Unsung Glory: the Best NBA Players Never to Win a Championship

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For every era dominating Jordan, there exists a bevy of Malones, Millers, and Barkleys that never quite managed to break through. These players were innovators, perfectionists, and BEASTS. Their only down fall may have been never playing for the ’96 Bulls or the ’83 Sixers. But they deserve a little bit of your love and respect, as well as a spot on our list of the top 5 players never to win a championship!
And before anyone goes running their mouth about Dwight Howard or Kevin Durant or (sigh) Jeremy Lin, bear this in mind: we’re strictly dealing with players who have already retired and, therefore, have no future chance of winning a ring as a player. And, barring a phenomenal physical turnaround from Sir Charles, this list looks to remain pretty static.
Unsung Glory: the Best NBA Players Never to Win a Championship
Image Credit: Natursports / Shutterstock.com
For every era dominating Jordan, there exists a bevy of Malones, Millers, and Barkleys that never quite managed to break through. These players were innovators, perfectionists, and BEASTS. Their only down fall may have been never playing for the ’96 Bulls or the ’83 Sixers. But they deserve a little bit of your love and respect, as well as a spot on our list of the top 5 players never to win a championship!
And before anyone goes running their mouth about Dwight Howard or Kevin Durant or (sigh) Jeremy Lin, bear this in mind: we’re strictly dealing with players who have already retired and, therefore, have no future chance of winning a ring as a player. And, barring a phenomenal physical turnaround from Sir Charles, this list looks to remain pretty static.
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Conclusion

Sadly, like all great NBA careers, this list has come to an end. And really, what more could you ask for: shooters, slashers, defenders, all-arounders. Well, maybe an honorary ring or two. It’s been fun scouring Wikipedia to look up the stats and make this list officially flawless. Unfortunately, my time is valuable, unlike yours. So, if you want to dredge up some all-important stat that you think makes a case for your dream player, by all means pass it along. But first, take a long hard look at this list of honorable mentions I’ve gone through the trouble of making space for. After all: Game respects game.


Honorable Mentions

Dominique Wilkins — The Human Highlight Film was also a versatile, powerful scorer, who could put a team on his back.

Reggie Miller — NBA leader in three-pointers made and New York Knicks disappointed. Until Ray Allen surpassed him for the former.

George Gervin — Homeboy invented the finger role. WTF did you invent?

Pete Maravich — John Havlicek’s nomination for best ball-handler in NBA history. Not a bad compliment from a guy who played with Bob Cousy, Jo Jo White, and Dave Bing.


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