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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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4,986 1,411
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Karl Malone Power forward

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2
5,233 1,145
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

3
5,056 1,407
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

4
4,337 1,265
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

5
4,053 1,191
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

6
3,679 1,201
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

7
3,524 1,206
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

8
2,426 932
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
1,943 863
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

10
2,101 909
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

11
2,042 950
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

12
2,308 1,080
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward

13
1,300 830
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

14
2,024 1,113
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

15
1,491 711
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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16
1,577 879
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

17
1,593 1,045
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

18
677 188
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Russell Westbrook Point guard

19
1,006 682
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

20
1,344 791
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

21
1,476 902
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

22
1,036 561
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Penny Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard

23
982 636
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

24
1,179 974
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

25
417 124
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Tim Hardaway Point guard

26
503 587
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

27
479 393
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Kevin Johnson Point guard

28
600 548
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

29
550 458
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added James Harden Shooting guard

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157 48
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

31
218 213
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

32
514 558
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

33
611 1,108
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

34
315 396
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

35
265 402
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

36
205 196
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

37
324 356
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

38
374 416
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

39
196 136
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

40
204 164
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Blake Griffin Power forward

41
166 95
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

42
202 134
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

43
131 93
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

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77 44
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Muggsy Bogues Point guard

45
118 136
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Lenny Wilkens Point guard

46
327 442
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

47
96 71
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

48
101 117
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Sidney Moncrief Shooting guard

49
119 98
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Oakley Power forward, Center

50
232 335
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Nance Power forward, Center