Best NBA players without a ring are Karl Malone, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony and Reggie Miller.
Basketball is a team game, but individual achievements are often celebrated in the league. The NBA championship is the greatest level of achievement for any professional basketball player.
Despite their individual outstanding performance, many notable NBA players have never won a ring. For instance, Steve Nash won the Most Valuable Player of the NBA twice, but never won an NBA Championship.
These sorts of players have set many individual records winning numerous awards and performing exceptionally on the court over the years.
1. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is a point guard for LA Clippers. The 6 feet 3 inches tall Westbrook ranks amongst the NBA players without a championship.
He won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2017 and also the back-to-back NBA All-Star Game MVP award in 2015 and 2016.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the fourth time in five seasons in 2020–2021 passing Robertson for the most triple-doubles in an NBA career.
He has played twice for the American national team winning the gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics.
2. James Harden
James Harden currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. Harden is regarded as one of the greatest scorers in NBA history.
The 6 feet 5 inches tall point guard won NBA MVP in 2018. Furthermore, he has been a member of the NBA All-Star ten times since 2013.
He was recognized as the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2012 while playing for the Thunder, helping them get to the NBA Finals.
James has also competed for the United States national team winning the gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics and FIBA World Cup.
While playing for Philadelphia, Harden and Joel Embiid were the first teammates in scoring and assist in a single season since George Gervin and Jonny Moore in the 1981-82 season.
3. Chris Paul
Chris Paul is a professional basketball point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. Chris was selected to the NBA 75th anniversary team in 2021.
He has won two Olympic gold medals, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and the Most Valuable Player Award at the NBA All-Star Game.
Chris became one of just three NBA players after Jason Kidd and John Stockton to register 11,000 assists in the league.
Paul was recognized as the 30th greatest player in NBA history by The Athletic in 2022 when they ranked the top 75 players in NBA history to celebrate the league's 75th anniversary.
4. Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is a power forward for Los Angeles Lakers. The 6 feet 7 inches tall Carmelo is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history.
He was selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team alongside teammate Lebron James in 2021. Furthermore, Anthony has been named an All-Star in the NBA ten times and a member of the All-NBA Team six times.
Carmelo has participated in the Olympics for the US national team a record four times, assisting the team win gold and bronze in 2004.
He was selected as a co-USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year during the 2016 Olympic Games because of his efforts and accomplishments in the competition.
5. Paul George
Paul George has played 13 seasons in NBA for the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Clippers. He was drafted by the Pacers in 2010.
The 32-year-old small forward has been selected to the NBA All-Star Game eight times, has made the All-NBA Team six times, and the NBA All-Defensive Team four times.
Paul averages 20.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in the regular season. In his career, he has made three appearances in the Conference Finals, twice with the Indiana Pacers and once with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2021.
6. Vince Carter
Vince Carter is the only player to play 22 seasons across four decades in NBA. Carter made his NBA Debut with Toronto Raptors in 1998.
The former basketball star scored a total of 25,728 points, 4,714 assists and 6,606 rebounds during his illustrious NBA career.
Vince has received honors for being the best dunker of all time from several players, publications, and the National Basketball Association.
Furthermore, the 6 feet 6 inches tall star athlete also won a gold medal while competing for the United States at the Summer Olympics in 2000.
7. Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller is a former NBA guard who spent 18 years with Indiana Pacers. Miller was picked by the Pacers in the 1987 NBA Draft.
He won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and was a five-time All-Star pick during his tenure in the league.
Reggie and his teammate Jalen Rose set a playoff record for the most points scored by a pair of teammates in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was also chosen for the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021 alongside being elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contributions to the game.
8. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal is a three-time NBA All-Star and a member of the 2013 NBA All-Rookie First Team. Beal plays for Washington Wizards since 2012
During his first All-NBA selection, Beal was chosen to join his childhood friend Jayson Tatum on Kevin Durant's team as a starter for the All-Star Game.
The 6 feet 4 inches tall Beal was the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft after Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
9. Devin Booker
Devin Booker is a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns. Booker was the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
The 6 feet 5 inches tall Devin made NBA history in 2019 by playing two games with unbelievable 50 points in a row.
Booker is a three-time All-Star who played a vital role to guide the Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals, where they lost by 4-2 against Milwaukee Bucks.
Devin also participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he won the gold medal with the United States basketball team.
10. Tracy McGrady
Tracy is a 6 feet 8 inches tall former basketball star who played across 15 seasons with 6 different teams in the NBA.
McGrady won the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 2001. Furthermore, he was selected for seven NBA All-Star games, seven All-NBA teams, and two NBA scoring titles.
Known for his scoring prowess, Tracy McGrady was inducted as a member of the Class of 2017 into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
11. Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is a point guard for Portland Trail Blazers. Damian was drafted by Portland as the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
He was recognized among the greatest players in league history after being chosen to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in October 2021.
Lillard won the gold medal with the American Olympic team in 2020. Furthermore, he is a seven-time NBA All-Star and 2021 NBA Teammate of the Year.
In 2012, he scored a career-high 15 fields goal and set the Trail Blazers rookie record with seven 3-pointers against Golden State Warriors.
12. John Stockton
John Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards in NBA history. Stockton spent his entire career with Utah Jazz from 1984 - 2003.
Stockton was a ten-time All-Star in NBA and he also holds the record for the most assists and steals in the history of the league.
In 2009, he was honored for his individual career by being admitted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
John participated in the 1992 and 1996 American men's basketball Olympic team where the team won the gold medal.
13. Charles Barkley
Barkley is a former power forward who played a total of 16 seasons. He played for the 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets.
Charles Barkley won the 1993 NBA MVP award, also he was an 11-time NBA All-Star and 11-time member of the All-NBA Team.
He was twice inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: in 2006 for his career as an individual and in 2010 as a member of the "Dream Team."
14. Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson is a former point guard who played 14 seasons in the league. Iverson was the first overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft.
The 6 feet tall Iverson was an 11-time NBA All-Star. Moreover, he also won the coveted NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1997.
He was named to NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Allen scored a total of 24,368 points, 5,624 assists and 3,3394 rebounds during his illustrious NBA career.
15. Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo is a former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association.
He was awarded NBA defensive player of the Year four times in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. Dikembe also became the NBA All-Star eight times.
Mutombo establishes himself as one of the league's top defensive players because of his consistently posting high rebound and block totals.
The 7 feet 2 inches tall centre contributed offensively and defensively, averaging at least 10 points each game until he was 35 years old.
16. Steve Nash
Steve Nash is a highly coveted point guard who played for four teams across 18 seasons. He won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award twice while playing with the Phoenix Suns.
Nash is regarded as one of the best players in NBA league history in terms of overall assists, free throw percentage, three-point percentage, and assists per game.
The Canadian star was ranked as the 38th greatest player in NBA history by The Athletic in 2021, in honor of the league's 75th anniversary.
17. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick after Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The 7 feet tall Cameroonian has also been named to the All-NBA Team four times and the All-Defensive Team three times.
Embiid is the two times NBA scoring champion in 2022 and 2023 apart from being the six-time NBA All-Star. For his performance in 2022, he won the Eastern Conference Player of the Month honor.
He also made history by becoming just the third player in NBA history to have at least 47 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocked shots.
18. Karl Malone
Karl Malone is one of the greatest NBA players without a ring. The power forward played a total of 18 seasons for Utah Jazz and LA Lakers.
He won the NBA Most Valuable Player award twice in 1997 and 1999. Karl scored mammoth 36,928 points during his illustrious career.
The 6 feet 9 inches tall athlete was selected to the NBA All-Star team fourteen times and made the first team of the All-NBA eleven times.
Malone participated in the Olympic Summer Games in 1992 and 1996 as a member of the American national team.
Karl was recognized as one of the greatest players in the game when he was selected on the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in October 2021.