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Determining the best retired NBA player to never win a championship

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Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James have ruined many a man’s dream to end his season a winner.

Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz Photo by Norm Perdue/NBAE via Getty Images

The world unfair. In particular, the NBA can be a cruel mistress. The ultimate goal, an NBA Championship, has passed by so many of the greatest talents to ever play the game. Meanwhile, year after year undeserving coattail riders who would otherwise have unnoticed careers latch onto the glory and snatch a ring (I’m talkin’ ‘bout you, Jared Dudley).

For longtime basketball fans the names roll off your tongue- Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Steve Nash, and Reggie Miller come to mind (basically anyone not in a Bulls uniform throughout a majority of the 90s).

The same could be said about those not fortunate enough to play with the Lakers or Celtics during the 80s. Dominic Wilkins pretty much owned the “just shy” title during this era.

Or are you even older school? For all his flair, finger rolls, and smoothness, George Gervin never won a title. For that matter, neither did Elgin Baylor.

Who gets your vote for the most deserving retired NBA player in history to not hoist the Larry O’Brien?


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