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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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1
4,887 1,360
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
5,118 1,105
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

3
4,931 1,366
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

4
3,443 1,173
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

5
3,597 1,163
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

6
4,177 1,243
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

7
3,940 1,154
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

8
2,359 905
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
1,895 824
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

10
2,047 881
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

11
1,959 922
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
2,204 1,058
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
1,265 806
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

14
1,955 1,083
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

15
1,445 690
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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16
1,544 855
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

17
1,556 1,020
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

18
598 160
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
1,428 867
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

20
985 662
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

21
1,309 775
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

22
1,010 549
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
1,147 947
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

24
939 620
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

25
395 116
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
488 577
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

27
464 380
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
582 534
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

29
508 443
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
209 203
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

31
136 39
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

32
591 1,091
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

33
506 546
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

34
308 385
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

35
258 392
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

36
191 188
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

37
315 348
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

38
365 407
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

39
196 149
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
184 129
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

41
194 126
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
155 88
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

43
112 125
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Lenny Wilkens Point guard

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44
322 429
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

45
121 83
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

46
97 110
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Sidney Moncrief Shooting guard

47
89 61
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

48
229 398
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Connie Hawkins Power forward, Center

49
226 329
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Nance Power forward, Center

50
231 350
Terry Porter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Terry Porter Point guard