B/R NBA Staff: Ranking the Top 10 Stars to Never Win a Ring | Bleacher Report

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Full Rankings

10. Russell Westbrook

9. James Harden

8. Steve Nash

7. Patrick Ewing

6. Allen Iverson

5. John Stockton

4. Chris Paul

3. Elgin Baylor

2. Karl Malone

1. Charles Barkley

Honorable Mentions

*In Order of Highest Rank

Dominique Wilkins: Each NBA generation tends to have one player who stands out as an athlete greater than the rest. Dominque Wilkins was nicknamed “The Human Highlight Reel” because he was a must-watch high flyer. Spending most of his career with the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins was a rare player to retain his form after a torn Achilles. Highest Rank: 6 —Pincus

Carmelo Anthony: Anthony has often been criticized for not being a “winner”—sometimes fairly and sometimes not. But as a pure scorer, few have ever been more effective, and he remains one of the most popular players of the past two decades. Highest Rank: 7 —Highkin

Pete Maravich: Pete Maravich was arguably the NBA’s first ball-handling wizard and a true showman. Maravich was a huge influence on later pioneers like Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who perfected the no-look pass he learned from watching “Pistol Pete.” Maravich played throughout the 1970s, primarily with the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans/Utah Jazz, before injuries forced him to retire. Sadly, he died of a heart defect at the age of 40. Highest Rank: 7 Pincus

George Gervin: George “The Iceman” Gervin’s 26.2 points per game rank ninth all-time on the career leaderboard, and that’s despite playing his first three seasons without a three-point line (even after it was added, he didn’t really take advantage of it). While doing the bulk of his damage from the mid-range and with the game’s most beautiful finger roll, Gervin was one of the best scorers we’ve ever seen. Highest Rank: 8 —Bailey

Reggie Miller: Reggie Miller may qualify for this list by a single performance, scoring eight points in the final 18.7 seconds of a playoff game in 1995 against the New York Knicks. That wild sequence with the Indiana Pacers (his lone franchise for 18 seasons) best encapsulates what a killer Miller was in the playoffs. Arguably the premier three-point shooter of his era, Miller was a feared competitor and expert trash talker. Highest Rank: 9 —Pincus

Damian Lillard: One of this era’s greatest big-game shot makers, Lillard has consistently made the Blazers a playoff team without much in the way of star help in the age of superteams. At 31 years old, Lillard still has time to make his way off this list before he calls it a career. Highest Rank: 10 —Highkin

Dave Bing: During the late 1960s, you would be hard-pressed to find another guard who could score and make it look so effortless like Dave Bing did. The No. 2 pick in the 1966 NBA draft, Bing spent 12 seasons in the NBA, racking up several individual accolades along the journey, including 1968’s Rookie of the Year (20 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.1 APG). He was even better in his second season when he led the league in scoring with 27.1 points per game. Bing, now 78 years old, was a seven-time All-Star who spent the bulk of his career with the Detroit Pistons (1966-1975) followed by shorter stints in Washington (1975-1977) and Boston (1977-1978). Highest Rank: 13 —Blakely

Lenny Wilkens: Lenny Wilkens was an All-Star throughout the 1960s into the early ’70s, winning All-Star MVP in 1971. He grew tremendously as a point guard, averaging 2.8 assists per game as a rookie to his peak at 9.6 in 1971-72. While Wilkins never won a championship as a player, he did as coach of the 1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics. Highest Rank: 13 —Pincus

Nate Thurmond: After Wilt Chamberlain was traded by the San Francisco Warriors to the Philadelphia 76ers, Nate Thurmond took over as the team’s primary center. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Thurmond the toughest defender he ever faced. He was a seven-time All-Star and the first player to officially record an NBA quadruple-double. Highest Rank: 16 —Pincus

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