The National Basketball Association has had several different teams win the NBA Finals, 13 of the current teams that are in the league today have not won a NBA Finals, and some have yet to get to the NBA Finals as well. There are teams that have won multiple titles like the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, Warriors, Spurs, etc. and then there are teams that would like to be able to say that they have won at least one. Every NBA champion dresses thirteen NBA players, and have two that are inactive.
We are going to ignore the inactive players, and focus on players that were dressed for the NBA Finals. Some players have been on multiple NBA Championship teams, and then there are some players that have been on only one. Everybody knows the star of every NBA team that won a NBA Finals, but most people don't remember the role players that played/or were dressed and barely played for those NBA Finals winning teams. As long as they were dressed for the NBA Finals, they can be considered one of the worst players to win one/or multiple NBA Championships.
The thought of several names here that have won an NBA Championship before the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, etc is hard to swallow, but they have never carried a franchise like these tier of players have been for quite some time. Unfortunately in today's NBA you need good solid pieces around you aka "Super Teams" in order to contend for an NBA Championship. With that being said here are the top ten worst NBA players who have won multiple championships, and ten worst players to win one.
20 One - Mike James
Mike James was the third string point guard for the 2004 NBA Champions Detroit Pistons. James was a journeyman throughout his long NBA career, by playing with Miami, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, Houston, Toronto, Minnesota, New Orleans (Hornets), Washington, Chicago, and Dallas. The former undrafted point guard from the university of Duquesne, had two solid years in the NBA and that was when he was the point guard for the Toronto Raptors, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In James's career he has played in 595 games while accumulating 9.9 PPG, to go along with 2.2 RPG, and 3.5 APG. James averaged over 20.0 PPG only one time in his career (2005-2006), and never was an all-star. Mike James was a solid role player who bounced around and played for eleven teams during his twelve year career. He never found a home so we will never know if he was as good as he was in Toronto during the 2005-06 season, but other than that he was nothing but a role player who got a ring.
19 Multiple - Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers was the starting point guard for the Miami Heat during their "Big Three Era" where they went to the NBA Finals for four straight seasons, and won two of them. Chalmers is a former second round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, and is more known for a shot he hit in college, than anything that he has done in the NBA. Chalmers was a player who was on the floor, but did not make an impact as the Heat ran their offense through LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.
In Chalmers' career he has played in 580 games while accumulating 9.0 PPG, to go along with 2.5 RPG, and 3.8 APG. He never accomplished anything as an individual and he has never been a great floor general, but he does have two rings.
18 One - Matthew Dellavedova
The former NBA Champion backup point guard with the Cleveland Cavaliers played a quality role in the Cavaliers winning their first title in franchise history, but other than that has not been a great player in this league. When Dellavedova played at St. Mary's he was this versatile point guard who played great defense, and was a good three point shooter. After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, he played for Cleveland's summer league team and was so well liked that Cleveland signed him to a two year deal. Dellavedova is still a good defender, but even though he signed a big 4 year $38 million deal in the 2016 off season he is not worth any of that contract.
In Dellavedova's career he has played in 291 games while accumulating 6.2 PPG, to go along with 1.9 RPG, and 3.7 APG. Even in Milwaukee Dellavedova has found his role to be none other than the backup point guard, which is all that he is in the NBA.
17 Multiple - Udonis Haslem
The Miami Heat have won 3 NBA titles in their franchise history, and Udonis Haslem has been on all three of them. Haslem is a former undrafted player from the University of Florida in the 2002 NBA Draft, and became the starter in the 2004-05 season. He is the Miami Heat all-time rebounding leader, but has never made a huge impact in a single season to be considered nothing better than a three-time champion. Haslem was a starter on the 2006 Championship team, but he did win two of his titles during the "Big Three Era" and he was nothing more than a role player during that time.
In Haslem's career he has played in 830 games while accumulating 7.8 PPG, to go along with 6.9 RPG. Udonis Haslem has played for Miami for his entire 14 year career, and he has been nothing more than a contribution guy, but he can say that he has 3 rings as his argument though.
16 One - Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois was a backup point guard on the Dallas Mavericks for four seasons, and was in uniform during the 2011 NBA Finals where the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat's Big Three in six games. Beaubois was the 25th overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, and was well liked due to his good wingspan. He started every here and there for Dallas, but he ultimately did not last in the NBA for long.
In Beaubois' career he played in 182 games while accumulating 7.1 PPG, to go along with 1.9 RPG, and 2.1 APG. Beaubois is currently playing in the Euro League, and only lasted four seasons in the National Basketball Association. With Beaubois never achieving anything besides being a part of the 2011 NBA Champions, he never had a chance to survive and be a great asset to any team in the NBA.
15 Multiple - Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner has been one role player that has multiple NBA Championships under his belt. The former second round pick out of the University of Florida in the 2003 NBA Draft, has never been nothing more than a good role player in the National Basketball Association. In his 12 year career he started off by playing two years with the Raptors, but then his last 10 seasons were with the San Antonio Spurs.
In Bonner's career he played in 792 games while accumulating 5.8 PPG, to go along with 3.0 RPG. Bonner was the definition of the role player who came in and did what he had to do to help out his team. Bonner never cared about individual achievements, and was a great locker room guy to have, but at the end of the day you can say that he never made an impact on the game, but he does have two rings to shut down any argument that you have.
14 One - JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee was a part of this year's 2017 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors, and was a big time role rebounder coming off the bench for the Warriors. The former 18th overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft, has had some rough times during his NBA career, and has played on five teams in his ten year career, including four teams in the past three seasons. He has been a good big guy to come off the bench, and can play very well in small doses, other than that he has not had anything go his way besides the fact that now he can say he is an NBA Champion.
In McGee's NBA career he has played in 493 games while accumulating 7.8 PPG, to go along with 5.0 RPG. McGee can be a great role player in the league, but with not finding a home over the past three seasons it makes it tough to believe that he will be known as only a part of the 2017 NBA Championship team.
13 Multiple - John Salley
John Salley was a great locker room guy especially during his years with the "Bad Boys" Detroit Pistons. Salley is a former 11th overall selection in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, and never was anything else besides a role player during his time in the National Basketball Association. Salley has won two titles with the Detroit Pistons, one title with the Chicago Bulls, and one with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was part of the Pistons team that made three straight NBA Finals, and four straight Eastern Conference Finals. With him being a part of the Bulls winning the 1996 NBA Finals, he then retired only to come out of retirement to play one season with the Los Angeles Lakers who won their first of three straight.
In Salley's career he has played in 748 games while accumulating 7.0 PPG, to go along with 4.5 RPG. Salley winning four titles with three different teams is an impressive stat, but that was the only impressive individual achievement of his career.
12 One - Shandon Anderson
Shandon Anderson is not a memorable name from the NBA, but the former second round pick in the 1996 NBA Draft had two good solid years where he was a starter, other than that he was nothing more than a role player. Anderson came off the bench for the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat, did not really make a huge impact. He was dressed during the NBA Finals, but he was not a factor on the game in the slightest bit.
In Anderson's career he played in 719 games while accumulating 7.4 PPG, to go along with 3.1 RPG. Shandon Anderson played for the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat. Anderson only started during his two year tenure with the Houston Rockets, other than that nobody knows who Shandon Anderson is, and all you need to know is that he was a part of the 2006 NBA Champions, and after he got his ring he retired and was never talked about again.
11 Multiple - Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr has one of the most impressive resumes in NBA history, as a player and a head coach when it comes to how many championships that he has under his belt. Kerr won four straight NBA titles with two teams, and has won five titles as an NBA player in his 15 year career. Kerr won three in a row with the Chicago Bulls (1996-1998), then he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs who won the 1998-99 NBA Championship.
In Kerr's career he played in 910 games while accumulating 6.0 PPG, to go along with 1.2 RPG, and 1.8 APG. Kerr played for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs. He won three titles in a row with the Chicago Bulls, and then two with the San Antonio Spurs. Kerr was part of the Spurs for their first two titles in franchise history, and he retired after the 2003 NBA Championship that he won. Kerr has a great basketball mind, but when it came to playing he was nothing than a guy who was a good three point shooter coming off the bench.
10 One - Jeff Ayres
Jeff Ayres who was former known as Jeff Pendergraph before changing his name in the summer of 2013. The former second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, by the Sacramento Kings, never really got his feet wet really in the NBA. Ayres was a part of the San Antonio Spurs team that won the 2014 NBA Finals. He in the NBA is none other than a role player, and will never be anything else but that. Ayres has played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
In Ayres' career he has played in 237 games while accumulating 2.9 PPG, to go along with 2.7 RPG. He is currently playing overseas in Japan, and Ayres never will come back to the NBA. He can say that he was a part of one championship team, but other than that Jeff Ayres did not have a successful career.
9 Multiple - Devean George
Devean George is one player that can say that they won three straight NBA Titles in his first three seasons. George is a former 23rd overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft, and was a key contributor during his third season. He never was a good individual stat guy, but he did things to help his teammates around him. Devean George played for three teams in his 11 year career, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers who he was a part of every one of the Lakers team that three-peated, then he played for the Dallas Mavericks, and finished his career with the Golden State Warriors.
In George's career he played in 630 games while accumulating 5.6 PPG, to go along with 3.1 RPG. He made contributions on the floor that does not show up on the stat sheet, but he will be known as none other than one of the players that was part of the Lakers who three-peated.
8 One - Tom LaGarde
Tom LaGarde did not last long in the NBA, but he did win a NBA title with the Seattle Super Sonics in the 1978-1979 season. The former 9th overall selection in the 1977 NBA Draft, was none other than a role player during his short NBA career. LaGarde lasted only six seasons in the NBA, and never was a huge factor in the league. He was a part of the Dallas Mavericks first ever team, as he was selected in the 1980 Expansion Draft.
In LaGarde's career he played in 312 games while accumulating 7.6 PPG, to go along with 5.1 RPG. He only started in his career when he played for the Dallas Mavericks during their second year of existence in the NBA. He never made an impact on a game, but he can say that he was a part of a championship team in the NBA.
7 Multiple - Will Perdue
Will Perdue is a four time NBA Champion, and won three straight with the Chicago Bulls, and one with the San Antonio Spurs. The former 11th overall selection in the 1988 NBA Draft, played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and the Portland Trailblazers in his 13 year career. Perdue during his first stint in Chicago was none other than Bill Cartwright's backup, and then one Luc Longley emerged he was no longer needed, and was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for none other than Dennis Rodman, needless to say that Chicago won that trade.
In Perdue's career he played in 792 games while accumulating 4.7 PPG, to go along with 4.9 RPG. Perdue never really made an impact that made him a good individual stat player, but he can say that he has four championship rings when some stars in the NBA today have none.
6 One - Brian Scalabrine
Brian Scalabrine was a part of the NBA Champion Boston Celtics during the 2007-2008 NBA season. The former second round pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, and never had a big time role in the NBA for any team. Scalabrine played for the New Jersey Nets, the Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls. He played 11 years in the NBA and never averaged more than 6.3 PPG in a single season.
In Scalabrine's career he played in 520 games while accumulating 3.1 PPG, to go along with 2.0 RPG. With Scalabrine being a role player in the NBA, and never playing a full 82 games in a single season due to not dressing, he never had a chance it seems like in the NBA. He was a good scorer in college, but his game just did not seem to translate to the NBA.
5 Multiple - Kenny Smith
If you are a fan of "Inside The NBA" on TNT you would know that Kenny Smith is a two-time NBA Champion, and won that with the Houston Rockets. Smith was the starting point guard for both of the championship teams, and was an alright scorer during his NBA career. The former 6th overall selection out of the University of North Carolina, was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1987 NBA Draft. He played for the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and the Denver Nuggets.
In Smith's career he played in 737 games while accumulating 12.8 PPG, to go along with 2.0 RPG, and 5.5 APG. Kenny Smith was a good scorer, but if he did not play with Hakeem Olajuwon, and Clyde Drexler there is no way that Smith would have any NBA Championship rings.
4 One - Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle was a part of the Boston Celtics when they won the NBA Championship in the 1986 NBA Finals. The former third round pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, is a better coach than he was a player. Carlisle played five seasons in the NBA, and only started one game in his entire career. He struggled and never really made a name for himself as a player in the NBA.
In his short playing career Carlisle has played in 188 games while accumulating 2.2 PPG, to go along with 0.8 RPG, and 1.1 APG. Carlisle never played more than 9.9 minutes per game, and played a limited reserve role for the majority of his career. With Rick Carlisle having such a horrible playing career, he can at least say that he won one NBA title as a player.
3 Multiple - James Jones
James Jones is a three point marksman that was a part of all three of LeBron James' championship teams. The former second round pick in the 2003 NBA Draft has played for several teams during his 14 year career. Jones played for the Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, Miami Heat, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. James Jones has been a great bench player in the NBA, but has never been nothing more than a three point shooter.
In Jones' career he has played in 709 games while accumulating 5.2 PPG, to go along with 1.8 RPG as well. James has never been known to be a player that can help lead a team to a championship, but he has been a part of all of LeBron's championship teams. Without LeBron James Jones doesn't win any rings, but he can say at the end of the day that he has three of them.
2 One - Darko Milicic
Darko Milicic won a championship in his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons. The former second overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft, is labeled as one of the biggest busts in NBA history, but he can say that he was a part of a NBA Championship team. Milicic has played for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Boston Celtics.
In Milicic's ten year career he played in 468 games while accumulating 6.0 PPG, to go along with 4.2 RPG as well. Milicic never truly found a home in the NBA, and has not had a great all-around season at all. Darko Milicic will go down as one of the worst players to win a NBA title, but he did appear in the NBA Finals as an 18-year-old and that is the only good thing of his career.
1 Multiple - Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison is the absolute worst player in NBA history with multiple NBA Championship rings. Morrison is a former third overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft, and played for the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Los Angeles Lakers in his short career. Morrison only played three seasons in the NBA, one was missed due to injury, but none the less he won two NBA rings in his three years of actually playing in the league.
In Morrison's career he played in 161 games while accumulating 7.5 PPG, to go along with 2.1 RPG as well. Adam Morrison is one of the biggest busts in NBA history, and is lucky to say that he has two championship rings. Without playing for the Los Angeles Lakers there was no way that Morrison was going to ever win an NBA title, and is lucky that he did not play his entire career with the Charlotte Bobcats.
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