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The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

Updated June 25, 2020 215.3k votes 24.8k voters 321.8k views148 items

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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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  • 1
    Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    8,053
    2,827

    Allen Iverson

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    1 NBA Finals appearance (2001)

  • 2
    Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    7,690
    3,077

    Charles Barkley

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

    1 NBA Finals appearance (1993)

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  • 3
    John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    7,312
    2,856

    John Stockton

    Point guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    2 NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998)

  • 4
    Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    6,585
    2,667

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    3 NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998, 2004)

  • 5
    Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    6,178
    2,592

    Steve Nash

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

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  • 6
    Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    5,204
    2,369

    Age57

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

    2 NBA Finals appearances (1994, 1999)

  • 7
    Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    5,313
    2,400

    Reggie Miller

    Shooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    1 NBA Finals appearance (2000)

  • 8
    Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    4,425
    1,971

    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Bartow

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

    1 NBA Finals appearance (2013)

  • 9
    Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    4,136
    2,071

    Dominique Wilkins

    Small forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceParis, France

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

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  • 10
    Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    4,347
    2,093

    Vince Carter

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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  • 11
    Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    3,421
    2,005

    Elgin Baylor

    Small forward

    Age85

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

  • 12
    Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    3,439
    2,013

    Pete Maravich

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

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  • 13
    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    3,846
    2,340

    Chris Paul

    Point guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

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  • 14
    Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,839
    1,965

    Age31

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

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  • 15
    Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    1,789
    802

    Dražen Petrović

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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  • 16
    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,340
    1,673

    James Harden

    Shooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    1 NBA Finals appearance (2012)

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  • 17
    Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,541
    1,840

    Age53

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

    2 NBA Finals appearance (2001, 2003)

  • 18
    Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,439
    1,950

    Chris Webber

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

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  • 19
    Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,077
    1,535

    Penny Hardaway

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

    1 NBA Finals appearance (1995)

  • 20
    Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    535
    345

    Jimmy Butler

    Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number21

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • 21
    Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,208
    1,811

    Shawn Kemp

    Power forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceElkhart, Indiana

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

    1 NBA Finals appearance (1996)

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  • 22
    George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,172
    1,804

    George Gervin

    Shooting guard

    Age67

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsChicago Bulls

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  • 23
    Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,226
    1,831

    Yao Ming

    Center

    Age39

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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  • 24
    Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    2,427
    1,996

    Derrick Rose

    Point guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number1

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

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  • 25
    Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings
    346
    211

    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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