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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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5,840 1,834
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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5,964 1,429
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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5,430 1,438
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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4,774 1,398
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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4,078 1,405
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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4,251 1,433
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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2,928 1,103
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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2,310 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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2,491 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 1,116
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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2,883 1,190
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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2,554 1,291
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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1,549 1,000
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

The Top Current NBA Players

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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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1,873 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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1,810 1,049
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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1,199 377
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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1,186 817
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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1,827 1,124
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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1,570 897
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

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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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1,255 776
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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1,450 1,148
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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603 193
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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613 700
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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427 125
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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884 558
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added James Harden Shooting guard

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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566 496
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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696 650
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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298 297
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 1,255
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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175 81
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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600 651
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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375 484
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

The Weirdest Sports from Around the World

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187 115
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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307 477
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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292 206
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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307 190
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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317 251
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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397 412
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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243 145
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

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216 151
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

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257 269
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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129 116
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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436 481
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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137 97
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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171 125
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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424 483
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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161 125
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard