"African-Americans comprised 78 percent of all NBA players, equaling the largest percentage of African-American NBA players since the 1996-1997 season."
So there had actually been fewer African-Americans in the league recently?
Interesting to see the number was 82% in 1994-95.
"Recent data from the 1997-98 season shows that blacks made up 77% of NBA players... (Lapchick, & Mathews, 1999)."
Seems like the league has become more diverse recently than it was in the 90's when it was predominantly African-American. Edit: Still is, but there are more Latinos and Asians in the league now.
"For the 2011-2012 season, 82 percent of the NBA’s players were people of color, decreasing by one percentage point from last season."
I have to assume, when they mean "Eighty-two percent of players were players of color
[during 2011-2012]," they're including other non-white international players and biracial players.
Is there a complete yearly statistical breakdown of the NBA by race and ethnicity and nationality available for the 1980s and earlier? It would be interesting to see the numbers throughout the years.
To see the numbers going back to the beginning of the 90's, scroll all the way down to page 20 in the report i've included from tidesport.