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The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings  

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List Rules Vote up the top players who never quite reached the NBA mountaintop.

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

1 NBA Finals appearance (2001)

Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard
Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star ...more

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#53 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #469 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 240 The Best White Players in NBA History

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

1 NBA Finals appearance (1993)

Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on Inside the NBA. Nicknamed Chuck, Sir Charles, Street Beef, and ...more

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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

2 NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998)

John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, and the team ...more

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#1,495 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 240 The Best White Players in NBA History #33 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

2 NBA Finals appearances (1994, 1999)

Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team. He played ...more

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#48 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #2,188 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #43 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

6
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward
Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more

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#21 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #252 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #18 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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

1 NBA Finals appearance (2000)

Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career with the Indiana ...more

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#229 of 291 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #53 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #10 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

8 NBA Finals appearances (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970)

Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934) is an American former basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 14 seasons as a small forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ...more

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#104 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #7 of 104 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard
Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more

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#3 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #34 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 240 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward
Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more

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#12 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #1,590 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #91 of 291 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Shooting guard, Small forward

1 NBA Finals appearance (2013)

Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played as ...more

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#42 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #1,856 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #45 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard
Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more

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#2,193 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #57 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Timefeaturing The Coolest Chris Paul Signature Shoes, Ranked

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard
George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and ...more

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#9 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #75 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Republicans in Hollywood: Republican Celebrities List

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

2 NBA Finals appearance (2001, 2003)

Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player. Mutombo played 18 seasons in the National Basketball ...more

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#95 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #99 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #7 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center
Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III (born March 1, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA ...more

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#115 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #50 of 169 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #16 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

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Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center
Yao Ming (born September 12, 1980) is a Chinese basketball executive and retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and ...more

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#94 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #121 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #10 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward
Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972) is a former American professional basketball player and current Hudl videographer for Orlando City SC. He is also currently a host of NBA TV's NBA Inside ...more

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#122 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1 of 77 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Timelisted on Mormon Politicians

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

1 NBA Finals appearance (1995)

Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers and a former professional player. Hardaway played in the National ...more

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#38 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #114 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #18 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Forward
Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent but last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more

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#2,198 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #123 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #63 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

1 NBA Finals appearance (1996)

Shawn Travis Kemp (born November 26, 1969) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 14 seasons. He was a six-time NBA ...more

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#60 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #1,677 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #106 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward
Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at the small forward position in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 14 seasons with ...more

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#709 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #78 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #12 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard
Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college ...more

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#52 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #150 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2 of 81 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center
Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward ...more

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#76 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #140 of 291 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #66 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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