It's never easy to win an NBA Championship, let alone do it multiple times. Some players are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, others contribute to the cause, while just a handful is actually a pivotal part of their triumphs.
Winning an NBA Championship is so difficult that just 12 active players have more than one ring right now. Let that sink in. Out of about 420 players, just 12 can brag about that.
Surprisingly, not all of those players are actually names you'll remember when talking about the most dominant guys in the league, while others could even join the GOAT conversation. Today, we're going to talk you about those 12 players:
T2. Damian Jones - 2
Damian Jones was drafted with the 30th overall pick of the 2016 Draft by the Golden State Warriors and he stayed with the organization for the first three years of his career, meaning he was a part of two championship teams.
Jones averaged roughly 11.9 minutes per game during his time at the Bay so he wasn't exactly their difference-maker. In fact, he averaged 1.2 points per game in the playoffs. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in the summer for Omari Spellman.
T2. JaVale McGee - 2
If you had told me five years ago that JaVale McGee would be a two-time NBA Champion by now I'd say you're crazy. Still, not only did he win two rings but also he played a major role in both of their championships runs with his presence in the paint.
Steve Kerr turned McGee into a steady contributor for their team. He was focused and quite active in both ends of the floor, and even though he played limited minutes, it was more than enough to grant him a starting spot in the Lakers afterward.
T2. Danny Green - 2
Danny Green has worked his heart off for everything he's got in the league. He went from being waived and spending most of his time in the G-League to being one of the ultimate 3-and-D players in the league and a two-time NBA Champion.
Green helped the Spurs get back at the Heat in 2014 with his timely shooting and solid backcourt defense. Then, he beat helped the Toronto Raptors win the Golden State Warriors and win their first-ever NBA Championship.
T2. Kevin Durant - 2
Kevin Durant had his first shot at a ring in 2012 when he was just a kid. So now that he was one of the best players in the league, he wasn't going to let that chance slip away from his hands again. He made sure to prove that he was a born winner.
Durant turned the Warriors into the most terrifying team in the league. He didn't want a free ride to a ring, he made a path of his own, as you can tell by his back-to-back Finals MVPs.
T2. Kawhi Leonard - 2
Kawhi Leonard is the ultimate dynasty killer. He put an end to the Miami Heat's Big 3 and rose to stardom as the Finals MVP in 2014 for his great defense on LeBron James. Then he did it again vs. the Golden State Warriors in 2019.
Leonard made a case for the best two-way player in the league and proved to be capable of leading almost any team to a Championship. Now, he'll have a shot at writing history by doing it again with the Los Angeles Clippers.
T1. Patrick McCaw - 3
If you have some money to spare, I'd strongly recommend betting on the Toronto Raptors winning the ring this season. Why's that? Because of Patrick McCaw, the ultimate NBA Champion, the guy that has won three straight championships.
Ok, perhaps McCaw isn't the main reason why the Warriors and Raptors won the ring but hey, facts are facts. And the fact is that Patrick McCaw has won an NBA Championship every year he's been on the league.
T1. Udonis Haslem - 3
Udonis Haslem doesn't get enough praise nowadays because he's not the same player anymore. Obviously, father time has caught up to him following a 17-year season in the NBA. Still, he's one of the two players that took a part in every ring the Miami Heat has ever won.
Haslem is one of the most beloved and respected members of the Heat organization. He was a solid contributor for every single one of those championships and is now their leader and mentor off the bench.
T1. Andre Iguodala - 3
Andre Iguodala was a borderline All-Star and one of the best defenders in the league before joining the Warriors. He took a step back, gave up most of his shots, and was even ok with coming off the bench if that helped the team win Championships.
Needless to say, his maturity and team spirit paid off big time. Not only he's won three NBA Championships so far but he was also named Finals MVP of the 2015-16 season thanks to his great defense on LeBron.
T1. Draymond Green - 3
You can say whatever you want about Draymond Green but the guy is a proven winner. He's not going to take anything for granted and will play his heart off night in and night out. You may not like him, but he's the ultimate leader.
Green's versatility and ability to guard one through five helped the Warriors have one of the most free-motion offenses and dynamic lineups in the history of the game. There wouldn't be a dynasty without Green's defense and playmaking.
T1. Klay Thompson - 3
It seems like we just don't talk enough about how much of a great player Klay Thompson is. He's a top-3 three-point shooter in the history of basketball and one of the best backcourt defenders in the league. Also, he's a 3-time NBA Champion.
Thompson's presence opens up a lot of space for the Warriors' offense. Also, his consistent and reliable shooting from beyond the arc has come huge for them from time to time, let alone his willingness to lockdown opposing guards.
T1. Stephen Curry - 3
Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter in the history of the game. Somehow, it still feels like he's not valued enough, but he's a two-time MVP, the first-ever unanimous MVP in NBA history, and arguably the most influential player of the past two decades.
You may not like the way the game is played nowadays and that's fine, but you can't say it hasn't worked out for Curry. He'll go down as one of the greatest point guards to ever lace them up and you can't take those three rings away from him.
T1. LeBron James - 3
Obviously, LeBron James must sit at the top of this list. He's not the winningest player of the ones we mentioned but he's dominated the league in ways we hadn't seen in ages. I mean, he's made it to 9 Finals, 8 of them straight.
James' losing record in the Finals will always be a stain on his legacy. However, he's still one of the main candidates to make it back to the ultimate stage even in year 17. If he leads the Lakers to a Championship, he'll be back in the GOAT conversation for sure.