No one can duplicate the fantastic feats of Magic Johnson, or even Larry Bird, for that matter. The leader of the Los Angeles’ legendary “Showtime” fast break in the 1980s became the first and only player to ever win an NCAA and NBA titles back-to-back. Bird, of course, returned the following year and won a title in his second year in the league. But these two are once-in-a-century phenomenons.
The vast majority of NBA players, however, need several years — if ever — to secure that championship trophy. It even took two of the greatest players of all time, Michael Jordan and LeBron James, seven and nine years, respectively, to capture that elusive first ring.
This is a title most often associated with the game of golf — the best NBA players never to win a title. But here are the best NBA players who are in most need of winning that elusive championship.