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.

list ordered by

1
6,096 1,816
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

2
6,091 1,943
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward

3
6,198 1,495
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

4
5,725 1,503
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

5
4,995 1,451
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

6
4,262 1,455
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

7
4,437 1,485
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

8
3,077 1,146
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

9
2,428 1,098
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

10
2,614 1,131
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

11
2,788 1,160
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

12
3,042 1,222
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Shooting guard, Small forward

13
2,722 1,332
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

14
1,618 1,037
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

15
1,881 890
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
1,958 1,221
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

17
1,883 1,098
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

18
1,323 438
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

19
1,241 861
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

20
1,645 932
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

21
1,908 1,221
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Forward

22
1,361 678
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

23
1,350 815
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center

24
1,535 1,203
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

25
663 220
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard

26
523 144
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center

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

28
993 581
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

29
593 534
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard

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

31
334 320
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Power forward, Center

32
236 109
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard

33
807 1,312
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

34
636 686
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

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

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

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

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

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

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

43
200 140
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

44
263 167
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward

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

46
450 496
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center

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

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

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

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