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Top 20 NBA Stars to Never Win a Championship

It seems like the list of superstars that never won a NBA Championship continues to get longer and longer. One of the reasons for this is because there are only a handful of teams that are capable of winning the NBA Championship every decade. Unlike Major League Baseball, the NBA is far more predictable with its outcomes, which means that there are only a few teams that have the capacity to win a NBA Championship each and every year. This means that there are a plethora of players that will tragically never hold up a Championship trophy.

For example, take a look at some of the modern players that have yet to win a ring or even make a Finals appearance. Kevin Durant is widely regarded as the best player in the league or at the very least, the second best player in the league. Yet, he has only made the Finals once in his entire career and he lost. Chris Paul, who is considered the best point guard in the NBA has never gone past the Western Conference Finals. And former two-time MVP, Steve Nash, has made zero Finals appearances during his twenty seasons in the NBA.

There are a whole host of players that will never win a ring and may never even make it to the Finals. The reason for that is because of three players: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James. Every decade, there are two or three players that seem to hog all of the Championship rings. In the 1980’s it was Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and in the 1990’s it was pretty much all Michael Jordan. The same is true of today.

This leaves a plethora of superstars that have never won, but deserve an honorable mention for their body of work. Below is the top-20 players that have played the game, but have never won a NBA Championship. No active players will be included because they still have a chance at the crown.

18 Walt Bellamy (1961-1975)

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17 Bernard King (1978-1993)

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16 Shawn Kemp (1989-2003)

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15 Alex English (1976-1991)

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14 Dikembe Mutombo (1991-2009)

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13 Pete Maravich (1970-1980)

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12 Chris Webber (1993-2008)

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11 Bob Lanier (1970-1984)

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10 Artis Gilmore (1971-1988)

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9 Reggie Miller (1987-2005)

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8 Dominique Wilkins (1982-1999)

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7 Patrick Ewing (1985-2002)

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6 Allen Iverson (1996-2010)

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5 George Gervin (1972-1986)

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4 John Stockton (1985-2003)

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3 Charles Barkley (1984-2000)

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2 Karl Malone (1985-2004)

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1 Elgin Baylor (1958-1972)

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It is hard to believe that someone could have had a more impressive career than Karl Malone without winning a championship, but Elgin Baylor made it to the NBA Finals eight times during his NBA career, yet his NBA Finals record was 0-8. Over the course of his 14-year NBA career, he averaged 27.4 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game. Yet, even those impressive numbers were not enough to help him win a ring, but you have to admire his perseverance and pursuit of a title. Most players wouldn’t have the fortitude to make it to the Finals after falling that many times.

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