Everybody wants to win. No matter who you are, or what you’re doing, winning will always be on your mind. For athletes in the NBA, they want the same thing: to win. Personal accolades, as great as they are, just don’t seem to have the level of importance as being a world champion.

Some players, unfortunately, never get that ultimate achievement. For these 5 guys, the championship window may already be closed. Here are the top 5 players who may never win a ring:

Chris Paul

For CP3 and the Los Angeles Clippers, winning a ring is their only priority. Unfortunately for them, things keep getting in the way. During times when it seems like Chris Paul and company are ready for a championship, something goes down to bring their dreams to a pause.

This year, after starting the season on a roll, the Clippers are missing two of their stars and must best either Golden State, San Antonio, or Houston… only to get to the finals where they’d likely face off against Cleveland. The road is far from easy, especially with the talented competition in the West. Even if CP decides to leave the Clips, nothing is guaranteed.

Kyle Lowry

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Sadly for Lowry, he’s on a really good team that is still severely outmatched by a better team. There’s no way Toronto can even make a finals appearance without getting through James and the Cavs. At 30 years old, the window for him and the Raptors may be closing sooner than people think. It’s not just the Cavs holding the Raptors back, either. Teams like the Celtics, the Hawks, and the Bucks are all on the rise… which only means more obstacles for Toronto.

Can Lowry lead the Raptors over all those roadblocks before it gets too late? Only time will tell. Just think about this: If you take out Cleveland for the rest of the season, Toronto becomes the favorites to win the East.

Brook Lopez

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What a shame. Lopez has so much talent, yet it’s all being wasted away on a team with virtually no hope for the future. Brooklyn has virtually no assets, and it will likely be many years before they could think about contending. Luckily for Lopez, his contract is up in 2018.

But after wasting away so much of his prime in Brooklyn, which title contending team would sign him? His 63 million dollar contract is something only Brooklyn would probably give him. Which means, Brook ay elect to stay in New York for the money. Also means he’s probably giving way his title chances, but the future didn’t look too promising anyway.

Carmelo Anthony

When talking about potential ringless wonders, it’d be a crime not to put Melo up. As great as this scoring machine is, the chances aren’t in his favor right now. Despite all efforts from Phil Jackson, the Knicks failed to attract any true superstars over the summer this year. And with Carmelo exiting his prime, the clock is ticking.

Even if players elect to go to NYK, they’d still have to get through the Cavs. I hope, as I’m sure many fans do as well, that I am dreadfully wrong about this. But when you look at what the Knicks have now, and what their chances look like in the future, I can’t help but think that Anthony’s chance is over.

Dwight Howard

The funny thing here is, he’s been closer to winning a chip than anybody else on this list. But for Dwight, he couldn’t have joined the Hawks at a worse time. After letting some key free agents walk this summer, they have now seemingly lost their identity. Even worse though… Howard is 31 years old. That means he’ll likely spend the remainder of his useful years with this team. Unless the Hawks can make a splash in Free Agency again, they look to be stuck in mediocrity, and FAR removed from their days as one of the best in the East. Too bad for Dwight though, because he should be known for his incredible defense and superb athleticism, not his ringless finger.

Doesn’t it suck when some of the best players in the game can’t seem to find a team that works? For those 5 guys, they still have SOME time and a SMALL chance to win a chip…they’ve just never been quite so low. But in the NBA, who knows… anything can happen.

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