25 Current NBA Players Without a Ring
NBA Championship Trophy
The NBA was founded in 1946. In its 67-year history, there have been 51 championship games with the Boston Celtics walking away with 17 rings, the Los Angeles Lakers close behind with 16 and the Chicago Bulls pulling up the rear with six Larry O’Brian trophies in the case. Over the long and storied history of the league, there have been a lot of good, great and even mediocre players that have captured that elusive world title. Some players, such as Manu Ginobili, Sam Cassell and Glen Davis have been parts of championship ball clubs in their rookie seasons, while other stars of the game such as Wilt Chamberlain, Gary Payton and Michael Jordan had to become battled tested first before they won their first ring.
There have also been great players throughout league history that never tasted championship glory for one reason or another, be it they were the best player on a sub par team for most of their careers (Tim Hardaway and Pete Maravich), or the injury bug depleted their skills and potential for greatness (Brad Daugherty and Yao Ming), or in most cases these players ran up against much more talented teams or players (Sir Charles Barkley, the Mailman, Karl Malone and Elgin Baylor, to name a few).
With the 2103 NBA Playoffs currently in full swing, now is probably the best time to examine the league and look at the most notable players who still don't have a championship ring and not for a lack of trying.
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Great player stuck on a team that seems to be in constant rebuilding mode. With the addition of rookie phenom Damian Lillard to the Portland Trailbrazers, there is hope yet for this very underrated power forward.
The 39-year-old center is considered a dinosaur in sports standards, entering into his 16 years in the league. Camby, a remarkable defender, has only come yet to embrace the Finals as a willing participant.
Once known as Half Man, Half Amazing, Carter's high flying days are behind him and most likely his best change for a championship as well.
Once thought to be a throw-away player in the deal that sent his older brother, Pau Gasol, to the L.A. Lakers, Marc has been forged into a dominate big man with championship ambitions and a low post game to match.
An Atlanta Hawks who's all-star caliber skills haven't necessarily translated to post-season success and depending on how the Hawks are retooled for the upcoming season, Horford could potentially be looking at rebuilding or a deep post-season run.
A bribe's maid but never a bribe. Howard has only one Finals appearance under his belt as a member of the Orlando Magic and none so far as a Laker.
High flyer: check. Athletic as all get out: double-check. Multifaceted and talented: triple-check. Has championship ring ... Iguodala, over his eight-years in the league, hasn't come close.
The former Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year, Jamison best change at the Finals came as teammate of Lebron James on the 2010 Cleveland Cavaliers team that was bounced from the playoffs of the Magic. Now in the twilight of his career, he holds out hope that the Lakers can return to greatness and make it to the Finals.
2001 10th pick of the Boston Celtics, the 6'7” Johnson has bounced around the league with stops in both Phoenix and Atlanta. Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, Johnson properly has his best chance of a Finals appearance with the Brooklyn squad in the next season or two if injury doesn't rob him of his chance first.
AK-47 is danger both inside and outside the three-point line; however, much like many of the other players on this list, he really hasn't made a deep playoff run to even sniff the Larry O'Brian trophy let alone, take photos with for ABC's Finals promotions.
The two-time league MVP has come close with several Western Conference Finals appearances but the Canadian point guard has yet to bring his stellar passing to the Finals.
The Magic's point guard is currently on a squad that finished the season with one of the league's worst records. But a few season ago, it didn't seem all that unlikely that the then Dwight-Howard-lead Orlando team were the team to beat in the Eastern conference with an inside position to win the title.
The Brazilian center, and current Washington Wizard, has tasted some level of post-season success as a Denver Nugget. But a championship ring doesn't appear to be in his future as long as he's on a sub-par basketball team.
Another relic in the league, O'Neal's best change for a championship ring came years ago as a member of the Indiana Pacers. Now facing the undefeated Father Time, the best chance O'Neal has for a ring would be as a spot role player for one of the few elite squads in the league.
The 2005 NBA Rookie of the Year and second pick of the Charlotte Bobcats, Okafor has spent time with the Hornet and currently is a member of the Washington Wizards. The 6'10” center/power forward has championship aspirations but with little aid and assist from teammates Okafor continuously on the outside looking in when it comes to deep-playoff runs.
Over CP3's seven-year career, the point guard has willed several underachieving New Orleans Hornets squads to the playoffs as well as his current L.A. Clippers into a position to seriously compete for an NBA championship.
Z-Bo, Mister 20 and 10, is a throwback low-post presence at the power forward position in an era where many of his peers have gotten away from low-post play. In the new innovative NBA, Randolph's game may be exactly what's needed for he and the Memphis Grizzles to reach and win the NBA Finals.
He's a soon-to-be free agent player that fancies himself as a max contract player. However, over the span of his eight-year career, the versatile forward has yet to make it out of the second round of the playoffs let alone make it to the NBA Finals.
The 38-year-old shooting guard/small forward has been in the league since 1995 having played for eight different teams around the Association with his best chance at the title coming with him as the 6th man for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals against the Heat.
Another Magic player whose on his second tour of duty with Orlando. Turkoglu has appeared to have lost a step. But with his play making ability at running the point forward position with the right team as a role player, Turkoglu might have enough in the tank for on last championship run.
One of the more underrated big men in the league and a rarity of having both a low-post game as well as a jumper. However, the problem throughout his career is the teams he's been on have been playoff-worthy squads but not true championship contenders.
The 3rd pick for the Jazz and three-time all-star point guard has all the necessary tools for playoff and Finals dominance; however, believed conflicts with former head coaches Jerry Sloan and Avery Johnson has given Williams the label of coach-career killer, which at this point so far, explains his lack of championships.