Basketball The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
152.8k votes 17.6k voters 270.7k views 452 items

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
6,185 1,855
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

2
6,188 1,987
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward

3
6,284 1,533
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

4
5,845 1,521
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

5
5,079 1,477
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

6
4,323 1,484
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

7
4,498 1,509
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

8
3,127 1,169
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

9
2,464 1,125
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

10
2,669 1,153
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

11
2,863 1,184
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

12
3,118 1,237
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
2,784 1,351
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

14
1,643 1,056
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

15
1,914 910
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
1,983 1,245
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

17
1,910 1,122
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

18
1,374 456
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

19
1,671 944
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

20
1,256 876
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

21
1,935 1,248
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Forward

22
1,391 688
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

23
1,384 827
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center

24
1,574 1,215
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

25
681 230
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard

26
568 152
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center

27
660 749
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

28
1,024 595
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

29
603 546
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard

30
732 701
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

31
345 330
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
258 116
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
822 1,333
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

34
648 696
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

35
395 523
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

36
228 157
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Point guard

37
332 510
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

38
336 232
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

39
377 284
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Power forward

40
260 174
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

41
350 219
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added Power forward, Center

42
211 141
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

43
425 439
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Point guard

44
274 170
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward

45
213 53
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard, Small forward

46
288 298
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Center

47
154 139
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Center

48
198 146
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Point guard

49
457 501
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center

50
162 120
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added Shooting guard