Of course, an NBA championship ring is the opus when it comes to being a professional basketball player. There has been some phenomenal players with impeccable skills, that still didn’t win a Championship ring. Here’s a list of 5 of them.
Back in the 90s, Karl Malone was one of the most dominant power-forwards. His long career with the Utah Jazz is nothing short of amazing. He was well-known for his hook shot” and fadeaway jumper. He and his teammate John Stockton made quite the duo. Although he had an NBA Finals appearance in 2004, his 1997 and 1998 appearances against the Chicago Bulls, was legendary.
Not only did Allen Iverson have the skills, but he had the look to back it up. In a time where braids, tattoos, and the hip-hop bling look was frowned upon in the NBA, Iverson didn’t care. He was himself and you had to respect him for that. Not to mention, he had some iconic shoes with Reebok that are still getting worn today! In fact, the late and great Kobe Bryant said, “We should all be fortunate that Allen Iverson wasn’t 6’5.”
What can we say, Westbrook is one of the most athletic in the NBA. Not only does he hold the title for the most triple-doubles in a season, and then followed through with the most in the NBA, he is a nine-time NBA All-Star Member with back to back MVP titles.
Coming from a great college career from Michael Jordan’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina, Carter was destined for greatness. He gave the newly formed Toronto Raptors in the late 90s a big name. He was a great all-around player but what set himself apart were his dunks. Take a look at that Slam Dunk Contest from the year 2000 and you’ll see what I’m saying.
After playing 18 seasons and being an eight-time NBA All-Star, you have to give props where props are due. His shooting skills are legendary because he had a 50% field-goal percentage, 40% three-point field-goal percentage, and 90% from behind the free-throw line. Can you imagine if he was playing for the Chicago Bulls during their heyday?