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The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

List Criteria: Only Professional NBA Basketball Players who have never won a championship ring

List of the greatest NBA basketball players of all time who never won a championship ring. Though winning a championship is the ultimate goal of any team in any league, often circumstances conspire to keep even the most elite athletes from actually making it to that pinnacle of achievement. Thus, it has become a known and accepted truth that there must be other ways to measure the greatness of a basketball icon other than counting up their actual championship record. A number of lesser players whose names have been all but forgotten to history have collected more rings than legends like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller.

But what other measurements can be used to evaluate the dominance of a given player, if not by the rings on their fingers? Perhaps participation in NBA All Star competitions? Their central importance to a particular team or city? It'd be hard to argue against the greatness of six-time NBA All Star Shawn Kemp, nor to deny his integral position on the '90s Seattle Sonics. Yet in may ways because of the dominance of MIchael Jordan's Bulls dynasty, Kemp was never part of a championship team. Today, many fans have been looking to LeBron James as an example of a famed, iconic player who nevertheless can't seem to find himself in a position to actually take an NBA title. (He was first tied to his lackluster hometown Cavaliers, and then played on a somewhat disappointing star-studded Miami Heat roster.)

Below, vote for your favorite players who never managed to clinch a championship victory. And if you think a key player has been left off the list, add them by making your own re-ranked version. Thanks to your votes, we'll create a list of the best NBA players without a ring.

The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings Basketball Players
  • 69 ReRanks
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    most listed
    Small forward, Power forward

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  2. 2
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    Point guard

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  3. 3
    + 3880
    - 1076

    the people's #1
    Power forward

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  4. 4
    + 2767
    - 862


    Center

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  5. 5
    + 2883
    - 853


    Shooting guard

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  6. 6
    + 3138
    - 881


    Point guard

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  7. 7
    + 3001
    - 1072


    Point guard, Shooting guard

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  8. 8
    + 1776
    - 708


    Small forward

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  9. 9
    + 1599
    - 633


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  10. 10
    + 1454
    - 600


    Small forward

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  11. 11
    + 1555
    - 709


    Small forward

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  12. 12
    + 1393
    - 711


    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  13. 13
    + 1000
    - 591


    Shooting guard

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  14. 14
    + 1655
    - 884

    added by LeeBob
    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  15. 15
    + 1243
    - 672


    Small forward

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  16. 16
    + 1100
    - 507


    Center

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  17. 17
    + 1417
    - 915


    Point guard

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  18. 18
    + 1234
    - 860


    Power forward, Center

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  19. 19
    + 791
    - 491


    Small forward

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  20. 20
    + 1035
    - 627


    Small forward, Forward

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  21. 21
    + 986
    - 653


    Power forward

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  22. 22
    + 716
    - 419


    Point guard, Shooting guard

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  23. 23
    + 882
    - 692


    Point guard

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  24. 24
    + 357
    - 438

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Small forward

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  25. 25
    + 643
    - 452

    added by LeeBob
    Center

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  26. 26
    + 481
    - 377


    Shooting guard

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  27. 27
    + 335
    - 273

    added by eliahu.ran
    Point guard

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  28. 28
    + 380
    - 417


    Shooting guard

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  29. 29
    + 429
    - 877

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Power forward, Center

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  30. 30
    + 218
    - 290


    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  31. 31
    + 184
    - 289

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Center

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  32. 32
    + 188
    - 42

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Point guard

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  33. 33
    + 69
    - 33

    ranked low on reranks & added by ArmandMalone
    Point guard

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  34. 34
    + 280
    - 295

    ranked low on reranks
    Small forward, Power forward

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  35. 35
    + 165
    - 310

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Power forward, Center

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  36. 36
    + 144
    - 248


    Power forward, Center

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  37. 37
    + 197
    - 274

    added by LeeBob
    Point guard

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  38. 38
    + 112
    - 113

    ranked low on reranks & added by p1.kaygee
    Power forward, Center

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  39. 39
    + 168
    - 260

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Point guard

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  40. 40
    + 53
    - 37

    added by GiovanneYaun
    Power forward

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  41. 41
    + 270
    - 331

    added by JohnWarner
    Shooting guard

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  42. 42
    + 99
    - 98

    added by p1.kaygee
    Center

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  43. 43
    + 97
    - 129


    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  44. 44
    + 190
    - 341

    added by LeeBob
    Power forward, Center

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  45. 45
    + 72
    - 44

    ranked low on reranks & added by AaronCannizzaro
    Power forward, Center

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  46. 46
    + 234
    - 391

    added by LeeBob
    Point guard

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  47. 47
    + 33
    - 38

    added by LeeBob
    Shooting guard

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  48. 48
    + 69
    - 172

    often listed & added by p1.kaygee
    Power forward, Center

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  49. 49
    + 48
    - 51


    Point guard

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  50. 50
    + 52
    - 30

    ranked low on reranks & added by BillyDiDonato
    Power forward

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