Honorable Mention – Elgin Baylor
Baylor would absolutely be in the top-10 on this list if it weren’t for technicalities. However, Baylor technically did win a ring in 1972, even though he only played in that season’s first nine games before retiring. Baylor is a Hall of Famer that led an illustrious career including 11 All-Star selections and 10 All-NBA teams.
He was the 1958-59 NBA Rookie of the Year, and he went on to average over 27 points and 13 rebounds in his 14 NBA seasons. At the end of the day, he did win a ring, although he most definitely would have liked to have played a more active role on that championship team.
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22. Bob Lanier
Lanier was one of the league’s most dominant centers throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. His best years were spent as a member of the Detroit Pistons — where he averaged over 22 points and 11 rebounds. Lanier is a Hall of Famer who made eight All-Star appearances, but never got the chance to play in the NBA Finals. As a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, he was stopped in consecutive Eastern Conference Finals (1983, 1984). Those years proved to be his final seasons in the NBA, and he was forced to concede that he would never win that ring.
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