Despite all the glory of being a superstar, making numerous All-Star appearances, winning league awards, etc. none of it compares to having a championship ring in the NBA.
Bill Russell has 11 championship rings and is known as the best center every to play basketball and arguably the best player ever as well.
You have NBA players that are legitimate superstars and future hall of fame inductees who do not have any rings. Unfortunately that is what they are known for and what comes up every discussion.
Finally, you have the players that landed on the perfect NBA team at the perfect moment in time for them to ride the bench or barely contribute, yet still win a championship.
This list is dedicated to the NBA players who piggybacked to a ring behind the stars on their respective teams. Not everyone on the list was completely useless. Some were starters, but did not contribute nearly as much as the main players on their respective teams.
The one thing they all have in common is a piggbacked championship ring at some point in their NBA careers. We could not fit everyone on the list and would love for you to comment below with your thoughts or anyone we missed that you think should have made the cut.
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14 Scot Pollard
If this were the top 15 ugly NBA players Pollard might be a little farther down the list.
However, he made this list because of the ride he took with the Boston Celtics straight to an NBA Championship without even stepping onto the court. To make it even better he decided to retire after the championship season so he could go out on top.
He had a pretty cool nickname, "Samurai Scot" but he never lived up to the hype and his career stats can attest to that statement.
13 Jack Haley
Jack Haley was fortunate that he was able to be a part of the incredible Chicago Bulls run to the championship in 1995-96 NBA season. The Bulls won an astounding 72 games that season with Haley playing in just one game. (Although he did make a slight impact in that game).
There is a rumor going around that he was allegedly on the team mainly to babysit Dennis Rodman and make sure Rodman did not get in trouble and would be able to play.
12 Brian Cardinal
Cardinal actually played decently in the Finals when he got his ring with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 although he played sparingly. Based on his career stats, it seems he was never really a stand out player, but had a couple seasons where he received more than 20 minutes per game. He put up 9 ppg and 4 rpg both seasons.
In his two seasons with the Mavericks he averaged around 8 minutes per game and put up a measly 1.5 ppg and 1rpg average for both seasons. That is how he piggybacked to his ring and that is why he made the cut.
11 Brian Scalabrine
Scalabrine was a member of the 2008 Boston Celtics with Scot Pollard and played just as much as him in the playoffs that season.....oh wait, neither of them got on the court that postseason.
Anyhow, you can see how Scalabrine piggybacked his way to a championship ring with the Boston Celtics and why he had to be on the list.
Did I mention he allegedly has the nickname "white mamba" for some reason? I think my next list will be about NBA players with the worst nicknames...
10 Eddy Curry
Although Eddy Curry had a better career than half of the guys on this list, the year he won the championship with the Miami Heat his role was less than insignificant. During the 2012 season with the Heat, Curry posted a whopping 2 points per game and was literally a non-factor for the team all season.
The New York Knick faithful have a hard time dealing with Curry winning a championship after they wasted so much to acquire him in the 2006 season and lost a draft pick that could have landed them LaMarcus Aldridge. He had one good season for them averaging nearly 20 ppg and 7 rpg, but completely fell off after that. Ouch! Sorry Knicks fans...
9 Mark Madsen
Madsen somehow managed to play for nine seasons in the NBA and win two consecutive championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001 and 2002. He rarely played for the Lakers and was more of a comedian/locker room guy his entire career.
Most of us forget he won a couple championships with the Lakers, but we all remember his hilarious dancing on and off the basketball court. Although that is not something most NBA players would like to be known for, it is at least pretty funny.
8 Ray Allen
Yes I know Ray Allen played big minutes and had an impact in the seasons that he won championships with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
However, he is the exact definition of piggybacking their way to ring because he jumped from team to team that had the best chance to win the ring. It started with the big 3 in Boston and he did it again with the big 3 in Miami.
I certainly don't blame him and think he made the right choice in both cases, but he had to make the list and is by far the best player on this list as well.
7 Luke Walton
Luke Walton was very lucky to be drafted by the Lakers and play for them through a couple championship seasons even though he was basically a bench warmer/player his entire career. He started for a full season once in his career and it was not a year the Lakers won the Finals.
He earned his spot in the NBA, but the influence to be drafted by the up and coming Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol may have come from his father, NBA great Bill Walton.
6 Udonis Haslem
Haslem was able to win a championship earlier in his career with the Miami Heat in 2006 when they beat the Mavericks in the Finals. At the time the Heat had current star Dwyane Wade and former star Shaquille O'Neal to help, but he made a solid contribution to the team and made an impact with his defense.
However, the next couple of rings he collected with the Miami Heat when they had the trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade he virtually was non-existent and just went along the ride.
5 Devean George
Devean George was lucky enough to be on the Los Angeles Lakers during their dynasty when they won three straight NBA Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. That team had the superstar duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaq. They were a dominant force.
George could shoot the 3 ball and would play a tiny bit of defense from time to time, but was a bench player throughout all three championships and his career. (He was not the only player to sneak a few rings from the Lakers during that time).
4 Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw had a very similar career to Devean George except they played different positions. They were both part of the Lakers Dynasty and earned three Finals rings thanks to Kobe and Shaq.
The difference was that Shaw had been playing for years and was coming to the end of his career by the time he landed on the Lakers in 1999 right in time for their dynasty.
He retired afterwards and barely made a contribution during the dynasty years with the Lakers.
3 Rick Fox
Surprise! Another player from the Lakers dynasty. Who would have thought?
Fox had a more significant role than the previous two Lakers on the list and he was pretty fun to watch because he was mainly put in games to play hard-nose defense and pick up fouls that would frustrate the opposing team's best player.
The strategy seemed to work, especially during the dynasty years. Fox was the starter for the Lakers two of the three championship years and contributed with a decent stat line. Without Kobe and Shaq he would have no rings though.
2 John Salley
Salley did a great job deciding which teams to play for during his career because he won four NBA Championships with three different teams. Salley was part of two championship teams with the Pistons, one with the Bulls and one with the Lakers.
If he would have stayed in the league two more years he would have two more rings with the Lakers.
He had a pretty mediocre career, but was in the right places at the right times and piggybacked his way to four rings that could have easily been six.
2. Derek Fisher
Fisher is a solid player and was the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers for most of his career and won five NBA Championships with them.
He was great for the triangle offense run by the Lakers which allowed Kobe and Shaq, then later Kobe and Pau to score and win the games.
The difference? Fisher was smart and made sure he came back to the Lakers right in time to win two more championships with them before moving on to try again with the Thunder.
Because of his high basketball IQ, he is now coaching the Knicks and hoping to be a big part of their resurgence to where they should be in the NBA.
1 Robert Horry
Oh Robert Horry, the people you have upset with you random heroics in the playoffs right at the time it matters......
Horry somehow managed to land with elite company and ended up with more championships that Kobe, Shaq, Fisher, Duncan, Parker, and everyone else on the teams he won the Finals with.
Horry won two championships with the Houston Rockets, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and two more with the San Antonio Spurs during his career.
Although never a star player or major contributor on any of the championship teams, Horry somehow made at least one enormous shot during each post season that his teams made the finals.
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