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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
5,711 1,749
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

2
5,689 1,655
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Karl Malone Power forward

3
5,828 1,371
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

4
5,235 1,410
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
4,623 1,371
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

6
3,970 1,372
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

7
4,138 1,396
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

8
2,839 1,064
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 1,044
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

10
2,234 1,013
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

11
2,533 1,080
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
2,770 1,168
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
1,505 970
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

14
2,444 1,266
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

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15
1,722 835
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
1,816 1,155
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

17
1,762 1,018
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

18
1,105 344
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
1,150 787
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

20
1,516 876
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

21
1,757 1,081
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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22
1,224 635
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
1,191 754
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

24
1,392 1,115
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

25
567 177
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
586 681
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

27
362 117
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
819 540
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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29
543 480
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
678 634
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

31
280 284
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
737 1,231
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

33
584 638
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

34
143 61
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
363 473
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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36
165 101
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
273 194
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

38
295 469
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

39
287 181
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
299 235
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
385 405
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
229 139
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

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43
252 259
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
203 145
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

45
423 476
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
410 479
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
149 115
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
155 120
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

49
122 109
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center

50
91 92
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