Winning an NBA championship is always the goal for NBA stars. It is often the key target for the best players in the league and that will never change. We have seen LeBron James and Anthony Davis capture NBA rings last season, and they are two of the top five players in the world with championships. But unfortunately for other NBA stars, they do not have the luxury of having NBA rings to their names. It isn’t easy to win in professional basketball, and that is why we have seen only a few superstars in today’s game that have NBA championships.
With regards to the remaining NBA stars without a ring, some have a chance to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the year. Here are the top 10 players in the NBA who currently do not have an NBA championship to their names.
10. Joel Embiid
Career Statistics: 23.9 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.8 BPG
Joel Embiid has come under a lot of fire by NBA legends for his inconsistency at times, but he is a very dominant center. Embiid can do everything on the floor, including defending and scoring at a high level. Embiid is so talented that whenever he doesn’t put up 30 and 10, he gets criticized for it. With the 76ers, his postseason success has not been as great as it should have been. Embiid will continue hearing criticism until he can improve his game to at least an MVP level going forward, and he has a chance to reach that level this season with the new-look 76ers.
9. Nikola Jokic
Career Statistics: 17.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Nikola Jokic is a unique center because he lacks physical gifts beyond height, but can still impact the game as a top-10 player in the world. Jokic led the Denver Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals last season and has a strong chance to repeat that feat. Jokic has plenty of time to become an NBA champion although he will hope Denver can add more pieces around him and Jamal Murray to increase the probability of making an NBA Finals appearance.
8. Luka Doncic
Career Statistics: 24.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 7.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
The Slovenian superstar is one of the best players in the NBA right now. Doncic will only play in his 3rd NBA season this year, and he is already building up to be a dominant NBA superstar. Doncic has no weakness on the floor, although his defense could use a little work. Luka can rebound, pass, and also score the ball for his team. With the Dallas Mavericks, he is the franchise player and he will see changes in the team roster as they try to add pieces around him to get him to the Finals.
7. Jimmy Butler
Career Statistics: 17.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Jimmy Butler is one of the 10 best players in the world after his dominant performance last season. Butler is one of the best perimeter defenders in the world and can also drop buckets on the heads of helpless defenders when he wants to. Jimmy Buckets plays harder than almost every player in the league and his impact cannot be denied. Butler has a chance to be a force with the Miami Heat and lead them back to the NBA Finals with a chance to add a championship ring to his basketball resume.
6. Paul George
Career Statistics: 20.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Paul George is one of the best 2-way players in the world although he didn’t quite show it last season. George was a force with the Indiana Pacers, often going toe-to-toe with LeBron James when The King was in Miami. George dominates on both ends of the floor when healthy and motivated, and his lack of an NBA ring is a massive black mark in his career. George has a great chance to win with the Los Angeles Clippers, so he must perform to his best level to become a champion.
5. Russell Westbrook
Career Statistics: 23.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 8.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Westbrook is the most athletic point guard in league history and also the most dominant triple-double threat since Oscar Robertson. Westbrook played in the NBA Finals in 2012 but fell short to LeBron James and Miami Heat. Westbrook has since won great individual awards such as the MVP and All-Star Game MVP on 3 occasions but does not have an NBA ring. Westbrook might have some maturing to do in terms of his game if he wants to be a champion, so time will tell if he will get there.
4. Chris Paul
Career Statistics: 18.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 9.5 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
CP3, one of the game’s greatest point guards and leaders, has yet to play in a single NBA Finals appearance. Chris Paul is made up of old school stuff because he never requested a trade or made a fuss to join other teams like every superstar does today. He plays his position at an elite level, dominates on both ends of the floor, and plays harder than anyone else. Paul is a first-ballot Hall of Famer but his lack of an NBA ring haunts him, although he can be part of a winning squad in Phoenix this year.
3. Damian Lillard
Career Statistics: 24.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Damian Lillard might be the most clutch player in the NBA right now, and one of the best offensive superstars at the point guard position in NBA history. Lillard can make it rain from deep, attack the basket, and has great intangibles as a floor general. Lillard has yet to make an NBA Finals although he came close with a Western Conference Finals appearance. Dame might not have a chance to win in Portland, so a trade elsewhere could benefit his career better.
2. James Harden
Career Statistics: 25.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG
The Beard is the best scorer in the NBA and one of the best offensive superstars in league history, but he has yet to win an NBA title. Harden was a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder team that made the Finals in 2012, but that was the first and only time he was in the Finals. Harden will likely have a chance to win a ring with the team he gets traded to this year, as his time with the Rockets is almost over.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Career Statistics: 20.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.3 BPG
The Greek Freak has a chance to be the first on the list to win an NBA title because his team might be the favorites in the East. The Bucks’ acquisition of Jrue Holiday improves the team on both ends of the floor, making the supporting cast around Giannis much stronger. Giannis is the best 2-way superstar in the NBA right now and is a 2-time MVP, making him the best current player without a ring right now.