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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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1
5,582 1,652
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

2
5,522 1,622
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Karl Malone Power forward

3
5,705 1,336
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

4
5,062 1,385
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
4,508 1,350
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

6
3,879 1,335
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

7
4,049 1,352
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

8
2,757 1,028
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
2,362 1,011
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

10
2,175 981
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

11
2,448 1,048
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
2,682 1,151
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
1,474 935
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
George Gervin Shooting guard

14
2,350 1,233
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

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15
1,681 806
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
1,767 1,133
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

17
1,728 987
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

18
1,033 313
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Russell Westbrook Point guard

19
1,127 765
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

20
1,706 1,040
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Carmelo Anthony Small forward, Forward

21
1,486 860
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

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22
1,190 619
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Penny Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard

23
1,147 730
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

24
1,354 1,084
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

25
546 166
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Tim Hardaway Point guard

26
573 657
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

27
775 523
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added James Harden Shooting guard

28
323 105
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

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29
538 460
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

30
668 618
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

31
274 268
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

32
716 1,204
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

33
573 623
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

34
120 43
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

35
357 457
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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36
291 458
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

37
261 183
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

38
143 88
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Muggsy Bogues Point guard

39
222 129
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

40
376 396
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

41
268 170
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center

42
246 247
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

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43
278 225
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Blake Griffin Power forward

44
192 133
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

45
415 465
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

46
136 101
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard

47
148 111
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

48
395 473
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Amar'e Stoudemire Power forward, Center

49
112 102
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center

50
136 144
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Sidney Moncrief Shooting guard