Top Five NBA Players That May Never Win a Title

John LewisSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2008

LeBron James

L.J. is without a doubt one of the greatest players to ever lace up the high-tops.  He's a manchild, and from the age of 19 he was already one of the game's best.  With points-per-game averages of 21, 27, 31, 27, and 30 he's been a force each season. 

But as long as he's in Cleveland, I don't see him bringing home the title anytime soon.

James did put the team on his back and was four games away from an NBA title, but it certainly was a surprise to see them there.  There's always the possibility of him signing somewhere else and may win a title—but until that time he's just a great player with no ring.


Allen Iverson

A.I. has always been one of the top players in the league, and did come close to claiming a title—but the Lakers put an end to that dream.  Iverson has put up some serious numbers throughout his career, with a points-per-game average of almost 28, nine All-Star game appearances and an MVP award.

He certainly has the talent in Denver—but again, I don't see the city celebrating anytime in the near future.  At six feet, he could lay claim to the best NBA player ever under 6'1" with his heroics on the court.


Gilbert Arenas

Agent Zero has been one of the top players in the league for the past six seasons. and has certainly proven his ability to make big shots.  That's the good news—the bad news for Arenas is that he's stuck in Washington for six more years.

Sorry Arenas, I don't see Washington bringing home a title and walking with the President.  The Wizards were a playoff team last season, and with a healthy Arenas could build on that.  In my mind they are still a top acquisition away from being a top-tier team in the league.


Vince Carter

In 10 years, the high-flying Carter has wowed crowds with his amazing leaping ability.  However, jumping out of the building doesn't win NBA titles—and Carter has been viewed as a selfish player that puts himself over the team.

When he's in it, no one can stop him—but if he's occupied with something else, he's no good to his teammates.  All that aside, he's averaged nearly 24 points per game and has a good all-around game.  But I don't see Carter and New Jersey cutting down the nets in the near term.


Tracy McGrady

One of the more gifted players ever to grace the hardwood, but can't seem to get out of the first round of the playoffs.  McGrady is still in hot pursuit of his first title and has put up the kind of points you would expect from a team's best player.

But in crunch time McGrady is nowhere to be found—and is often the one criticized for not getting his team to the other side.  Maybe with the addition of Ron Artest, McGrady can finally get out of the first round of the playoffs.