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
6,312 1,902
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

2
6,318 2,044
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward

3
6,409 1,576
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

4
6,034 1,545
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

5
5,195 1,508
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

6
4,407 1,522
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

7
4,599 1,540
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

8
3,213 1,195
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

9
2,534 1,161
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

10
2,734 1,184
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

11
2,968 1,220
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

12
3,230 1,256
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
2,868 1,388
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

14
1,683 1,080
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

15
1,964 932
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
2,039 1,264
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

17
1,449 502
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

18
1,951 1,152
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

19
1,719 960
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

20
1,285 893
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

21
1,427 704
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

22
1,973 1,303
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Forward

23
1,440 848
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center

24
1,666 1,235
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

25
708 242
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard

26
622 164
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center

27
1,068 613
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

28
679 763
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

29
617 561
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard

30
743 717
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

31
362 340
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
282 137
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
839 1,370
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

34
661 710
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

35
247 175
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Point guard

36
405 537
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

37
353 242
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

38
344 522
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

39
278 184
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

40
400 299
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Power forward

41
214 158
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Point guard

42
365 231
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added Power forward, Center

43
224 151
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

44
233 62
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard, Small forward

45
438 452
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Point guard

46
283 181
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward

47
153 131
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Center

48
299 313
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Center

49
163 149
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Center

50
466 509
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center