Basketball 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.

list ordered by

1
6,292 1,893
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

2
6,298 2,034
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward

3
6,389 1,568
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

4
6,003 1,539
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

5
5,172 1,504
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

6
4,387 1,518
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

7
4,578 1,536
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

8
3,196 1,193
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

9
2,521 1,155
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

10
2,724 1,179
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

11
2,948 1,217
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

12
3,215 1,252
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Shooting guard, Small forward

13
2,852 1,380
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

14
1,674 1,076
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

15
1,956 928
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
2,033 1,260
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

17
1,436 491
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

18
1,941 1,149
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

19
1,708 957
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

20
1,278 891
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

21
1,420 701
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

22
1,964 1,293
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Forward

23
1,426 843
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center

24
1,646 1,232
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

25
701 240
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard

26
614 162
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center

27
1,059 608
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

28
675 760
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

29
613 558
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard

30
741 713
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

31
358 338
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Power forward, Center

32
277 131
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard

33
834 1,362
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

34
659 707
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

35
244 171
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Point guard

36
404 533
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

37
343 519
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

38
347 240
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

39
274 182
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

40
393 297
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Power forward

41
209 155
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Point guard

42
360 229
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added Power forward, Center

43
221 150
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

44
435 450
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Point guard

45
230 62
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard, Small forward

46
279 180
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward

47
149 131
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Center

48
296 313
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Center

49
162 149
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Center

50
465 509
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center