Every NBA player dreams about lifting up the Larry O’Brien Trophy at least once in his career.
Sure, the million-dollar endorsement deals, fancy cars and larger-than-life mansions are great. But over time, all of those things fade into obscurity.
Being named “NBA Champion” is an honor that lasts forever.
Unfortunately, several of the league’s all-time greats have never been able to reap the benefits that come along from winning the NBA’s most-coveted prize. The list includes Hall-of-Famers Elgin Baylor, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing and Dominique Wilkins among others.
It just goes to show you how difficult winning an NBA title really is.
This season, several of the league’s current stars come in wondering if this will be the year. Some will get close while others may never get a whiff.
One thing’s for sure though: Some players have a much easier road to glory than others.
(Author’s note: The players are given a total rating based on their ratings in four different categories. Each player's past performance in the league will be considered in these ratings in relation to how it affects their chances of winning an NBA title before their career is over. Also, players with less than five years in the league or with an appearance in the NBA Finals within the last three years are excluded from this list.)