LeBron James is often mocked for his lackluster 3-6 NBA Finals record heading into the 2020 championship series.
However, many magnificent players wish they had made it to the Finals even once, let alone 10 times as James has. And that’s not just role players or career reserves, but top-tier guys such as league MVPs, perennial All-Stars and annual All-NBA players who have failed to reach the league’s championship round.
Below, we list the best players in NBA history to never reach the Finals. The list is more surprising than you may think.
Steve Nash: 57 playoff games won
Deepest playoff runs: 2003 Conference Finals (Dallas 2, San Antonio 4); 2006 Conference Finals (Phoenix 2, Dallas 4); 2010 Conference Finals (Phoenix 2, LA Lakers 4)
Chris Paul: 53 playoff games won
Deepest playoff run: 2018 Conference Finals (Houston 3, Golden State 4)
Joe Johnson: 53 playoff games won
Deepest playoff run: 2016 Conference Semifinals (Miami 3, Toronto 4)
Sidney Moncrief: 43 playoff games won
Deepest playoff runs: 1983 Conference Finals (Milwaukee 1, Philadelphia 4); 1984 Conference Finals (Milwaukee 1, Boston 4)
Jermaine O'Neal: 42 playoff games won
Deepest playoff run: 2004 Conference Finals (Indiana 2, Detroit 4)