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Determining the NBA player most worthy of a championship

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Not everybody gets the ring, but they all long to bring one home.

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I was watching one of the “classic” Spurs games yesterday and realized there are a lot of extremely talented NBA players who have yet to win, nay compete, for an NBA Championship.

Guys from my generation easily recall that Charles Barkley never won a title and spent the final years jumping onto teams looking to hit that final marker. In my opinion, he is one of the biggest starts of that era who did not reach that ultimate goal.

Who is this generation’s top player to not obtain the top goal?

Immediately, Anthony Davis comes to mind. A brilliant player from the onset, a dedicated New Orleans centerpiece. And then he bailed when he sensed the title wasn’t going to land in The Big Easy. Headed for la-la-land and the comfort of LeBron James, the man with the most Finals appearances of the modern era. And Davis and the Lakers were positioned quite well to earn it until this pandemic. They very still might. But is The Brow the most worthy?

Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Giannis Antetokounmpo?

And don’t say LaMarcus Aldridge simply because his winning a title would bring the Spurs along for a 6th Larry O’Brien. I’m talking simply about one player.

Who’s your most-deserved, missed out player to date?


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