The Greatest player to never win a ring ?
The list of great player to never win a Chip is a long one, but who is the greatest ? This is just a short list, come up with anyone that you think is the greatest or worthy of being mentioned.
Gary Payton has a ring. He was a member of the 2006 Miami Heat Championship team. C'mon now lol.
Lol, I forgot he was on the team for that.
I would replace Gary Payton with Chris Mullin, he was always one of my favorite players and my sole favorite player from the Run TMC days. I feel like if he played nowadays he would've been one of those players who find there way on a championship team like Ray Allen has found the Heat.
Has to be Malone and Stockton
One's the #2 all time scorer and the other is the all time assist and steals leader
Agreed, both are arguably the top two all time at their positions... It's amazing those two together got so close but never ended up winning one
Karl Malone, 2nd all time scorer, arguably the best PF of all time, or Stockton all time leader in assists, (by a long way), all time leader in steals (again by a long way), If it wasn't for Jordan both would have at least 2 rings.
Allen Iverson is the greatest player to have the weakest supporting cast ever ? He played with Carmelo for one year and Webber at the end his career.
I'd go Baylor, Barkley, and Wilkins
I would say Elgin Baylor. He was, at times, the best player in the league. He was the original Jordan/LeBron.
The leader of every other era has a title. He is on basically every list of Top 15 guys in NBA history. Maybe even Top 10.
Stockton is not, neither is Karl Malone. That's my top 3 with Baylor barely edging out the Utah duo.
Yeah Baylor would have to be my pick, dude was ridiculous.
1. Karl Malone
2. John Stockton
3. Elgin Baylor
4. Charles Barkley
Those are the top 4 I feel are all pretty similar to each other in terms of greatness
Technically Elgin Baylor does have a ring. He retired nine games into the 1971-1972 season, in which the Lakers won 33 consecutive games on their way to an NBA title. The Lakers gave him a ring even though he was not on the active roster for the playoffs. Although he didn't earn it, the Lakers were a garbage team after Mikan retired and Elgin Baylor pretty much saved them. He sold the ring a few months ago for six figures.
The greatest player that was not stopped by Michael Jordan is Allen Iverson. He had a ridiculously weak supporting cast even compared to some of the players on this list.
No mention of George Gervin yet? 4 time scoring leader with career averages of 26.2 PPG on 51.1 FG% and 84.4 FT%. He along with Dr J and Kareem was one of the players that revitalized professional basketball in the late 70s.
My top 5 of ring-less players by position
Dave Bing (I realize many all time lists have Bing as a SG but he actually played both during his career and often started at point)
I hate leaving off Grant Hill and Dikembe Mutombo...
Charles Barkley, dude was a 6'5 beast. Never going to be a player like him again.
Patrick Ewing, Gary Peyton, Tracy McGrady and Charles Barkley. Should I add Allen Iverson and Vince Carter? I guess I should :). I guess you can add everyone on the original post to the list too.
Man I wish AI got a ring, he was such a force in his prime....
I agree Elgin Baylor is the greatest player to never win a ring, but George Gervin is also up there
Barkley from the modern era. In his prime and for many years he was better than Malone ever was.Stockton would be second best from modern era. I'm not a huge Malone fan as you can tell. He is obviously very good, but he doesn't make my top five PF list. Just not enough half court scoring to be in that category. I think he benefited from playing next to one of the great setup men of all time and that is why his FG% is so high.
I can only imagine the excitement and disappointing emotional moments that Tracy McGrady was going thru when he saw them bringing the trophy onto the floor,when the Spurs had that 5 point lead in Game 6 with only 26 seconds left... Only to see the Spurs lose that game....
And im surprised that nobody mentioned the great Connie Hawkins...
For all those guys from the 90's who didn't win a ring. MJ and Scottie say hi lol
Pete Maravich is the best player in basketball history that never even got to the Final Four or NBA Finals. Best scorer in college basketball never sniffed the Final Four. An NBA all-star with a scoring title didn't get to the NBA Finals either. Like Baylor, he quit right before his team won a championship. But, Elgin Baylor went to the NBA Finals numerous times and I think that he also went to the Final Four.
Ewing never won an NBA ring but won one in college. Same with David Thompson. David Thompson also went to the ABA Finals. Stockton and Malone couldn't win it all but at least got to the Finals. Same with Sir Charles. Also, those three were on the Dream Team.
Spencer Haywood won an Olympic gold medal. Reggie Miller has one too, as well as an NBA Finals appearance. Chris Webber went to two Final Fours.
Current stars without an NBA title include Kevin Durant but he has an Olympic gold and an NBA Finals appearance. KD's teammate Russell Westbrook was there for both as well as a Final Four with (fellow Olympian) Kevin Love. Derrick Rose has been to the Final Four. Carmelo Anthony hasn't been close to the NBA Finals but he has an NCAA title and a couple of Olympic gold medals. Dwight Howard has an Olympic gold medal as well as an appearance in the NBA Finals.
That narrows the list down to Pistol Pete (also lost in the NIT), Steve Nash (two MVP's but no advancement to the money round), Dominique Wilkins (only a world championship in 1994 for Dream Team 2), and George Gervin.
I am taking Pistol Pete as the best loser ever since he dominated college basketball and broke all those scoring records. He also had an all-star career in the pro's with a scoring title. Being even more star-crossed, he played exhibition games with Dr. J before the Doc had to leave for the ABA, and with Larry Bird but quit right before the start of their championship season.
Unfortunately, Pistol Pete, Nash, Nique, and The Iceman are also four of the most entertaining players in basketball history.
The best center to never reach the Big Game is hard to figure out. Artis Gilmore went to the Final Four and has an ABA title. Arvydas Sabonis lost in the 2000 WCF to the Lakers but he has a gold medal with the 1988 U.S.S.R. team. College great Ralph Sampson went to the Final Four as well as the 1986 NBA Finals. Walt Bellamy has an Olympic gold (1960). Dan Issel has an ABA title with the Kentucky Colonels. Yao Ming might be the best center to have never been to the NBA Finals nor won an Olympic gold medal.
3. Patrick Ewing
4. Reggie Miller
All of these guys have one guy to thank. That is Mr. 23