The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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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.
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    - 1,175

    most listed
    Small forward, Power forward

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  2. 2
    + 4,401
    - 1,203

    the people's #1
    Power forward

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  3. 3
    + 4,664
    - 936


    Point guard

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  4. 4
    + 3,137
    - 999


    Center

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  5. 5
    + 3,254
    - 1,002


    Shooting guard

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  6. 6
    + 3,531
    - 1,023


    Point guard

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  7. 7
    + 3,559
    - 1,162


    Point guard, Shooting guard

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  8. 8
    + 2,067
    - 808


    Small forward

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  9. 9
    + 1,828
    - 765


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  10. 10
    + 1,676
    - 720


    Small forward

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  11. 11
    + 1,654
    - 824


    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  12. 12
    + 1,864
    - 866


    Small forward

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  13. 13
    + 1,146
    - 700

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Shooting guard

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  14. 14
    + 1,909
    - 985

    added by LeeBob
    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  15. 15
    + 1,281
    - 598


    Center

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  16. 16
    + 1,685
    - 992


    Point guard

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  17. 17
    + 1,413
    - 777


    Small forward

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  18. 18
    + 1,406
    - 950


    Power forward, Center

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  19. 19
    + 890
    - 583


    Small forward

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  20. 20
    + 1,235
    - 761


    Small forward, Forward

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  21. 21
    + 1,158
    - 719


    Power forward

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  22. 22
    + 316
    - 82

    added by ArmandMalone
    Point guard

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    + 863
    - 500


    Point guard, Shooting guard

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  24. 24
    + 1,028
    - 825


    Point guard

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  25. 25
    + 781
    - 541

    added by LeeBob
    Center

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  26. 26
    + 431
    - 513

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Small forward

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  27. 27
    + 540
    - 465


    Shooting guard

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  28. 28
    + 403
    - 333

    added by eliahu.ran
    Point guard

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  29. 29
    + 289
    - 83

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Point guard

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  30. 30
    + 509
    - 995

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Power forward, Center

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  31. 31
    + 456
    - 488


    Shooting guard

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  32. 32
    + 171
    - 160

    added by p1.kaygee
    Power forward, Center

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  33. 33
    + 233
    - 346

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Center

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  34. 34
    + 276
    - 339


    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  35. 35
    + 374
    - 392

    added by JohnWarner
    Shooting guard

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  36. 36
    + 333
    - 358


    Small forward, Power forward

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  37. 37
    + 266
    - 310

    added by LeeBob
    Point guard

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  38. 38
    + 143
    - 145

    added by p1.kaygee
    Center

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    + 126
    - 104

    added by GiovanneYaun
    Power forward

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  40. 40
    + 264
    - 392

    added by LeeBob
    Power forward, Center

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  41. 41
    + 194
    - 289


    Power forward, Center

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  42. 42
    + 209
    - 357


    Power forward, Center

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  43. 43
    + 205
    - 311


    Point guard

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  44. 44
    + 148
    - 88

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

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  45. 45
    + 91
    - 89


    Point guard

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  46. 46
    + 87
    - 220

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

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  47. 47
    + 70
    - 77

    added by LeeBob
    Shooting guard

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  48. 48
    + 111
    - 58

    ranked low on reranks & added by BillyDiDonato
    Power forward

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  49. 49
    + 26
    - 12

    added by KobeBean24
    Power forward, Center

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  50. 50
    + 130
    - 93

    ranked low on reranks
    Point guard

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