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Great NBA Players That Never Won a Championship

Great NBA Players That Never Won a Championship

Being a great player isn’t enough to also win championships in the NBA. You’ll also need a good team around you, and just a bit of luck. These players were really good during their years in the NBA, but never managed to bring home a championship.

Steve Nash

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Nash did manage to win two MVP awards, he never managed to lead his team to a championship. His Phoenix Suns had several good runs in the postseason and they had some great duels with the San Antonio Spurs, but they always had some bad luck, or just weren’t good enough.

John Stockton

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Stockton was a 10 times NBA All-Star, and is considered to be one of the best point guards in the NBA, but in his 19-year career, Stockton only made it to the Finals twice. Unfortunately for him and the Jazz, they lost both of them, and both series ended up 4-2 for the Chicago Bulls.

Charles Barkley

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Barkley was an 11-time All-Star and he won the MVP award in 1993, which was also the only season he made an appearance in the NBA Finals. The Phoenix Suns lost the series to the Bulls 4-2. Besides that, Barkley made in to the Conference Finals twice, once in the Eastern Conference with the 76ers and once in the Western Conference with the Rockets.

Allen Iverson

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Iverson played in the NBA for fourteen seasons, was named MVP once, and made it to the Finals once in his career. This was a great performance for him, as he didn’t have any other stars as teammates, while his opponents, the LA Lakers, had Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

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Vince Carter


Carter is considered to be a great player, but he has never been part of a great team. Therefore, he has never really come close to winning a title. During his 19-year career, Carter has managed to become one of six players to record 24.000 points, 6.000 rebounds, 2.500 assists, 1.000 steals and 1.000 three-point field goals.

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