Our world is filled with a variety of different cultures, but no matter where you find yourself, there are certain things that every culture has in common, with one of those things being a love of sports. Whether it is at the amateur or professional level, people all over the world enjoy watching sports, especially if it is a universally played sport like soccer or basketball, because all you really need to play them is a ball and some kind of net or basket. If you live in North America, you are extremely lucky, because basketball happens to be one of the most popular sports on the continent, which is why it is also home to the National Basketball Association.
The NBA has been around since 1946, and since its inception, it has provided audiences with the best basketball players that the world has to offer, and all of those players have two goals in mind: to make a considerable amount of money, and to win championships. As far as the NBA is concerned, only a few franchises have managed to actually win the league's title, as only a handful of teams have gone on to win it more than once. There is no doubt that you need to be a good player to get into the NBA, but there are still some players who were just bad compared to others in the league, and some of those bad players were somehow lucky enough to win more than one championship by piggy-backing off of much better teammates. Here is a list of 15 bad NBA players who managed to win multiple championships.
15 Didier Ilunga-Mbenga
It is incredibly difficult to make it into the NBA, mainly because very few people have the necessary skills, but also because the rosters are so small, which is why there are not a lot of undrafted players running around. There are some exceptions though, like former NBA center Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Mavericks in 2002, and he went on to play in the league for seven years, despite the fact that he was a horrible offensive player. For his career, Mbenga averaged just 1.8 points per game, as well as 1.5 rebounds and 0.2 assists, which is why every team he played for made sure to not play him in a game for more than 8 minutes. The Lakers knew about his offensive deficiencies, but signed him anyway because he was a nice guy who happened to also be pretty big, which worked out quite well for Mbenga, because he was on the bench for the Lakers' back-to-back title wins in 2008 & 2009.
14 Mario Chalmers
This list is obviously going to feature a bunch of players who just happened to be at the right place at the right time, but in Mario Chalmers' case, he is still an active player in the NBA. Chalmers has been in the league since 2008, where he has served as a point guard/shooting guard, and for most of his career, he played for the Miami Heat, and was part of the team that won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. He may have landed the game winning 3-pointer for his college team in the National Championship game, but other than that moment, Chalmers has been pretty forgettable, seeing as he scores an average 9 points and 3.8 assists a game, which, given the position he plays, is quite low for a stater in today's NBA. Luckily for him, though, he played with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, who will all get into the Hall of Fame, and it is thanks to them that he has his two rings.
13 Kurt Rambis
Today's younger NBA fans may only know Kurt Rambis' name because he is currently an assistant coach with the Knicks, a job that he has mainly thanks to winning two titles as an assistant with the Lakers in 2002 and 2009. Prior to becoming a coach, Rambis played in the league for 15 years as a power forward, and most of those years were spent with the Lakers, with whom he managed to win four championships during the mid and late 80s. Based on the number of titles he won, you would think that Rambis would have been an important component for the team, but in truth, he was nothing more than a bench player, who would barely average 5 points a game, with the most noteworthy part of his career being the fact that he was clotheslined by a Celtics player in Game 4 of the 1984 Finals.
12 Scott Williams
While in college, Scott Williams not only had to deal with a serious shoulder injury, but he also lost both his parents as a result of a murder-suicide, circumstances that would usually be too much for a teenager to handle. Williams proved to be a very strong individual though, because despite all that, and going undrafted by a team, he managed to achieve his dream of playing in the NBA when the Chicago Bulls decided to sign him in 1990. As it turns out, Williams was incredibly lucky, because he went on to win three straight championships with the Bulls in his first three years in the league, which is not all that surprising seeing as the team was led by Michael Jordan. He may have played in the NBA for 15 years, but the former power forward had a truly forgettable and injury-plagued career after leaving Chicago in 1994.
11 James Jones
When it comes to the NBA, a bench player can find himself having a pretty long career by jumping from team to team, which is a description that fits small forward James Jones quite well. Jones has been coming off the bench to shoot since coming into the league in 2003, which would be fine if he were able to score more than 5 points a game for his career, and last season, he averaged a dismal 2.8 points every game. In 2008, Jones found himself signing with Miami, a team he played for until 2014, which means that he was their to capitalize on James, Wade, and Bosh winning back-to-back titles. When LeBron returned to Cleveland to partner with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Jones followed, which is how he won his third championship last year.
10 Jud Buechler
Here we have former NBA small forward Jud Buechler, who is yet another Michael Jordan beneficiary, because it was primarily thanks to the best basketball player of all time that he was able to win three straight titles in 1996-97-98. By the time his career was done, Buechler had scored just 2,385 points, which equaled out to roughly 3.3 points per game, and he is also currently in sole possession of a very unique NBA record. Apparently, Buechler is the only player in league history to play in at least 10 seasons while averaging under 13 minutes on the court every year, which goes to show how much teams admired his skills. In truth, Buechler was mainly used to fill out roster spots, but I doubt that he cares that much about his legacy seeing as he has three rings and managed to make millions by mostly filling a seat.
9 Devean George
In the early 2000s, Lakers fans were fortunate enough to see their team win three straight championships, and a big reason for that is because they had legitimate Hall of Famers like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal both in their prime. As a small forward, it meant that Devean George played behind Kobe in a back-up role, but despite being a bench player, he still managed to play at least 20 minutes a game. Too bad he did not have the offensive numbers to show for it though. George was actually a terrible shooter, as he managed to shoot under 40% in seven of his total 11 seasons in the league, which actually made him a rather significant liability on offense. But his lack of production did not stop the Lakers from making him a three-time champion.
8 Luc Longley
Australia has been producing some good basketball players for a few years now, as evidenced by last year's 1st-overall pick Ben Simmons, but he will need to win four titles in order to become the most accomplished Aussie in NBA history. Luc Longley is a former center and lottery pick, and he was also the first Australian-born player to make it to the NBA, and he went on to finish his 10-year career as a three-time champion. According to The Player Efficiency Index, Longley had an 11.8 rating, which is pretty horrible for a starting center, but he essentially just stumbled into the starter's role in 1996, because the Chicago Bulls simply needed someone tall enough to try and win the game's opening tip. He may have stumbled into the role, but that stumble allowed Longley to win a three-peat, thanks to Jordan and the Bulls.
7 Will Perdue
While in college at Vanderbilt, Will Perdue was a highly touted prospect, thanks to his size and his ability to establish himself below the foul line, which is why the Chicago Bulls decided to draft him 11th-overall in 1988. The main reason for Chicago drafting him was because they believed that he could help deal with the Detroit Pistons, who had demolished the Bulls in the playoffs, but the center never quite lived up to expectations as he barely managed to get 5 points and 5 rebounds every game, which for his position are mediocre numbers that justified all his time on the bench. Thanks to the likes of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, he managed to get three straight championship rings from 1991-93, and in 1999, he won his fourth title in San Antonio by playing back-up to one of the best players of all time in Tim Duncan.
6 Stacey King
As you might have guessed by now, the Chicago Bulls of the '90s helped several bad players to win multiple championships, and that trend continues with former NBA center Stacey King. The Bulls had actually drafted King 6th-overall in 1989, with the hope that he would turn into a quality player, but unfortunately for them, he never came close to reaching their expectations, which is why he only played for eight years, all of which were spent as an underwhelming bench player who averaged 6.4 points, 0.9 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game. King may have been a bust, but at least his abysmal offensive numbers did not hinder the Bulls from achieving their first championship three-peat, because not only would he not have three rings, but he probably would not currently be working as the Bulls' TV color commentator either.
5 Randy Brown
Randy Brown came into the NBA in 1991, after the Sacramento Kings drafted him in the 2nd-round, and although he was an offensively challenged bench player for the majority of his career, he managed to play in the league for a good 12 years. Over the course of his career, Brown made it to the playoffs only thrice, but they were the only three that he needed, because each playoff appearance resulted in a championship win, thanks to Jordan's and the Bulls' second three-peat performance. As a player, Brown could not score if his life depended on it, as evidenced by the fact that he averaged about 4.8 points per game for his career, and he apparently did not like to touch the ball either, seeing as he also averaged just 2.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game for his career.
4 John Salley
Since 2001, John Salley has managed to make a small name for himself by appearing in the Bad Boys movies, and for once hosting The Best Damn Sports Show Period, but prior to that, he had an 11-year NBA career. Salley was able to win four championships before retiring from the game for good, titles that were won with three different teams, and in all but one of those wins, he was basically a non-factor. His first two titles came with the Pistons, where he served as a bench player, and during the team's championship win in 1990, he did manage to help the team by over-performing and averaging 9.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in the playoffs. In 1996, he joined the Bulls, and essentially just sat on the bench and watched Jordan win him his 3rd ring, and in 2000, he basically did the same thing when he came out of retirement just in time to join the Lakers, who got him ring number four later that year.
3 Gene Conley
In all of professional sports, you can literally count on one hand the number of people who managed to win the most prestigious championship in two different sports, and Gene Conley is one of those players. When it came to basketball, Conley played as a center in the NBA for 17 years, with his best years coming with the Boston Celtics, where he played alongside the legendary Bill Russell for three seasons, all of which resulted in a championship win. Conley may have been a part of the Celtics legendary dynasty, but he was certainly not a good player, a statement validated by the fact that he had a rating of 10.2 on The Player Efficiency Index, making him 5 points worse than an average-level player. He was much better at baseball though, where as a pitcher, he helped the Milwaukee Braves to win the World Series, making him the only athlete in history to win an MLB and NBA title.
2 Pep Saul
As far as this list goes, Pep Saul is the oldest player to make an appearance, and although he is not in the Hall of Fame, he does deserve to be recognized for his accomplishments as a player, even though he was fairly bad. Saul began his career when the NBA was still basically a baby, and wound up winning a total of four championships, with the first coming in 1951 with the Rochester Royals, who went on to eventually become the Sacramento Kings. His next three titles came with the Lakers while the franchise was still located in Minneapolis, making him a part of the league's first official dynasty, and the main reason for those wins was because the Lakers had George Mikan, who was the Shaq of the '50s. By today's standards, Saul was a terrible offensive player, because throughout his career, his shooting percentage was a ghastly 36%, and he also only managed to get roughly 2.0 assists and 1.6 assists per game.
1 Jim Loscutoff
No matter the sport, there are certain athletes who you can point to and say that they do not deserve the success they achieved, and in basketball, the person who best exemplifies this is former Celtics player Jim Loscutoff. Boston drafted Loscutoff in 1955, and based on his college accomplishments, the team expected great things from him. Although his first two seasons were good, he was absolutely terrible for the rest of his tenure with the team. During the last 7 years of his career, Loscutoff's efficiency rating was 5.9, which is disastrously low, and that was during the regular season. In the postseason, his numbers were actually worse. With a win shares stat of -0.002, it literally means that he helped the opposition more than his own team, but that poor play did not stop the Celtics from winning all those championships in the '60s. In the end, Loscutoff won six championships thanks to a Celtics roster filled with Hall of Famers, but because he was such a bad player, he is still the only player with at least six titles to not be inducted into the Hall.
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