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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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1
5,722 1,664
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Karl Malone Power forward

2
5,730 1,772
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

3
5,850 1,383
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

4
5,267 1,417
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
4,643 1,379
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

6
3,991 1,376
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

7
4,153 1,402
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

8
2,853 1,071
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
2,435 1,048
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

10
2,242 1,021
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

11
2,548 1,084
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
2,789 1,173
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
1,514 973
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

14
2,460 1,270
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

The Top Current NBA Players

15
1,736 837
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
1,826 1,156
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

17
1,773 1,021
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

18
1,118 346
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
1,157 791
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

20
1,524 880
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

21
1,767 1,086
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

22
1,231 637
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
1,203 757
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

24
1,398 1,120
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

25
574 179
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
589 685
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

27
369 118
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

28
825 545
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added James Harden Shooting guard

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

29
544 482
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Kevin Johnson Point guard

30
679 636
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

31
280 287
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
740 1,234
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

33
586 640
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

34
149 63
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

35
363 475
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
168 101
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Muggsy Bogues Point guard

37
276 194
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

38
295 471
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

39
290 182
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

40
301 238
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
385 406
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

42
230 139
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

43
252 260
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

44
204 146
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

45
424 476
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

46
413 479
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
150 116
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard

48
155 121
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

49
122 110
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center

50
92 93
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Manute Bol Center