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.

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6,092 1,816
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Karl Malone Power forward

2
6,087 1,943
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
6,194 1,495
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

4
5,722 1,503
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
4,991 1,451
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

6
4,260 1,454
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

7
4,433 1,485
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

8
3,074 1,146
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
2,425 1,098
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

10
2,611 1,131
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Pete Maravich Shooting guard

11
2,783 1,160
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
3,041 1,222
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
2,720 1,331
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

14
1,617 1,037
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

15
1,880 890
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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1,957 1,221
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

17
1,881 1,098
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

18
1,321 437
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
1,240 861
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

20
1,642 932
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

21
1,906 1,219
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

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1,359 678
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Penny Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard

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1,349 815
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

24
1,534 1,202
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

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662 220
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Tim Hardaway Point guard

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521 143
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

27
652 735
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

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992 580
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added James Harden Shooting guard

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592 534
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

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718 688
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

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333 320
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

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236 108
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

33
806 1,310
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

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634 686
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

35
390 514
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

36
217 146
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
329 504
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

38
325 227
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

39
359 276
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Blake Griffin Power forward

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246 168
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

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340 215
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

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413 437
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

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263 167
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

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199 140
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

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278 295
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

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450 496
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

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199 51
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Paul George Shooting guard, Small forward

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148 137
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center

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187 142
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard

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155 117
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added John Starks Shooting guard