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Which NBA Star Will Win His First Ring? 

Aaron Hager
Updated December 13, 2019 398 votes 41 voters 36 items

List Rules Vote up the players with no titles who are most likely to win a ring next.

Every superstar in the NBA dreams of holding up the Larry O'Brien trophy at the end of the basketball season. But in the NBA, not everyone gets the opportunity to be called champion. There have been plenty of legends who never got to win an NBA championship, like Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson, just to name a few. 

In recent NBA seasons, we have seen dynasties take over the landscape. The Golden State Warriors have dominated the West, while Lebron James singled handedly reigned over the East. Now things are beginning to shift, with Golden State having a down year and LeBron James taking his talents to the Lakers. So for the first time in years, there are question marks as to who's going to win the NBA title. It's time for those great players without rings to step up.

Some players like James Harden and Paul George have been deep in the playoffs multiple times and come up empty, while others like Anthony Davis and Devin Booker have never had a chance to make a deep playoff run.

So vote for who you think is the next NBA player to win his first ring, and be sure to give this list a no look pass to your friends so they can vote as well.

Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which NBA Star Will Win His First Ring?
Photo: Los Angeles Lakers/Instagram

Playoff results

2015 - Lost 4-0 in first round of Western Conference Playoffs
2018 - Lost 4-1 in Western Conference semifinals

Position: Power forward, Center

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which NBA Star Will Win His First Ring?
Photo: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

Playoff results

2015 - Lost 4-2 in first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs
2017 - Lost 4-2 in first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs
2018 - Lost 4-3 in first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs
2019 - Lost 4-2 in Eastern Conference Finals

Position: Small forward, Point forward

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which NBA Star Will Win His First Ring?
Photo: Los Angeles Clippers/Instagram

Playoff results

2011 - Lost 4-1 in first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs
2012 - Lost 4-2 in Eastern Conference Semifinals
2013 - Lost 4-3 in Eastern Conference Finals 
2014 - Lost 4-2 in Eastern Conference Finals
2016 - Lost 4-3 in first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs
2017 - Lost 4-0 in first round of Eastern Conference Playoffs
2018 - Lost 4-2 in first round of Western Conference Playoffs
2019 - Lost 4-1 in first round of Western Conference Playoffs

Position: Shooting guard, Small forward

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which NBA Star Will Win His First Ring?
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Playoff results

2014 - Lost 4-1 in Western Conference Semifinals
2015 - Lost 4-1 in first round of Western Conference Playoffs
2016 - Lost 4-1 in Western Conference Semifinals
2017 - Lost 4-0 in first round of Western Conference Playoffs
2018 - Lost 4-0 in first round of Western Conference Playoffs
2019 - Lost 4-0 Western Conference Finals

Position: Point guard

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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