10 of the best players who didn't win the NBA title
We look back at some of the greats who fell short of winning the ultimate prize.
Rings or championships are often used as a measuring stick of a player's greatness. They're hounded by the press and the fans until they win one (ask LeBron James). The greatest players in NBA history usually manage to win a title, as it is a star-driven league, however, there have been exceptions. It may be due to the fact that they never played on good teams or that they just ran into a dominant dynasty they had little chance of getting past.
It's a hard task to narrow them down to just 10 and even harder to try to put them in any kind of order. Here, I try to rank them based on their greatness and why they just couldn't get past the final hurdle.
#10 Chris Paul
Career Averages: 18.7 Points, 9.9 Assists 2.3 Steals
Honors: 9x All-Star, 8x All NBA selections, 9x NBA All-Defensive selections
It still seems weird that Chris Paul has never reached a Conference Finals.
The prototypical point guard, he's an excellent passer who can score when the team needs him to. He's also one of the few guards in the NBA today, who are capable defenders. He would have been much higher if it wasn't for his failure to get past the second round of the Playoffs. He has however had the disadvantage of playing in the West. The conference has arguably been at its peak since the mid-2000's.
While injuries have also played a part in his playoff disappointments, the loss against Houston in 2014-15 sticks out. Up 3-1 at one point, the Clippers had an incredible collapse in Game 6 at home, blowing a double-digit lead in the 4th quarter and losing the series in seven games.
Paul still has a chance to get off the list of course, but it's going to be tough. While the Rockets will likely be a top-four seed in the West, it doesn't seem like they'll be able to knock off the Warriors or the Thunder to reach the Finals and eventually win.