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List Rules 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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4,798 1,334
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Karl Malone Power forward

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2
4,848 1,330
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

3
5,034 1,075
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

4
3,401 1,140
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

5
4,066 1,230
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

6
3,532 1,139
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

7
3,860 1,142
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

8
2,303 892
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
1,857 810
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

10
2,012 864
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

11
1,903 906
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

12
2,150 1,049
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward

13
1,240 786
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

14
1,902 1,063
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

15
1,422 673
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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16
1,522 840
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

17
1,527 1,006
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

18
546 144
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Russell Westbrook Point guard

19
967 646
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

20
1,388 853
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

21
1,277 767
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

22
986 542
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Penny Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard

23
1,132 927
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

24
910 609
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

25
377 108
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Tim Hardaway Point guard

26
476 569
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

27
455 371
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Kevin Johnson Point guard

28
578 520
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

29
481 435
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added James Harden Shooting guard

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30
578 1,076
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

31
202 197
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

32
495 538
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

33
305 379
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

34
254 386
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

35
118 34
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

36
312 342
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

37
359 402
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

38
183 181
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

39
186 144
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Blake Griffin Power forward

40
313 427
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

41
188 123
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

42
227 393
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Connie Hawkins Power forward, Center

43
221 325
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Nance Power forward, Center

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44
93 106
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Sidney Moncrief Shooting guard

45
229 345
Terry Porter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Terry Porter Point guard

46
177 126
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

47
110 120
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Lenny Wilkens Point guard

48
147 88
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

49
82 59
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

50
110 81
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward