Greatness in professional basketball is often measured by a singular achievement: Championship rings. Being a part of a team that goes all the way is the NBA’s ultimate goal, the sort of thing aspiring players dream about at night. What about those players who were individually outstanding, and may have been part of championship-caliber rosters at some point, but for one reason or another, were unable to capture the bling? From the legends of the black-and-white era rocking their Converse All-Stars to more recent superstars who had championship hopes cut short by Michael Jordan, the NBA Championship has eluded some of the game’s greatest players. Even some of today’s heroes, praised for their team leadership and winning ways, have yet to lock down the NBA’s holy grail. In this piece, we’ll reminisce on some of the best sneakers worn by championship-less players of the past as well as today’s standouts who are still on the hunt. These are The Best Shoes Worn by the 15 Greatest NBA Players to Never Win a Championship.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.