The 20 Greatest Players in NBA History without a Ring

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The 20 Greatest Players in NBA History without a Ring

We're all familiar with the saying "Close, but no cigar." We're equally familiar with the lasting images of great players celebrating with champagne and cigars after achieving the game's No. 1 goal. The following players were champions in their drive for basketball excellence.

Unfortunately, a certain piece of hardware is missing from their illustrious trophy case of hoop honors. Here's the list of the 20 greatest impact players who couldn't win the big one. Some players are trumped by injury or bad luck.

Some were outmatched by other contending teams. Some never even reached the NBA Finals. Each of these players gave their all to the game and their respective teams. All of the honorees are retired from the Association (so guys like Kidd, Iverson, and Nash don't qualify).

Since it's tough to cut the list down to a mere twenty players, I'll begin with six guys, who could have very well been on the list. These are my honorable mention guys.

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