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
6,187 1,855
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

2
6,190 1,987
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Power forward

3
6,287 1,533
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

4
5,849 1,521
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

5
5,081 1,480
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

6
4,325 1,485
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

7
4,501 1,509
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

8
3,129 1,169
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

9
2,465 1,125
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

10
2,670 1,153
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

11
2,864 1,184
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

12
3,119 1,237
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
2,784 1,352
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

14
1,644 1,056
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

15
1,914 912
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

16
1,985 1,245
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

17
1,911 1,122
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

18
1,375 457
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
ArmandMalone added Point guard

19
1,673 944
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward

20
1,257 876
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

21
1,935 1,249
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward, Forward

22
1,392 688
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard, Shooting guard

23
1,385 827
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Center

24
1,574 1,216
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

25
682 230
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
wiabux added Point guard

26
568 153
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Power forward, Center

27
661 749
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

28
1,024 596
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
JohnWarner added Shooting guard

29
604 546
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
eliahu.ran added Point guard

30
732 702
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

31
346 330
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
258 117
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
822 1,334
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

34
649 696
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard

35
396 523
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Shooting guard, Small forward

36
229 157
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
KobeBean24 added Point guard

37
333 510
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Center

38
336 233
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Point guard

39
377 285
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
GiovanneYaun added Power forward

40
260 175
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Small forward

41
350 220
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AaronCannizzaro added Power forward, Center

42
211 142
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Power forward, Center

43
427 439
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Point guard

44
275 170
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
BillyDiDonato added Power forward

45
213 54
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
Larry Paul Burnett added Shooting guard, Small forward

46
289 298
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
p1.kaygee added Center

47
155 139
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
slaft added Center

48
198 147
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
danahy added Point guard

49
457 502
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
LeeBob added Power forward, Center

50
162 121
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings
AurielVillanueva added Shooting guard