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Greatest NBA Players to Never Win A Championship

Updated on January 11, 2018

5. Carmelo Anthony


Carmelo Anthony has had many individual awards, from 10 all-star games, 6 All-NBA selections, and a one time scoring champion Carmelo has had one of the best individual careers ever but from a team stand point he has never really taken advantage. When he was passed up by the Pistons for the 2nd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft he was then taken by the Denver Nuggets with the third overall pick. If Melo was taken by the Pistons we might be talking about him being the GOAT instead of LeBron James. (Also, MJ is the GOAT, no debate.) Melo played amazing throughout his prime, with averages of 26.3 points, 1.1 steals, 7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game through the ages of 22-29. After that he has had an excellent career but not a 1st option on a championship team like how he used to be. From the age of 30 to the present (January 11th 2018) he has averaged 21.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, keep in mind he only played 227 games in the span.

While Melo was with New York and the Nuggets he didn't have his mind on a championship, instead he had it on money, now with the Thunder he obviously does have hid mind on a championship, and if he's smart he will resign with the Thunder for the 2018-19 season and possibly one or two years more. If Melo does win a championship, there are good odds he could go down as a top 30 player of all time. Which doesn't sound like much but think about how many players have been in the NBA?

4. Russell Westbrook


When Russ was taken fourth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft there were doubters on his head. But he quickly shut them up. Russell Westbrook has always had his mind on a championship and on team play, regardless of how it may seem Russell always puts the team first and is looking to compete for a title this year and beyond.

After Russell's historic MVP season in 2016-2017 many were comparing him to be better than his rival in Kevin Durant. I, personally, think he is, if you take out legacy. Durant have that one championship under his belt which is why I give Durant the edge. Russell has had career averages of 22.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 8 assists. He is a one time MVP, 2 time scoring champion, a 6 time all-star, and 6 time All-NBA selection. But in Russell's prime he has averaged 25.5 points, 1.9 steals, 8.5 assists, 7.3 rebounds, and 43.8% field goal shooting from the ages of 23-29. He has averaged 10+ assists a game twice and is on pace to do it again this year.

3. Allen Iverson


The Answer was taken first overall by the 76ers in the 1996 NBA Draft. Iverson has been an 11 time all star, 1 time MVP, 4 time scoring champion, rookie of the year, a 7 time All-NBA selection, and led the league in steals three times. He's the definition of a top ten player if he had won a ring. He dragged the 2000 76ers to the finals and even won them a game, with Theo Ratliff finishing second on the team in scoring with just over 11 points a game.

Iverson has career averages of 26.7 points, 6.2 assists, 2.2 steals, and 3.7 rebounds a game, keep in mind he's 6 feet tall no inches. Although he had averages of 28.9 points, 6.2 assists, 2.3 steals, and 3.8 rebounds a game from the ages of 23-32.

He's a legendary player and the greatest player that's 6 foot or under to ever play the game. He is the shortest MVP in NBA history, that should tell you enough.

2. Dominique Wilkins


Dominique is one of the greatest small forwards of 80s and mid 90s. He was selected with the third overall pick by the Utah Jazz but then traded to the Atlanta Hawks. As a 9 time all-star, a 1 time scoring champion, and a 7 time All-NBA selection Dominique dominated on both ends of the ball with career averages of 24.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks a game along with a decent 46.1 percent field goal shooting. But his prime stats show his true impact with averages of 26.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 2.6 assists per game he showed his true ability, from the ages of 23-34. What's more impressive is the age he did it at, he averaged 26 points and 6.5 rebounds at the age of 34.

1. Chris Paul


While he hasn't been a hugely dominate scorer he passes the ball like few others can and have done in the past. His playing style reminds of John Stockton or Magic even. He's always been a team player and would be a crime against sports if he doesn't win a championship. Despite only averaging 20 points per game in a season twice Paul has led the league in assists 4 times and steals 6 times. He has career averages of 18.7 points, 2.3 steals, 9.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game, keep in mind he is also 6 feet tall. He is a 9 time all-star, rookie of the year, 2 time all star MVP, 9 time All-Defensive, and 8 time All-NBA selections. Not to mention he has the sixth highest PER of all time with 25.7. Also the third highest assists per game average of all time.

His prime stats are from the ages of 22--30. With averages of 19.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists, and 2.4 steals.

To put that into perspective, the only players to average 19 points, 2 steals, and 10 assists per game are, Chris Paul.


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    • Ty Tayzlor profile image


      8 months ago from Anywhere

      No Charles Barkley? No Elgin Baylor? No Karl Malone or John Stockton?


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