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

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

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

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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

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

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

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

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

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Kevin Durant Small forward

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

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward

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

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

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

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

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

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Russell Westbrook Point guard

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Penny Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard

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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

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Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Yao Ming Center

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

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Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

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Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Kevin Johnson Point guard

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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Tim Hardaway Point guard

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

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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

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Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
James Harden Shooting guard

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Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

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Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Mark Price Point guard

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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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

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

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Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Nance Power forward, Center

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

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Terry Porter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Terry Porter Point guard

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LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

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Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Lenny Wilkens Point guard

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center

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

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

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Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Sidney Moncrief Shooting guard