Every year in the NBA, one team walks away the winners of the Larry O'Brien Trophy. No matter what happens throughout the season, only one team gets to hoist the trophy. Throughout the history of the NBA, there have been some incredible players to win an NBA Championship. From Jordan to Bird to LeBron, there is no shortage of talented players who have won a ring. However, there is an argument in sports that every player on that team deserves to have that beloved championship ring. Although this may be true, there is a select group of players that almost hindered their team's chances of winning before helping them.
Knowing this, we went back and scoured the rosters of the last 12 NBA Championship teams. In doing so, we were able to compile a list of the 15 worst players to win in an NBA Championship in the past 12 years. To make things clear, we take nothing away from these players, but are just merely stating that what they have done in their career was not worthy of winning a championship. With all of that being said, let's take a look at the criteria we used to make my list.
For starters, the draft position of each candidate proved to be a huge factor because someone who struggled but was the last pick of the second round is not as bad as someone struggling as a former first round pick. Along with that, salary is another component of the list, as players with huge salaries that robbed teams then under-performed are a perfect fit for this line-up. However, the main factors that landed players on this infamous list are: points per game, playoff games played, years in the NBA, and their performance the year their team won the championship. Now that we have that out of the way, here are the top 15 worst players to win an NBA Championship in recent memory:
15 Andrew Bynum, C, Los Angeles Lakers
14 Andrew Bogut, C, Golden State Warriors
13 Mario Chalmers, PG, Miami Heat
12 Brandon Rush, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors
11 Jordan Farmar, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
10 P.J. Brown, PF/C, Boston Celtics
9 Brian Cardinal, PF, Dallas Mavericks
8 Shannon Brown, SG, Los Angeles Lakers
7 Joel Anthony, PF/C, Miami Heat
6 Shandon Anderson, SF, Miami Heat
5 Tony Massenburg, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
4 Ronny Turiaf, PF/C, Miami Heat
3 Jacque Vaughn, G, San Antonio Spurs
2 Sasha Vujacic, G, Los Angeles Lakers
1 Darko Milicic, C, Detroit Pistons
Darko Milicic is a name that when said aloud in Detroit makes all Pistons' fans cringe. Milicic's career was underwhelming for any NBA player, let alone for the former number two overall pick. On top of that, Milicic was taken second in the 2003 NBA Draft, before the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Unfortunately, there is no way to ever live that down. During his NBA career, he averaged 6 points a game and never amounted to anything worthy of the second overall pick. On the bright side, he was able to come away with a Championship ring when the Pistons walked away victorious in 2004. Although he walked away with a ring, he did not bring much to the table, as he averaged 0.1 points per game in 8 playoff games that year.
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