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The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings  

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List Rules Vote up the top players who never quite reached the NBA mountaintop.

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

1 NBA Finals appearance (2001)

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
2
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward

1 NBA Finals appearance (1993)

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
4
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

2 NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998)

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
5
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

2 NBA Finals appearances (1994, 1999)

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
6
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

1 NBA Finals appearance (2000)

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

8 NBA Finals appearances (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970)

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
9
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Shooting guard, Small forward

1 NBA Finals appearance (2013)

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
12
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more
13
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 Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more
14
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
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

2 NBA Finals appearance (2001, 2003)

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
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
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
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
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

1 NBA Finals appearance (1995)

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
20
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 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 who is currently a free agent and last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more
21
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

1 NBA Finals appearance (1996)

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
22
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard
Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played one year ...more
24
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center
Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward ...more
25
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

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