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

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5,968 1,889
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
6,083 1,462
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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5,572 1,470
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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4,887 1,423
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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4,167 1,428
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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4,348 1,457
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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3,009 1,117
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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2,370 1,070
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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2,555 1,108
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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2,694 1,139
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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2,960 1,206
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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2,634 1,316
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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1,575 1,014
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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1,837 870
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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1,917 1,195
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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1,852 1,066
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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1,256 408
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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1,211 836
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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1,605 913
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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1,857 1,173
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

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1,315 661
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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1,301 797
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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1,487 1,178
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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634 204
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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628 717
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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472 138
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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936 570
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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582 511
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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707 665
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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314 306
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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785 1,283
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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204 92
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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611 670
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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383 498
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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203 128
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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316 488
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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309 216
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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325 201
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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338 265
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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232 161
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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402 426
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

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252 156
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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267 282
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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147 105
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added John Starks Shooting guard

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137 126
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center

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437 489
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

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180 131
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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439 495
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

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174 133
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard