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.

list ordered by

1
6,318 1,903
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

2
6,323 2,045
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward

3
6,414 1,577
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

4
6,043 1,546
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

5
5,201 1,509
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

6
4,408 1,524
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

7
4,602 1,541
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

8
3,215 1,196
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

9
2,536 1,162
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

10
2,735 1,186
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

11
2,973 1,220
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

12
3,236 1,257
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
2,873 1,388
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

14
1,685 1,083
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

15
1,965 935
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
2,039 1,267
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

17
1,452 505
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

18
1,954 1,153
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

19
1,722 961
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

20
1,287 894
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

21
1,430 705
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

22
1,978 1,304
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Forward

23
1,444 851
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center

24
1,671 1,235
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

25
710 242
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard

26
625 165
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center

27
1,072 613
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

28
681 765
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

29
620 562
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard

30
746 718
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

31
366 340
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
285 137
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
842 1,372
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

34
661 713
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

35
250 176
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Point guard

36
406 539
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

37
346 523
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

38
355 243
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

39
405 299
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Power forward

40
280 185
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

41
217 158
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Point guard

42
368 231
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added Power forward, Center

43
228 151
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

44
238 62
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard, Small forward

45
439 453
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Point guard

46
156 131
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Center

47
286 181
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward

48
165 149
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Center

49
299 315
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Center

50
467 509
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center