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The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings  

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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. 

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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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
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Timothy Duane "Tim" Hardaway Sr. is a retired American basketball player, currently serving as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. ...more
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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Point guard
Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland, ...more
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Alex English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward
Alexander English is a retired American basketball player. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Born in Columbia, South ...more
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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard, Small forward
Paul Clifton Anthony George is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. George played high school ...more
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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
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Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond is a retired American basketball player. Dominant at both center and power forward, he was a seven-time All-Star and the first player in NBA history to record ...more
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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
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Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the United Faith Christian Academy boys' basketball team. The shortest ...more
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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
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Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more
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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard
DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the USC Trojans and ...more
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Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
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Artis Gilmore is a retired American Hall of Fame basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association. Artis was inducted into the Naismith ...more
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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard
Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard. Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in ...more
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Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard
Kevin Maurice Johnson is the current mayor of Sacramento, the capital city of the U.S. state of California. Elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012, Johnson is the first African American to serve ...more
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LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
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LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Aldridge, a 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound ...more
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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward
Larry Demetric Johnson is a retired American basketball player who spent his professional career in the National Basketball Association with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. He was ...more
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Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard
Jeffrey John Hornacek is an American head coach for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. He formerly played shooting guard in the NBA from 1986 through 2000.
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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard
Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the National ...more
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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Small forward
Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college basketball for Tyler ...more
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Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward
Adrian Delano Dantley is a retired American basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A forward/guard and six-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the ...more
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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
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Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of his era, he won the Euroscar Award six times, and ...more
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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center
Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more
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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center
Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Stoudemire played high school ...more
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Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center
Robert Jerry "Bob" Lanier, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Lanier was inducted into the ...more
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Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Point guard, Shooting guard
Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford played his high school ...more
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Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Point guard
William Mark Price is the current head coach of the Charlotte 49ers and a former American basketball player who played for 12 seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his ...more
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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Point guard
Johnathan Hildred Wall, Jr. is an American professional basketball point guard for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Wall was ...more
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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Shooting guard
David O'Neil Thompson is a former American professional basketball star with the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association, as well as the ...more