Becoming an NBA Champion is the ultimate dream for any basketball player in the world. Hell, it’s even the ultimate dream for most of us that aren’t even ballers, and most of us would be willing to do almost anything to fulfill that fantasy.
Over the course of history, we’ve seen some outstanding basketball players go throughout their entire careers constantly falling short of the ring, with John Stockton, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Allen Iverson being some clear examples of this kind of stuff.
These basketball players are always to be remembered as great glories of this sport and they’ve even achieved some pretty impressive milestones, but they lack the biggest thing that could otherwise put them in the GOAT conversation: a Larry O’Brien trophy.
So obviously, nowadays is getting more and more common to see veteran players try and switch squads to retire as champions (yeah, we’re looking at you, David West), and even though nobody wants to pull off a Kevin Durant with a snaky move to the Warriors, most stars have to be considering moving elsewhere to be more competitive, like Chris Paul did when he decided to join the Rockets.
Today, we’re going to talk about 5 NBA superstars that are never going to win an NBA Championship unless they also switch teams.
Damian Lillard has always stated that he’s a faithful guy and that’s he’s willing and keen to spend his entire career at RIP City, but that kind of mindset could wind up hurting his chances at an NBA Championship on a team that’s pretty far from title contention.
Of course, that explosive backcourt featuring him and CJ McCollum is really hard to contain, but they lack the kind of depth and superstar talent to try and make some noise in the crowded Western Conference, and we would hate to see Dame’s prime just fade in time without him ever even reaching the NBA Finals.
John Wall has improved on every aspect of his game ever since he first entered the league several seasons ago, and he’s gone to be considered the best point guard in the Eastern Conference besides Kyrie Irving right now, constantly leading the league in steals and assists on a Chris Paul kind of way.
Nevertheless, the Washington Wizards are the kind of team that plays down to their competition, meaning they’re constantly losing games against subpar squads. Besides, they’ve proven to fall short during clutch time in the playoffs, and unless the team manages to put another All-Star besides him and Beal, he’s never going to win a Chip there.
DeMarcus Cousins had plenty of reasons to get the hell out of the Sacramento Kings from day one, but the biggest one was his desire and determination to compete, contend or at least make his playoff debut after spending his whole career with the worst organization in the NBA.
Now, Boogie’s balling out of his mind for the New Orleans Pelicans alongside Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, but New Orleans isn’t championship bound quite yet. Besides, with everybody wanting a piece of Cousins now that he’s set to become a free agent, he should make the most of the opportunity and try to get to a better team.
Blake Griffin made a major decision when he decided to stay and go on as the sole face of the Los Angeles Clippers, considering Chris Paul had decided to join forces with James Harden and DeAndre Jordan was pretty much a lock to walk away from the team as an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Nonetheless, the future of the franchise is quite uncertain, with the team reckless to tank but also lacking the kind of talent to get out of basketball hell with constant first round playoff exits. Griffin is a top tier caliber and even though he’s quite injury prone, he’d be a major asset for any title contender.
Just like DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis is pretty much stuck on an island at New Orleans, and is never going to be his fault that the team’s falling short of the ultimate goal, as he’s been a major stud from day one whenever he’s been healthy and ready to ball.
Davis is an MVP caliber kind of talent, an elite scorer and rim protector, and many people even consider him to be the Golden State Warriors’ kryptonite as the perfect big man to match up against them. Sadly for him, forcing a move out of New Orleans is going to be extremely tricky at this point, although there would be at least a dozen of willing takers.