Throughout the years in the NBA there have been a lot of players. There have been great players and bad players but in this list , am focusing on the bad ones, particularly those who got carried by teammates and won championships. These players didn’t contribute much to their teams but they won anyway. They earnt what all players hope to achieve, they won it when more deserving players didn’t but they are the champions and that cannot change. Here are the top 5 worst NBA players to win multiple rings.
5. Didier Ilunga-Mbenga (D.J. Mbenga) – Los Angeles Lakers
DJ was a recent dual champion with the Lakers. He had signed two 10-day contracts with them before they signed him. DJ had limited minutes because he couldn’t help out the team on offense but he did what he could with his interior defense skills. Players like Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum playing he really didn’t make an impact. He mostly sat on the bench and watched his teammates play and winning championships.
D.J. Mbenga averaged: 1.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.6 bpg
It was ultimately his lack of offense and his superstar teammates that led him towards winning two championships with the Lakers and thus is why he has the number five spot.
4. Frank (Pep) Saul – Minneapolis Lakers
Pep was drafted all the way back in 1949, at a time when the NBA was still new and it seemed like the players were making up stuff all time. Winning a championship with the Royals before ending up with the Lakers teaming up with the unstoppable man at the time, George Mikan. Pep, a shooting guard shot 36% in his entire career, that was bad even in those days. It’s not like Pep was limited by the amount of time he played either, he averaged 23 minutes for his career and still couldn’t make that impact his team was looking for but he still ended up with three more championships adding up to four total.
Pep Saul averaged: 5.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 apg
Another player who was carried by his teammates but still reaped in the awards, a man who did little for his team but still ended up winning four championships and also the number four spot.
3. Randy Brown – Chicago Bulls
Randy Brown like everyone on this list is a lucky man, it just so happened that Randy got traded to the Bulls from Sacramento and man was it a good time. Randy only went to the playoffs three times but this happened to be during Michael Jordan’s second three-peat run so you know he hit the jackpot there. Randy’s stats were abysmal with a shocking:
Randy Brown averaged: 4.8 ppg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg
I understand that Randy was always on the bench but even when he was on he couldn’t capitalize on his opportunity and really make a name for himself, sadly this is why he has earnt himself the number three spot on this list.
2. Gene Conley – Boston Celtics
Now, this is gonna be a quick one and you are going to understand it pretty soon. Gene played only six seasons in the NBA but ended up with three rings with the help of Celtic greats. Gene was an amazing athlete winning championships in both the NBA and MLB but unluckily he’s not getting critiqued for his baseball skills right now.
Gene Conley averaged: 5.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.6 apg
It is clear to see why Gene is an unworthy player for these three championships and why he is number two.
1. Jim Loscutoff – Boston Celtics
When you think of someone who has more rings than Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, you must immediately think that he is one of the greatest of all time. After all, this man is in an elite club having seven rings but no, it’s Jim Loscutoff. You might be wondering who is that, let me tell you a bit about him; In his last season at college he averaged 19.6 points and 17.2 rebounds which is phenomenal. Jim was the 3rd pick in the 1955 draft being selected by Red Auerbach to provide some defense to the Celtics, so far so good but now we are talking about the NBA.
Throughout his entire career, Jim averaged: 6.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.7 apg
Now he is not a terrible player by any account, he actually set the franchise record for most rebounds in a game at the time but looking at what he contributed and the help he had around him it’s not very significant. Some of his teammates included Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Sam Jones and John Havlicek and that is why I believe Jim Loscutoff is the worst player to win multiple rings.