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Wataru "Wat" Misaka (December 21, 1923 – November 20, 2019) was an American professional basketball player. He was the first non-white player and the first player of Asian descent to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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- Vecsey, George (August 11, 2009). "Pioneering Knick Returns to Garden". The New York Times. p. B-9. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
He lasted just three games, but is remembered as the first non-Caucasian player in modern professional basketball, three years before African-Americans were included.
- "A Nisei in the NBA: The Wat Misaka Story". Hokubei.com. 2008-08-29. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- "Wat Misaka, First Nonwhite in Modern Pro Basketball, Dies at 95". The New York Times. November 21, 2019.