, Grizzlies

Guard – Ben Hansbrough, Bulls

Forward – Tyler Hansbrough, Raptors

Guard – Joe Harris, Cavaliers

Center – Spencer Hawes, Clippers

Guard – Tyler Johnson, Heat

Forward – Ryan Kelly, Lakers

Center – Alex Kirk, Cavaliers

Center – Meyers Leonard, Blazers

Forward – Jon Leuer, Grizzlies

Forward – Doug McDermott, Bulls

Forward – Mitch McGary, Thunder

Forward – Josh McRoberts, Heat

Forward – Steve Novak, Jazz

Center – Brian Qvale, Hornets

Forward – Mason Plumlee, Nets

Forward – Miles Plumlee, Suns

Forward – Shavlik Randolph, Suns

Center – Jason Smith, Knicks

Center – Greg Stiemsma, Raptors

Guard – David Stockton, Wizards

Forward – David Wear, Kings

Forward – Travis Wear, Knicks

Forward – Shayne Whittington, Pacers

Center – Jeff Withey, Pelicans

Guard – Nate Wolters, Bucks

Forward – Cody Zeller, Hornets

Forward – Tyler Zeller, Celtics


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