As Kevin Durant reaches yet another NBA Finals after joining the Golden State Warriors, it seems like many other superstars are set to follow his in his footsteps and try to join other great players in order to finally win a ring.
Times have changed and even if many people may look at those kind of players as uncompetitive or soft, you’re no one if you don’t win a ring nowadays, so we can definitely expect a lot of more moves like this one in the foreseeable future.
So, as we finally reach the NBA Final, let’s take a look at the top 7 NBA players that will never win a championship if they don’t get the hell out of their current teams.
George is an absurdly talented two-way player that can play at either forward position or even the shooting guard spot with great ease, improving every aspect of his game and providing a lot of strength, athleticism and even shooting with a great competitive spirit to every single team he decides to move to.
Obviously, he’s never going to achieve stardom in a mediocre Indiana Pacers team, and reports state that he’s more than keen to make a move to the Staples Center to take Kobe Bryant’s torch and become the new face of the Lakers for many years to come, a team with a winning culture that will definitely lure some other star caliber talent.
Paul is, without any single kind of doubt, a top 10 and even arguably a top 5 point guard in the history of the game with his pesky defense, his scoring ability and of course, his off the charts basketball IQ and passing skills.
Sadly, he hasn’t been able to even play for the championship, never reaching the Conference Finals throughout his career, and it feels like the Clippers are ages away from being actual contenders. Now, as the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly interested in CP3’s services, he should definitely take the opportunity to finally win a championship.
Wall made his way into the MVP conversation after playing the best season of his career with the Washington Wizards, becoming the best point guard in the East with his frenetic pace and outstanding court vision.
Sadly, besides Bradley Beal and perhaps Otto Porter, he doesn’t have much help in the Capital, and even if the Wizards are quietly improving on a yearly basis, he doesn’t stand a chance in the East while LeBron’s still in town.
Lillard decided to stay put in Rip City and lead the Portland Trail Blazers after Nic Batum, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge all left the team, signing an extension to try to bring the Blazers to the top alongside C.J. McCollum.
Nevertheless, the clutch scorer is never going to even reach the Finals with that squad, especially with teams like the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets also fighting for the right to represent the West in the Finals.
Butler quietly became one of the most dominant two-way players in the league after being just a role player during Derrick Rose’s reign in Chicago, even becoming one of the regular names in the Most Valuable Player conversation.
Nonetheless, considering how much of a mess the Bulls are right now thanks to Gar/Pax and looking at that roster and the work Fred Hoiberg has done, it’s been pretty clear that Butler needs to look elsewhere if he wants to take his game to a whole new level and become an NBA champion.
Drummond is an elite rebounder, a capable defender and scorer and a very young talent, so his future looks quite bright despite being a horrid free throw shooter and kind of a liability in today’s small ball basketball.
Still, he’s never going to have a real shot at contention with that Detroit Piston squad, and considering the fact that he’s one of the few guys that can still come up with a 20-20 game, several teams should be quite interested in pushing for him, and he’d be wise to make the choice to leave Michigan if he wants to put a ring on his finger.
Just like Butler, DeRozan has quietly become one of the faces of today’s NBA due to his restless nature and work ethic, becoming one of the best scorers in the Association despite being a terrible three-point shooter.
However, the Toronto Raptors have been the yearly disappointment come playoff time, and now that Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry are reportedly on the verge of changing sides, he’d have a very tough time to win a championship in Canada, so he should perhaps try to go back to his native state of California and join forces with Paul George.