Building the Greatest Team of Retired NBA Stars Who Never Won a Title

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Building the Greatest Team of Retired NBA Stars Who Never Won a Title
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Even on a team loaded with talent, we'd still see a lot of this.

Who would comprise a team of the best retired players to never win a ring?

Read that again: The best team.

Building a team requires more than simply selecting the best player at each position. If it didn't, the best team on paper would win the NBA title every year.

A team must be able to cohesively function as a unit, both offensively and defensively. Hence, in building this team, I have chosen to look at how the players on it complement one another. It only makes sense to have a true distributor at the point on a team loaded with offensive juggernauts.

On defense, it may be more profitable at times to have a defensive stopper clogging the paint than a dominant offensive big man because it wouldn't be optimal to run an inside-out offense when there are dominant perimeter players.

And selfish players who don't pass the ball are almost a definitive "no" (with the bold exception of "The Human Highlight Film," who just can't be left off this squad).

That said, let's look at a team of 12 guys who were not only among the greatest ever to not win a title, but who could cohesively form a great team.

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