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.

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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

2
6,038 1,921
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

3
6,153 1,479
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

4
5,662 1,490
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
4,952 1,440
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

6
4,223 1,444
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

7
4,407 1,469
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

8
3,048 1,132
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
2,406 1,085
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

10
2,598 1,120
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Pete Maravich Shooting guard

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2,754 1,152
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
3,013 1,216
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
2,692 1,328
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

14
1,605 1,028
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

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1,864 884
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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1,944 1,210
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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1,869 1,090
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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1,299 427
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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1,232 853
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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1,626 927
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

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1,889 1,204
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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1,340 671
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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1,332 807
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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1,515 1,193
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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651 214
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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503 142
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

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645 728
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

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978 576
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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589 524
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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714 679
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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325 315
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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225 103
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

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796 1,303
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

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626 680
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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386 509
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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214 142
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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326 498
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

38
321 224
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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355 271
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Blake Griffin Power forward

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338 210
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

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243 167
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

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408 435
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

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259 163
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

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192 138
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

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273 293
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

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446 495
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

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193 48
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Paul George Shooting guard, Small forward

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144 134
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center

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184 139
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard

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153 115
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added John Starks Shooting guard