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The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings 

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List Rules Vote up the top players who never quite reached the NBA mountaintop.

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. 

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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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 44

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

1 NBA Finals appearance (2001)

Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more

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#12 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,526 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Point guard from Spokane, Washington

Age: 57

Teams: Utah Jazz

2 NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998)

John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, and the team ...more

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#18 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,612 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Power forward from Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3 NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998, 2004)

Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The Mailman", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 ...more

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#14 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #31 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Small forward and Power forward from USA, Leeds, Alabama

Age: 56

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

1 NBA Finals appearance (1993)

Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on Inside the NBA. Nicknamed Chuck, Sir Charles, Street Beef, and ...more

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22 Times Charles Barkley Made Everyone LOL #17 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,069 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Point guard from Johannesburg, South Africa

Age: 45

Number: 10

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star ...more

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#24 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #384 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Center from Kingston, Jamaica

Age: 57

Teams: Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

2 NBA Finals appearances (1994, 1999)

Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team. He played ...more

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#27 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,172 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Shooting guard from Riverside, California, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Indiana Pacers

1 NBA Finals appearance (2000)

Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career with the Indiana ...more

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#33 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #95 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #10 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Small forward from Paris, France

Age: 59

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more

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#31 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #564 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Shooting guard and Small forward from Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

1 NBA Finals appearance (2013)

Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played as ...more

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#37 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,055 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Shooting guard and Small forward from Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 25

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more

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#40 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,929 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Age: 85

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

8 NBA Finals appearances (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970)

Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934) is an American former basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 14 seasons as a small forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ...more

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#211 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #519 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Shooting guard from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more

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#25 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #123 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 3

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more

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The Coolest Chris Paul Signature Shoes, Ranked #45 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,128 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard from Long Beach, California

Age: 31

Number: 0

Teams: Houston Rockets

1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more

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The Best Jordan "Why Not?" Zer0.2 Colorways, Ranked #44 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,973 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Center from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Age: 53

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, + more

2 NBA Finals appearance (2001, 2003)

Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player. Mutombo played 18 seasons in the National Basketball ...more

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#53 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #13 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #4 of 22 The Greatest Georgetown Basketball Players of All Time

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Point guard and Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

1 NBA Finals appearance (1995)

Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers and a former professional player. Hardaway played in the National ...more

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#62 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #18 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #17 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 30

Number: 13

Teams: Houston Rockets

1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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The Best Harden Vol. 3 Colorways, Ranked #43 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #43 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Power forward from Elkhart, Indiana

Age: 50

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

1 NBA Finals appearance (1996)

Shawn Travis Kemp (born November 26, 1969) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 14 seasons. He was a six-time NBA ...more

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#59 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,891 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #48 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

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Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center from Shanghai, China

Age: 39

Teams: Houston Rockets

Yao Ming (born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese basketball executive and retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and ...more

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#67 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #10 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #16 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 26

Number: 3

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward ...more

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#50 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #21 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #1 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III (born March 1, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA ...more

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#65 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #42 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #31 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 67

Teams: Chicago Bulls

George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and ...more

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#455 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #129 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #107 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Small forward from Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Age: 47

Number: 33

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972) is a former American professional basketball player and current Hudl videographer for Orlando City SC. He is also currently a host of NBA TV's NBA Inside ...more

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#72 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #20 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Timelisted on Mormon Politicians

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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 53

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player. At 6 ft (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his crossover dribble which was dubbed the "UTEP ...more

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#69 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #19 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #179 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
Small forward and Forward from Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 7

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent but last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more

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#71 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,137 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #36 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today