Winning an NBA Championship is one of the toughest things any team or player can achieve. In fact, there are plenty of franchises that have never been able to pull it off, while some teams haven’t even made it to the NBA Finals once in their history.
So many legends of the game have retired without knowing what it’s like to be an NBA Champion. Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, and Patrick Ewing are just a handful of those Hall of Famers that never got any silverware.
That’s why we just don’t want to see history repeat itself once again and see some of the best players to ever do it retire without ever holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Today, we’re going to talk about the top 10 NBA players we all want to win a ring before retiring:
10. Dwight Howard
It seems like people forget just how much of a dominant force Dwight Howard used to be in his prime. He led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals with little-to-no help and even though he couldn’t get the job done, he was the best big man in the league by a long stretch.
Howard is one of the greatest defenders and rim protectors of all time. It’s glad to see him turning back the clock and embracing his new role with the Los Angeles Lakers and hopefully, this time he’ll get that much-desired and deserved reward.
9. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook has always been a subject of controversies. Some people call him out for ‘stat-padding’ but if anyone could post the number he posts, everybody would do it. He’s one of the most talented and athletic players to ever do it.
Westbrook will have to take a look in the mirror and be self-aware of the same mistakes that have haunted him for his entire career. He’s got the talent to lead any franchise to a Championship but his overconfidence often gets the best of him.
8. Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic hasn’t been around the league for that long but he’s quickly become a fan favorite. His charisma, passion, and the fun way he plays the game make him a must-watch kind of guy on a league where few players dare to do something different.
Jokic isn’t just the best passing big man in the history of the league. He’s one of the best passers ever. Period. He may not be much of a defender but the way he’s redefining the center position makes him one of the best big men in the league right now.
7. Jimmy Butler
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Jimmy Butler has been through it all. He’s been pointed out, called toxic, and a bad teammate. He just doesn’t care, and makes sure that you’re well aware of it. That’s the way he handles his life, and that’s the way he plays the game of basketball.
Butler has turned the Miami Heat into a Championship contender. He’s the fierce, restless competitor every single coach would kill for. Now, he’s on the verge of winning his first-ever NBA title after bouncing around the league over the past couple of years.