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Top 15 NBA Superstars Michael Jordan Prevented From Winning a Championship

Regarded as the greatest NBA player of all time, Michael Jordan climbed his way to the top of the sporting world by stepping over many great obstacles. Winning six championships will lead to having quite the hit list of great teams and players one has defeated and the case is stronger for Jordan than any other athlete. For most of the 90s, Jordan had a stranglehold on the NBA Championship and it led to an abundance of superb talent being left out in the cold without a ring. Hall of Famers, All Stars or team leaders, they were all stopped short by one man’s quest for excellence.

The Chicago Bulls were arguably the most fascinating dynasty in sports history with two separate three-peat championship runs, book-ending Jordan’s short lived baseball career. First was the 1991-1993 three-peat that saw Jordan finally get past the Detroit Pistons to get his first taste of being on the throne as king of basketball. Chicago would defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns in three consecutive Finals to start their dominant run as NBA royalty before Jordan retired to try his hand at baseball, another athletic passion.

Baseball obviously didn’t work out and Jordan returned to the Bulls in 1995 towards the latter half of the season. The lack of on-court time showed as Chicago suffered Jordan’s final playoff elimination of his career to the Orlando Magic. Following that loss, the Bulls would start their second dynasty and it was even more dominant. Chicago set the NBA milestone for the best record in a single season at 72-10 in 1996. From ’96-’98, the Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz twice to secure their second three-peat. The 15 best players unable to win a championship because of Michael Jordan will be highlighted as being stranded in the shadow of history.

15 Sam Perkins

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14 John Starks

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13 Detlef Schrempf

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12 Brad Daugherty

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11 Kevin Johnson

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10 Shawn Kemp

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9 Tim Hardaway

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8 Dikembe Mutombo

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7 Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway

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6 Chris Mullin

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5 Reggie Miller

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4 Patrick Ewing

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3 John Stockton

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2 Charles Barkley

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1 Karl Malone

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Rightfully celebrated for having one of the best careers in the history of the NBA, Karl Malone was a 14 time all-star, a two-time MVP and is second overall on the all-time NBA scoring list. Not among those accomplishments is a NBA Championship and it's because of Michael Jordan. During both of the Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls Finals meetings, Malone came close to getting his ring but never succeeded. The first game, Game 1 of the 1997 Finals, ended with Malone missing free throws and Jordan hitting a buzzer beater to win. The final game, Game 6 of the 1998 Finals, ended with Jordan hitting “the shot” to secure his six championship and preventing Malone’s best chance at one.

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