Top 10 NBA Players to Never Win an NBA Title

There have been many players to play in the NBA. There are a handful of players to never win an NBA championship. He is my list for the top 10 NBA players of all time to never win an NBA championship.

  1. Karl Malone– The Mailman is second all time on the NBA scoring list, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was part of one of the best coach/player trios of all time. It was him, John Stockton, and Jerry Sloan. All three are Hall of Famer’s, but they are all missing one thing: a NBA Title. Malone and Stockton are considered, by some, to be the best duo to never win a championship, and I agree. They made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, but were upended by, maybe the greatest coach/player trio in the history of the NBA. They were the Chicago Bulls, and the trio was, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, and some guy who was pretty good at putting a ball through a hoop, Michael Jordan. Malone joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003, alongside Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Jackson. The Lakers lost to the Detroit Pistons, denying Malone and Payton for that matter, a championship. He averaged 25 points per game and 10.1 rebounds a game.
  2. Charles Barkley– To me, Sir Charles is the second best NBA player to never win a championship. I could make an argument for number one, but that honor is all Malone’s.  He was an undersized power forward, but still managed to be a beast on the boards. He was a MVP in 1993, leading his Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals, only to lose to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 6 games. He was an 11-time NBA All-Star, a 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist, and was voted as one of the NBA’s Top 50 players of all time. He was relentless down low and did not back down from anyone. He ran his mouth and backed it up. He averaged 22.1 points per game, and 11.7 rebounds per game.
  3. John Stockton– John Stockton is the greatest point guard to never have won an NBA championship. He and Karl Malone dominated the game for years for the Utah Jazz. Karl Malone could not have scored without great, or even simple, passes from Stockton. Assists were Stockton’s specialty, as he is the NBA’s all-time leading assist man with 15,806. Stockton could score the ball as well, especially from the free throw line. He shot 82% from the charity stripe. He was also known for hitting clutch three pointers. Stockton also leads the NBA all time in steals with 3,265. He was a 10-time all-star, an Olympic gold medalist (twice), and voted a top 50 NBA player of all time.
  4. Elgin Baylor– He led the Los Angeles Lakers to 8 NBA Finals and could never obtain the championship.  In 1958, when he was a rookie, he led them to the finals only to lose to the Boston Celtics. The numbers he put up in his career were insane. From 1960-1963 he averaged 34.8, 38.3, and 34.0 points per game, including a 71-point performance against the New York Knicks in 1961, he also pulled down 25 rebounds. He put up 61 points in game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals. He finished his career with a 27.4 point per game average. He was also voted a top 50 NBA player of all time.
  5. Allen Iverson– The Answer comes in at number 5 on my list. From the time he came into the league he was a star. Picked number 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was supposed to be their franchise player that would turn them around, and he did just that. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1996 and had some pretty memorable moments. One of the biggest accomplishments he had during his rookie year was crossing over Michael Jordan. His career playoff numbers are of the charts. He averaged 29.7 points per game during the playoffs, and only Jordan himself has a higher career playoff average. He made only one NBA Finals appearance, but his 76ers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games. Iverson scored 48 points and that led the 76ers to steal game one from the Lakers, after the Lakers were previously unbeaten in those playoffs. He put up 23, 35, 35, and 37 respectively in the next 4 games of the finals. He was an 11-time all-star, and a two time NBA MVP (2001, 2005). He ranks 6th all time in points per game at 26.7, and he did all this at just 6-feet tall.
  6. Reggie Miller– Miller is considered one of the two best 3-point shooters in NBA history. Ray Allen passed him for 3-point makes last season, but that doesn’t take anything away from his Hall of Fame career. He made 2,560 career 3-point field goals. Miller had many memorable games, but his most memorable game, in my opinion, was when he scored 8 points in 8.9 seconds to defeat the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He and Spike Lee would have verbal battles throughout the game. Miller made it to just one NBA Finals, but his Indiana Pacers were no match for the Los Angeles Lakers. Miller might be the best 3-point shooter in the history of the game without a championship.
  7. Patrick Ewing– In the 1990’s, when you heard the New York Knicks, you instantly thought of the big man from Georgetown University. His numbers are ridiculously good. He shot 50% from the field for his career, scoring 24,815 points, to go along with 11,607 rebounds, 2,215 assists, and 2,894 blocks. Those numbers are good. In 1999, Ewing became just the 10th player in NBA history to record 22,000 points and 11,000 rebounds. He made two finals appearances, but came up shit both times. In his first go around in the finals, him and the Knicks lost to the Hakeem Olajuwan led Houston Rockets. He did not return to the finals until 1999, where the Knicks fell to the San Antonio Spurs, who were led by David Robinson and Tim Duncan, two of the NBA’s greatest players.
  8. Pete Maravich– “Pistol” Pete might be the best college player of all time, but that didn’t translate to and NBA championship. He averaged 40 points per game (with no 3 point line) at LSU and is still the NCAA all-time leading scorer. In his 10 year NBA career year, Maravich averaged 24.2 points per game. He made one last run at an NBA title with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics, but to no avail. His career was riddled with injuries, which is a large part in why he only played 10 seasons.
  9. Dominique Wilkins– The Human Highlight Reel was one of the best dunkers of all time. He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1985 and 1990, and took Michael Jordan to the limit in 1988, which is regarded as the best dunk contest of all time. He averaged 24.8 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. He scored 26,688 career points, which puts him 10th on the all time list. He never made it to the NBA Finals in his illustrious career.
  10. Chris Webber– Webber is one of only 6 players in NBA history to average 20+ points, 9+ rebounds, and 4+ assists per game. The 5 players that Webber joins on that list? Larry Bird, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlin, Billy Cunningham and Kevin Garnett. That is a pretty good list to be on. He has his best season in the 2000-2001 season averaging 27 and 11. He was the leader of the Sacramento Kings during their playoff runs. If it wasn’t for Robert Horry’s game winning three pointer, Webber might have himself a ring. He will be forever known as part of the Fab 5, who were paid over $200,000 illegally to play basketball at the University of Michigan. He will also forever be remembered for calling a timeout, when his team had none remaining, resulting in a technical foul, in the NCAA Championship game against North Carolina in 1993.

About eddiemcdonald15
I am a junior at Clarion University and I love sports. I write for the school paper the Clarion Call. I am an analyst on 91.7 WCUC The Clutch as well as CU-TV the Nest. I am also a featured blogger on You can follow me on Twitter @KingEdward15

2 Responses to Top 10 NBA Players to Never Win an NBA Title

  1. Jim says:

    Good work but i think Dominique should be higher on the list. Maybe slide Ewing down.

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