Winning an NBA title is really, really difficult. Just ask Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, Karl Malone and John Stockton. Or, for those of you from a slightly older generation, ask George Gervin.
There are certain players that, for one reason or another, just will not win a championship anytime soon. Either they themselves are fatally flawed or their agent led them astray when they signed on to their teams.
Similarly, there are certain teams that, for one reason or another, just will not win a championship anytime soon. Either they're fatally flawed or just have certain imperfections that will block their way in the playoffs.
On the other hand, some players are too good not to win a championship. LeBron silenced all his critics by leading the Miami Heat to a dominating five-game series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals.
Like LeBron, Chris Paul and Kevin Love are both excellent players. After getting a taste of gold this summer in London, they will both be hungry for a championship. While a change of scenery will be required for this, I envision both of them finding greener pastures and a championship on a new team.
Obviously, basketball is a team sport, but the nature of the game is that one great player can take over and exert his will on the opposition. There are only five guys on the court at one time, and truly elite players rise to the occasion in the playoffs. There are no excuses.
All the players on this list have a concrete flaw that will prevent them from ever winning an NBA championship. Either they are already too old, or too injury-prone or just have personal flaws that will doom them and their teams in postseason play.
So with that, I've peered into my crystal ball to give you this list of 10 NBA All-Stars who will never attain a championship.