Winning a championship has as much to do with luck as it does greatness. Everything has to go your way.
Even the best of the best need to find themselves on the right team in the right place at the right time. And even then, sometimes it doesn't work out.
Someone gets hurt, or a ball takes a bad bounce, or an opponent hits an impossible shot. So much of winning it all is out of an individual's hands.
That's why you see so many players deserving of 'ships who don't sport any diamonds from the NBA's jewelry store.
Just because a guy hasn't won a ring, it doesn't mean his time as a pro is a letdown or a failure. We have to look at each individual career within the context of when and how it happened. Now, let's take a look at some of the best NBA players ever who never won a ring.
If you are active, you don't qualify. That means you won't be seeing Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant or Chris Paul on here. Those guys still have a chance. Even Steve Nash won't make his way onto the rankings of top guys without rings.
For these 15 retired players, failing to get a ring was merely an asterisk on an otherwise tremendous career. Here's how they rank, from worst to best.