Top 10 Greastest NBA Players Never To Get A Ring
Every player in NBA history came to the league with Two goals: Be the greatest ever, and to win many championship rings. Well it can be debated that Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever and we all know that Bill Russell has the most rings. Well what I want to do is give my PERSONAL TOP TEN of players who didn’t win a ring. I’m ranking the players by career stats, the era they played, number of Finals appearances, plus who I think should have had a ring but for whatever reason didn’t get it.
10. Dominique Wilkins
(1982-1994 Atlanta Hawks, 1994 Los Angeles Clippers, 1994-1995 Boston Celtics, 1996-1997 San Antonio Spurs, 1999 Orlando Magic)
“The Human Highlight Reel” Dominique Wilkins was a good all-around player, even if you only hear about his dunks. Wilkins averaged 24.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists for his career. He was Blake Griffin before Blake Griffin was even born. Unfortunately, he played in a era dominated by the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers for the first half of his career, and the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls at the last half of his career
9. Chris Webber
(1993-1994 Golden State Warriors, 1994-1998 Washington Wizards, 1998-2005 Sacramento Kings, 2005-2007 Philadelphia 76ers, 2007 Detroit Pistons, 2008 Warriors)
Now most people will say “Chris Webber!? Really?” and they make a point. Webber averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds but he came into the league when Power Forward may have been THE premier position so he was greatly underrated. He is placed here for the reason that exiled referee Tom Donaghy admitted that the 2002 Western Conference Finals were fixed so that the Lakers would win. Webber never had another legit chance at a ring, save for an appearance in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals with the Detroit Pistons
8. Pete Maravich
(1970-1974 Atlanta Hawks, 1974-1980 New Orleans/Utah Jazz, 1980 Boston Celtics)
There would be no Steve Nash, Ricky Rubio, Jason Williams, Rajon Rondo, any of those flashy passing type point guards if there was no Pete Maravich. Surprisingly, Maravich only averaged 5.4 assists for his career but he was a prolific scorer. He might not have been the first shoot-first point guard, but not many have been better. Unfortunately for him, he played in an era that had many great (what we now call super) teams and he was never able to reach the upper echelon.
7. Allen Iverson
(1996-2006 Philadelphia 76ers, 2006-2008 Denver Nuggets, 2008-2009 Detroit, 2009 Memphis Grizzlies, 2009-2010 76ers)
Allen Iverson was the best small (6 feet or under) NBA player ever. He had the heart of someone twice his size. In the beginning of his career, he was known for being a loyal, albeit selfish, player. We’re not here to talk about his downfall so I’ll get to why he is on this list. Iverson may have led quite possibly the worst team to ever make it to the NBA Finals. I mean, Iverson was the Pippen to his own Jordan. He was steamrolled by some guys named Kobe and Shaq. Whoever they are…
6. Reggie Miller
(1987-2005 Indiana Pacers)
Reggie Miller was the greatest shooter of his era. He is the man who would pull up on fast breaks and not dunk, but shoot 3pointers. Oh, did I mention he would be the ONLY person on that side of the court. Ultimately, Miller’s loyalty to the Indiana franchise caused him to never win a ring. His one Finals appearances, he was steamrolled by those Kobe and Shaq guys
5. Patrick Ewing
(1985-2000 New York Knicks, 2000-2001 Seattle SuperSonics, 2001-2002 Orlando Magic)
I hate how Patrick Ewing pronounces his name. It sounds like I am in the middle of cracking that Soulja Boy. *waits for it*…………. Anyway, Ewing was a solid Center, averaging 21 points and 9.8 rebounds a year. But Ewing played in the era dominated by Michael Jordan. The only 2 years the Bulls weren’t serious contenders, the Houston Rockets won the title. The New York teams of the mid-90s were so good that I am sure in almost any other era, he would have his ring.
4. John Stockton
(1984-2003 Utah Jazz)
John Stockton wore short shorts. His entire career. A middle-aged white man in short shorts. Passing you balls. Yeah. But there is no denying that John Stockton may be one of the Top 2 greatest point guards in NBA history. But he also has the unfortunate pleasure of playing thru 3 different dynasties (Celtics in the 80s, Bulls in the 90s, Lakers in the 00s) I feel if he had joined the 2003-2004 Lakers instead of Gary Payton, they would have won the title ( But he didn’t, so they didn’t win. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)
3. Elgin Baylor
(1958-1971 Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers)
First off, it saddens me that many NBA fans do not even know who this man is. This man is, in my opinion, the greatest small forward of all time. He averaged FOR A CAREER 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. He was an 11 time all star, 10 time All-NBA first team, plus his name was Elgin. Just smooth. He went to the NBA Finals 8 times, which makes him not having a ring all the more baffling. But in the NBA Finals, he was beat by the Boston Celtics SEVEN TIMES, and once by the New York Knicks
2. Charles Barkley
(1984-1992 Philadelphia 76ers, 1992-1996 Phoenix Suns, 1996-2000 Houston Rockets)
He wasn’t a role model, but Charles Barkley was one hell of a basketball player. He had career averages of 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds. He is another victim of the Michael Jordan dynasty. Charles Barkley made it to the Finals with the Suns before losing to the Bulls and Jordan. Barkley then joined the Houston Rockets, who were coming off of 2 championships in a row. The Rockets then fell victim to the team led by the number 1 player on this list.
And the number one player to have never won a championsip ring is…………..
Okay, I’m joking.
1. Karl Malone
(1985-2003 Utah Jazz, 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers)
Karl Malone is the player, out of EVERYONE who doesn’t have a ring, that should have it. He has career averages of 25 points and 10.1 rebounds. And that is good, but he was a 14 time all star, 2 time MVP, 11 All Nba first team, and many more award. He led his time to the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals when he was bested by Michael Jordan. Twice. Then he joined the Lakers to make it back to the Finals where he was again bested by a better team. Who? The Detroit Pistons. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
So there you have it. Those are the top 10 players to never win a championship ring, in my opinion of course. Thank you. Church, Tabernacle, and Based God be with you. Follow me on Twitter @tryna_be_famous and prosper.