The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings Basketball Players

The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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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.

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

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    1962 More
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Karl Malone

    1963 More
    100
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    99
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Patrick Ewing

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    93
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    1965 More
    93
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    Steve Nash

    1974 More
    91
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    1975 More
    88
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    1960 More
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    1947 More
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    1934 More
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    often listed &controversial
    Chris Webber

    1973 More
    68
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    Chris Paul

    1985 More
    68
  14. 14
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    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    Tracy McGrady

    1979 More
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    added by: LeeBob
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    George Gervin

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    1977 More
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    Grant Hill

    1972 More
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    Dikembe Mutombo

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    66
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    Bernard King

    1956 More
    64
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    often listed
    Shawn Kemp

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    63
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    Carmelo Anthony

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    often listed
    Derrick Rose

    1988 More
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    John Stockton

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    Charles Barkley

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    controversial
    Anfernee Penny Hardaway

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    controversial
    George Gervin

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    1980 More
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    added by: LeeBob
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    1963 More
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    Alex English

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    Benard King

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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Penny Hardaway

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    Kevin Johnson

    1966 More
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    added by: eliahu.ran
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    Drazen Petrovic

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    Dwight Howard

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    49
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    often listed
    Bob Lanier

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    often listed
    Adrian Dantley

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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Alex English

    1954 More
    47
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    Nate Thurmond

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    added by: p1.kaygee
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    ranked low on reranks
    Detlef Schrempf

    1963 More
    44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Connie Hawkins

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    44
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    Tim Hardaway

    1966 More
    44
    added by: wiabux
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Mark Price

    1964 More
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    added by: LeeBob
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    Dan Majerle

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    often listed
    Terry Porter

    1963 More
    42
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    1965 More
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  46. 46
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    Arvydas Sabonis

    1964 More
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    added by: p1.kaygee
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    niche appeal
    James Harden

    1989 More
    41
    added by: JohnWarner
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    1959 More
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    ranked high on reranks &niche appeal
    Walt Bellamy

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    added by: p1.kaygee
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    Deron Williams

    1984 More
    40
    added by: LeeBob
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