Top 10 Retired NBA Players Without a Championship Ring
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When looking at the current Top 10 lists of players without an NBA Championship, there are many guys who are still playing today. LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd are three guys who are looking to remove themselves from this list, with a win in this year's NBA Finals.
Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett were able to take their names off of this list when they won their championship with the Boston Celtics. I would imagine that LeBron James will eventually get a championship or two, or three, or four, with their super team down in Miami. It appears, though, that this might be the last chance for Dirk and Kidd, two sure-fire Hall of Famers.
Since this list will be changing once the Finals conclude this month, I have decided to leave current NBA players off of this list. Not only does that include the three previously mentioned players in this year's Finals, but also guys like Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, etc.
Obviously this list is subjective, but don't be concerned with the order. If you think another player is worth cracking the Top 10, you have to take someone else out.
Gervin was a four-time NBA scoring champion, 12-time All-Star, the 1980 MVP and is on the 50 Greatest Players of All Time list. While he never made it to a championship, he was easily one of the best players during the decade. He never really got any help, shouldering most of the load night in and night out.
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Barkley was an 11-time All-Star and the 1993 MVP. He is also on the NBA's list of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time. Unfortunately, his only chance at a championship came against MJ and the Bulls. While his later years were more entertaining and controversial, he was truly a great player in so many ways.
The "Pistol" was a five-time All-Star, two-time member of the All-NBA team, and a current member of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time. In college he averaged 44 points per game over three years without the three-point line. Maravich truly opened up the game of basketball in the '70s and was a true sensation to watch with the ball.
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Malone is a two-time MVP, 13-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA first team member, three-time All-NBA defensive first-team member, two-time Gold Medal winner and a member of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time. Obviously the only thing missing is an NBA Championship, but his Jazz teams did make it to the NBA Finals twice, losing to Air Jordan. He also made it back as a member of the Lakers, but once again came up just short.
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Stockton is a 10-time All-Star, two-time member of the All-NBA first team and winner of two Gold Medals. He helped lead the Jazz to the playoffs in 18 straight years. The Jazz lost three times in the Western Conference Finals and lost back-to-back NBA Finals to Jordan's Bulls. Stockton is still the NBA's all-time assist leader, with around 4,200 more than second place Jason Kidd.
Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. He was an 11-time All-Star, won the Rookie of the Year, the 2001 MVP and four scoring titles. Iverson single-handedly took the 2001 76ers to the NBA Finals where they fell to Kobe and Shaq's Lakers. Iverson revolutionized the game and was one of the most deadly offensive weapons the league has ever seen.
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Reggie spent his entire 18-year career in Indiana, where he took the 2000 team to its first and only NBA Finals appearance. They eventually lost to Kobe and Shaq's Lakers. It seemed like every year came down to facing either Jordan's Bulls or Ewing's Knicks.
Arguably one of the greatest shooters to every play the game, Reggie was also one of the most clutch players the NBA has ever seen.
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Ewing was an 11-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year, two-time Gold Medalist and has a spot in the 50 Greatest Players of All Time. His Knicks made it to the finals in 1994 and 1999, but came up short. The positive spin on that, though, is that the Knicks were always a threat to make it there. The problem they had was getting past Jordan and the Bulls, or Reggie and the Pacers.
Dominique was a seven-time All-Star and was nicknamed the "Human Highlight Film" because of his spectacular highlight plays. In 1986 he won the NBA scoring title with an average of 30.3 points per game.
Wilkins is one of only 12 players to score over 25,000 points in his NBA career. While he never won an NBA Championship, he is well known for winning two slam dunk titles.