6 Veteran Players We Would Love to See Get a Ring
There are plenty of great players in the NBA that haven't won a title. While some have had countless injuries derailing their path to the big stage, others have simply been stuck on less talented teams. Superstars like Durant, Carmelo, Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Kevin Love will have plenty of opportunities in the near future.
For the guys on this list though, this could be their last chance at a championship before they hang up their shoes for good. These are the guys we would love to see get their ring and go out on top.
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Carter's high-flying dunks and silky jumpers were all the rage 10 years ago. As his body aged, his game suffered. Without his athleticism, Carter became just another player over the past several seasons.
He has bounced around, and seems to have found a home in Dallas. He will likely play a bigger role in this year's team with the departure of Jason Terry, but the window is nearly closed with one or two seasons left in him.
Arguably the best player in the NBA without a ring, Nash finally decided to leave Phoenix and pursue one. It's still hard to imagine he will be feeding Kobe and Dwight in L.A. this season, but that trio has to be considered the best in the game today.
Nash will be part of an unbelievable starting lineup in Los Angeles with high expectations. Winning a championship in purple and yellow instead of purple and orange might feel a little strange, but it's still something a lot of people would love to see.
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His first-round playoff exits have been well documented, but McGrady carried his teams for many, many years by himself. Not only was he getting hurt, but the guys around him (Hill, Ming) were falling apart too. His individual game was always good, but the expectations of leading a team deep in the postseason never came to fruition.
After spending some time in Atlanta, he's now a free agent looking for work. It would be great to see him finally get to the top of the mountain, even if other guys are pulling him up the rope. Unfortunately, rumors of him landing in Charlotte have begun to swirl. That would guarantee his days of playing in the postseason are done.
Before his ankle injuries, Grant was on the path of being the next Jordan. His days in Detroit were unbelievable, and his recovery even more so. After his move from Orlando to Phoenix, Grant had a resurgence that no one saw coming.
Even at age 40, he can still play, and will likely have a big role in L.A. with a deep Clippers team this season. He is still fresh because of all the time he missed in the middle of his career.
Of all the players on this list, this one might be the sweetest if it becomes a reality.
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Though he has bounced around a few teams over his career, perhaps no player has been more consistent at the power forward position than Brand. His role in Dallas this year will be much different than the one he played in Philadelphia.
Entering his 14th season, Brand will finally not have the weight of the team on his shoulders. His numbers have dipped significantly since 2005, but he still has plenty to offer on the court and could still be fresh for the playoffs.
What a story it would be if Roy were to somehow pull it off. To go from a superstar who had to retire because of his knees, to a comeback that ended with a ring. Unfortunately for Roy, it's not likely to happen in Minnesota.
It will be interesting to see how he progresses through the year, and what his condition is late in the season with the Wolves hunting for a playoff spot. He will obviously have a much different role than he did in Portland, but he will definitely help this team. This would be the most storybook ending of all.