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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
5,824 1,712
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Karl Malone Power forward

2
5,823 1,819
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
5,947 1,418
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
John Stockton Point guard

4
5,398 1,434
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
4,749 1,395
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Steve Nash Point guard

6
4,062 1,399
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Patrick Ewing Center

7
4,233 1,426
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Reggie Miller Shooting guard

8
2,919 1,095
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dominique Wilkins Small forward

9
2,482 1,075
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

10
2,297 1,043
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Elgin Baylor Small forward

11
2,607 1,112
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
2,863 1,186
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
2,534 1,288
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Paul Point guard

14
1,545 995
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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15
1,786 850
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
1,865 1,174
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Chris Webber Power forward, Center

17
1,803 1,045
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Grant Hill Small forward

18
1,183 371
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
1,561 894
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shawn Kemp Power forward

20
1,183 814
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bernard King Small forward

21
1,815 1,114
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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22
1,264 649
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
1,244 774
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Yao Ming Center

24
1,439 1,145
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Derrick Rose Point guard

25
601 191
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
610 699
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Alex English Small forward

27
417 123
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

28
872 557
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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29
565 494
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
695 648
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard

31
295 296
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
758 1,253
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

33
599 649
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Dražen Petrović Shooting guard

34
167 80
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
184 114
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Muggsy Bogues Point guard

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36
373 484
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Adrian Dantley Shooting guard, Small forward

37
306 477
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Bob Lanier Center

38
290 205
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Spud Webb Point guard

39
304 189
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

40
315 249
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Blake Griffin Power forward

41
396 412
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Mark Price Point guard

42
243 145
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Larry Johnson Power forward

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43
214 151
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Peja Stojaković Small forward

44
257 269
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Arvydas Sabonis Center

45
435 481
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
137 97
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added John Starks Shooting guard

47
169 125
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center

48
422 483
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
160 124
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Kyle Lowry Point guard

50
129 116
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Artis Gilmore Center