Earlier, I posted my blog on the Top 10 Best NBA Players with a Championship Ring Since 1980. Here is my list of the top 10 best NBA players who haven’t won a championship. I look forward to your comments and discussion on which players you agree and disagree should be on the list.
(By next week either Nowitzki or Lebron will be eligible for a spot on the “players with championship rings list”.)
10. Dwight Howard – If he comes to the Lakers, he could end up with several rings. He could end up being recognized as one of the most dominant centers of our time. What’s
interesting about Howard is the fact that he still has a ton of room for improvement: free throws, inside game, outside shot, not getting as many fouls as he does, and a few other areas. The Lakers have the right center that could teach him a few things about that. Another reason why he should consider coming to the Lakers: his larger than life personality will work well for him in cities such as Los Angeles.
9. Reggie Miller – He was one of the two players that the Knicks didn’t want to face in the playoffs. He wasn’t intimidated by any player. He played against the best.
8. Dirk Nowitzki – He has been the greatest shooting seven-footer in the game. He has a soft touch and he is definitely someone you would want on your squad. Let’s just see
if he’ll finish this season staying on the no-ring list or if he gets his first NBA title and fights for a spot on the top list.
7. Dominique Wilkins – He is like a human highlight film. Wilkins had close to 27,000 career points. But he should’ve done even better.
6. John Stockton – He is one of the top five point guards of all time. He made his teammates look good.
5. Charles Barkley – Here is another one of those players who was not afraid of anyone. He guarded centers better than centers guard other centers. He would put the fear into his competitors. But he played during an era where his team couldn’t make it through the Lakers, Pistons, or the Bulls.
4. Alan Iverson – He was hands down the greatest six foot player in the history of the game. He played like he was seven feet tall. He owned the court. He was a four-time scoring champion, MVP, and five different seasons he averaged over 30 points per game. Unfortunately, the 76ers never built a team around him and that’s why he’s on the no-ring list.
3. Steve Nash – Great point guard with no ring. Two time MVP. He makes the top 3 list because he made his teammates better, like many of the leaders. He could’ve been better than an Isaiah Thomas, but he needs his Ring. THE RING IS THE THING.
2. Karl Malone – He is probably one of the most dominant power forwards in the history of the game. He is the #2 all-time scorer in the NBA.
1. Lebron James – He’s a beast. He belongs in another league. I’m curious what his diet was growing up. He is 6’8, 260 pounds, and all muscle. Are you kidding me? That’s a cartoon character! I was disappointed when he went to Miami for many reasons, but it’s
his decision where he wants to play. He could easily pass up Kobe and end up being #2 on the top list, but not #1. I’m sure many Lebron fans will not appreciate that, but it is what it is. He may make it off the “no-ring” list by next week if Miami wins the championship, but we’ll soon know for sure.