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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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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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5,846 1,835
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

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5,970 1,430
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

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5,435 1,441
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard

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

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4,082 1,408
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

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4,256 1,434
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

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

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2,314 1,048
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

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2,497 1,083
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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2,620 1,118
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

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2,884 1,191
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

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2,556 1,293
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

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

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

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1,876 1,177
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

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1,813 1,050
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

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1,204 379
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Russell Westbrook Point guard

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1,186 818
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

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1,828 1,126
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

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

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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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1,256 777
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

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1,451 1,149
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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605 195
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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Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

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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

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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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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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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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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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762 1,257
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

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

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

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

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308 478
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

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

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307 191
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

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317 252
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Blake Griffin Power forward

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

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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

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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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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

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Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

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John Starks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added John Starks Shooting guard

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172 126
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

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Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard