There was not a first person to play NBA basketball ,ritard, basketball is played in teams.
Well, first they have to get picked by an NBA (National Basketball Association) team. Then they play basketball.
Actually and in the history is Yao Ming
the first Asian Basketball player was alejandra Luna
there are no women in nba they are in another organization called WNBA( Women National Basketball Association)
the first Asian basketball player was alejandra Luna
Chuck Cooper was one of the first African-American males in the NBA.
The first person who played in an NBA game was Earl Lloyd