The NBA is full of talented stars who are beloved by millions. And why wouldn't it be, the NBA is the highest stage that basketball players can reach, so it is no surprise the association is bursting at the seams with great players. Getting to the NBA is one thing, but all players strive for that highest achievement, the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Winning an NBA Championship is something only a handful of players get to achieve during their careers in the league. There have been many great basketball players who have been shrugged out of the conversations of being legends, just because they never won a championship.
Sure, winning a championship does show that you know how to win, and win consistently. But not all players are this lucky to be surrounded by talent during their years with the teams they played for. A great example right now is Stephen Curry. Undoubtedly one of the best players of all time, his Warriors team is technically the greatest NBA team in basketball history. He will be remembered as the leader of it, but Steph is so lucky that he is surrounded by incredible players every game. On the other hand, there are a bunch of great players who just can't seem to win throughout their careers. It's not that they can't lead a team, but there are many other factors that contribute to the success of a team. Trades, signings and draft picks are very important in building a championship contender.
Right now in the league, a couple teams have monopolized championship contention. Teams like the Warriors, Spurs and Cavaliers are determined to win the NBA Title. These teams are not the only franchises with star players though. Great NBA careers are spent on losing teams, who have slim chances to win a championship in years to come. As years go by, and ages go up, multiple NBA stars will begin to realize, they will never win an NBA Championship. Obviously nothing is ever certain, and anything could happen in the NBA, so this list may not be perfect. Hopefully some of these players prove me wrong, because I would love to see these guys achieve this goal.
Here are the top 15 current NBA stars who will never win a championship.
15 Carmelo Anthony
Let's start with one of the more obvious choices on this list. Carmelo Anthony has been one of the most dominant scorers since his arrival to the league in the 2003. When he was traded to the big market New York Knicks, it was thought that Carmelo would easily be surrounded with talented players. Sadly for Melo, he has spent year after year on a losing Knicks team, as he tries to will his teams to victory. With the addition of young Kristaps Porzingis, there is some hope for Melo to win his first championship, but realistically, we will never see Carmelo hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
14 Joakim Noah
With Noah's injured season this year, his great career has slipped the minds of many NBA fans. Joakim Noah has a list of impressive awards, such as winning the Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Even with his extensive list of accolades, winning an NBA Championship will not be one of them. He most likely will not be traded from the Bulls. Chicago has some aging stars such as Pau Gasol, Joakim himself and even Derrick Rose. The Bulls didn't even make the playoffs this year, adding to the doubt that they will climb to the top during Noah's career.
13 Marc Gasol
Due to Marc Gasol missing this year's playoffs due to injury, another year passes by with Marc's team being eliminated. On an aging Grizzlies team, the chances Marc and the Grizzlies bringing home a championship look pretty dismal. Unlike his brother Pau Gasol, it looks as though Marc Gasol will never win an NBA championship as long as he stays in Memphis. The Grizzlies just don't have the firepower to match up with teams like the Warriors and Spurs in the coming years.
12 Deron Williams
If you are a new NBA fan, you may not be aware of how much of a star Deron Williams is. With his time on the Jazz, he was an electric guard who could score with ease. Now with the Mavericks, the 31-year-old Williams is on the backend of his successful NBA career. Injuries have plagued Williams recently, as he missed the Mavericks' playoff run this year. Even with his great talent, we won't be seeing Deron Williams named an NBA Champion.
11 Dwight Howard
In the same boat as (spoilers) James Harden, anyone who is on the Rockets seems doomed. Knowing Howard's track record though, he will bounce to another team very quickly, so anything could change with him. Howard used to be one of the most dominant big men in the league while he was with the Magic. He must regret his decision to leave Orlando though, considering he hasn't gone deep into the playoffs since.
10 Paul George
Coming back from his gruesome leg injury, Paul George is looking as good as he ever has. Starting off red hot this season, he did end up cooling down to a mediocre level to his standards. On a stagnant Pacers team who continues to teeter around playoff contention, they are not getting good draft picks nor are they really actually contending for a championship. "PG13" is a great NBA player no doubt, but does he have the talent to lead the Pacers to a championship...not so much.
9 Zach Randolph
At 34 years old, Zach Randolph's career is coming to an end. An incredible post player who can score well down low, we are not questioning Zach's offensive ability. The question is whether he will ever win a championship, and the answer doesn't look good. Zach Randolph was the only star on the injured Grizzlies team who played in the playoffs this year. It was admirable to see him battle almost by himself against an overpowering Spurs team. The Grizzlies may need an overhaul soon so they can contend for the title, and Zach Randolph most likely will not be a part of those plans.
8 Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young is one of the players that most NBA fans wouldn't recognize walking down the street; but they should. Thad Young has one of the best motors in the NBA as he brings down rebound after rebound, and even scores nicely down low. Thaddeus Young has been plagued with being on bad teams though. He has played for Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Minnesota. All of these teams are in a rebuilding stage, so Thaddeus is always stuck on some very bad teams. If something doesn't change soon for Thaddeus in Brooklyn, I can't seem him winning any championships.
7 Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic was brought into the Heat organization just a few years too late. With LeBron James' departure from Miami, it was easy to see the Heat would not be winning anymore championships in the Dwyane Wade era. The Heat are a very solid team, but would they ever beat a team like the Spurs of the Warriors in a seven game series? We're not even mentioning the Cavs in the East. Goran Dragic was a great player in Phoenix and still is very productive with the Heat, but Dragic will most likely never come out on top of the NBA.
6 Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez is one of the most underrated NBA players in the league right now. If he was on a better team, he would definitely be more widely known. Sadly, he isn't and his talents are being wasted on the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are obviously in a rebuilding phase right now. They don't have a true young star to build around yet either, so it may be a few... okay more like five to 10 years before the Nets will have a championship contending team. This will be a problem for the 28-year-old, because I don't think he will be playing when the Nets finally turn it around.
5 Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson's stats have been decreasing significantly the past couple years, but he is still one of the best big men in the league. Despite his efforts, he has never been lucky enough to be on a team that has gone deep into the playoffs. At 31 years of age, his time of retirement is coming, and Charlotte is not ready to compete for the title right now. Jefferson will be well out of the loop when it comes time for the Hornets to win.
4 Chandler Parsons
Even though the Mavericks have some great talent, they may have only a year or two more of playoff contention left in them. Chandler Parsons' career has been riddled with injuries, and he may not be the same player we have seen glimpses of throughout his career. Dirk Nowitski's retirement is coming soon, and with it goes the hopes of the Mavericks winning anything in this league. Unless he is traded or signs somewhere else, Chandler Parsons will be stuck on a rebuilding Dallas squad.
3 DeMarcus Cousins
One of the best big men in the league, DeMarcus Cousins is a man among boys. Even though he is so dominant in the paint (and even developing a three point shot), Cousins has never sniffed the playoffs. On a struggling Kings team, Cousins' talents are being wasted year after year. He does share some of the blame for this though. Time and time again we see him clash with teammates and coaches, adding to the lack of chemistry Sacramento displays.
2 Chris Paul
With Chris Paul fracturing his hand against the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs, the hopes for a Clippers championship this year have been shattered. Chris Paul is one of the best point guards in the NBA, and he is surrounded with some great players in Los Angeles. But do we really ever see them beating the Warriors or the Spurs any time soon? No. It's a shame for "CP3", who has been one of the greatest guards the NBA has ever seen, because at 30 years old, the clock is ticking for Chris Paul to pull off the improbable.
1 James Harden
Even though he is a superstar in this league, Harden can't seem to lead his teams to the promised land. On a Rockets team that can't seem to string together many wins at a time, Harden is stuck in a sticky situation. Unless something changes fast for Harden, he will want to leave Houston as soon as possible, to a team more suited for his game. If things stay the way they are, we will continue to see Harden dominate...while losing.