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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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward Karl Anthony Malone, nicknamed "The Mailman" is a retired American professional basketball power forward. He spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the ...more

2
6,442 2,086
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward Charles Wade Barkley is a retired American professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and ...more

3
6,516 1,606
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard John Houston Stockton is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire professional playing career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball ...more

4
6,187 1,563
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for four different teams during 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played both the point ...more

5
5,293 1,532
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard Stephen John "Steve" Nash, OC, OBC is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a ...more

6
4,485 1,548
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center Patrick Aloysius Ewing, Sr. is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBA's New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly ...more

7
4,677 1,568
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard Reginald Wayne "Reggie" Miller is a retired American professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association career with the Indiana Pacers. Miller ...more

8
3,285 1,220
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward Jacques Dominique Wilkins is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best ...more

9
2,591 1,187
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward Elgin Gay Baylor is a retired American basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 13 seasons as a forward in the National Basketball Association for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers, ...more

10
2,781 1,211
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard Peter Press "Pistol Pete" Maravich was an American professional basketball player. He was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Maravich ...more

11
3,059 1,244
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
3,324 1,277
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Shooting guard, Small forward Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, and a ...more

13
2,938 1,414
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 Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the ...more

14
1,720 1,100
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard George "The Iceman" Gervin is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the ...more

15
2,003 957
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, commonly referred to as Dikembe Mutombo, is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the ...more

16
2,075 1,295
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III is a retired American professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA Rookie ...more

17
1,514 532
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Westbrook played college basketball ...more

18
1,987 1,170
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward Grant Henry Hill is a retired American basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association; the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, ...more

19
1,757 978
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward Shawn Travis Kemp is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA ...more

20
1,311 915
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward Bernard King is a retired American professional basketball player at the small forward position in the NBA. He played 14 seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New ...more

21
1,456 720
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association, specializing as an unconventionally tall point ...more

22
2,013 1,345
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 22 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 for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more

23
1,494 866
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected to start for the Western Conference in the ...more

24
1,716 1,249
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college ...more

25
671 179
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more

26
730 258
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard Timothy Duane "Tim" Hardaway Sr. is a retired American basketball player, currently serving as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. ...more

27
1,113 638
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Harden played college basketball for ...more

28
700 778
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward Alexander English is a retired American basketball player. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. Born in Columbia, South ...more

29
630 573
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard Kevin Maurice Johnson is the current mayor of Sacramento, the capital city of the U.S. state of California. Elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012, Johnson is the first African American to serve ...more

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378 349
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Power forward, Center Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond is a retired American basketball player. Dominant at both center and power forward, he was a seven-time All-Star and the first player in NBA history to record ...more

31
756 732
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard Jeffrey John Hornacek is an American head coach for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. He formerly played shooting guard in the NBA from 1986 through 2000.

32
313 148
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the USC Trojans and ...more

33
861 1,390
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more

34
680 722
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the National ...more

35
263 184
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Point guard Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the United Faith Christian Academy boys' basketball team. The shortest ...more

36
418 546
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward Adrian Delano Dantley is a retired American basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A forward/guard and six-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the ...more

37
357 530
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center Robert Jerry "Bob" Lanier, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Lanier was inducted into the ...more

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368 250
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard. Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in ...more

39
229 169
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Point guard Kyle Lowry is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia and declared ...more

40
383 238
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added Power forward, Center LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Aldridge, a 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound ...more

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415 319
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Power forward Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

42
239 160
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 ...more

43
256 71
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard, Small forward Paul Clifton Anthony George is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. George played high school ...more

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177 154
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Center Artis Gilmore is a retired American Hall of Fame basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association. Artis was inducted into the Naismith ...more

45
445 461
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Point guard William Mark Price is the current head coach of the Charlotte 49ers and a former American basketball player who played for 12 seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his ...more

46
292 185
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward Larry Demetric Johnson is a retired American basketball player who spent his professional career in the National Basketball Association with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. He was ...more

47
313 321
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Center Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of his era, he won the Euroscar Award six times, and ...more

48
160 142
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Center Manute Bol was a Sudanese-born basketball player and political activist. At 7 ft 7 in tall, he was one of the tallest men ever to play in the National Basketball Association, along with Gheorghe ...more

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476 514
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Stoudemire played high school ...more

50
175 136
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added Shooting guard John Levell Starks is an American retired professional basketball shooting guard. Starks was listed at 6'5" and 190 pounds during his NBA playing career. Although he was not drafted in the ...more