Many great stars have been born in the history of the NBA, but among these great stars, 15 players have never made it to the Finals. Injuries, limited team strength, and too strong opponents are all these. It was their failure to make the finals, so let's take a look at the 15 stars in the NBA that have never made it to the finals.
Because Gilmore was born early, he started playing for the ABA, and he won the ABA championship in 1975 and won the ABA playoffs MVP. Later, he entered the NBA at the end of his career, so he failed to lead the team to the Finals.
It is worth mentioning that in 1989, Gilmore announced his retirement. He is considered the greatest inside player in the ABA.
David Thompson was the No. 1 pick in the NBA in 1975. He started his career with the ABA Denver Nuggets and played for the ABA/NBA Denver Nuggets and the NBA Seattle Supersonics. In 1985, 30-year-old David Thompson announced his retirement due to injury. He is the only NBA player who has won both the ABA All-Star MVP and the NBA All-Star MVP.
大卫·汤普森（David Thompson）在1975年成为NBA的第一顺位。他的职业生涯始于ABA丹佛掘金队，并曾为ABA / NBA丹佛掘金队和NBA西雅图超音速队效力。 1985年，30岁的大卫·汤普森（David Thompson）因受伤宣布退休。他是唯一同时获得ABA全明星MVP和NBA全明星MVP的NBA球员。
In addition to injuries, at the end of his career, Thompson was addicted to drugs and cocaine, he ended his career early, so he did not make it to the finals.
Since Yu He Shengliang was born, Hardaway was also a star in Jordan's era, but he was unable to make greater breakthroughs because he was in the same era as Jordan. In 1996, Hardaway was traded to Miami, where he ushered in the best time of his career in South Beach. In the second year, he helped the Heat enter the Eastern Conference finals, which was the best result of his playoff career. Unfortunately, similar to most people on this list, he met Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls at their peak.
自于何生亮出生以来，哈达威还是乔丹时代的明星，但由于与乔丹处于同一时代，他无法取得更大的突破。 1996年，哈达威（Hardaway）被交易到迈阿密，在南海滩（South Beach）迎来了他职业生涯的最佳时光。第二年，他帮助热火队进入了东部决赛，这是他季后赛生涯的最好成绩。不幸的是，和名单上的大澳门亚美多数人一样，他在巅峰时期遇见了迈克尔·乔丹和芝加哥公牛队。
Bernard King has averaged more than 50% field goal percentage for 7 consecutive seasons, and won the NBA scoring leader with an average of 32.9 per game in the 1984-85 season.
However, after that, Bernard suffered a terrible injury and his career was almost over. Although Bernard's state has been restored since then, in the 1990-91 season, the 34-year-old Bernard still scored 28.4 points. However, it is incredible that such a top scorer has played only 28 playoff games in his 14-year career.
Moncliffe has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award for two consecutive years. As one of the core of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1980s, Moncliffe led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals three times, but lost to the champion of the season. The team (the 76ers in 1983, and the Celtics in 1984 and 1986).
Although he has never had a record in the finals, and even though he finally entered the Hall of Fame after 28 years of retirement, there is no doubt that Moncliffe was one of the most versatile players in the league in the 1980s.
Injuries have changed the career trajectory of many great players, and Hill is one of the victims. After being selected by the Pistons in 1994, Hill and Kidd shared the year's Rookie of the Year, and was elected to the All-Star starting lineup 7 times and was selected to the All-NBA Team 5 times.
Despite this, Hill never led the team to the second round of the playoffs at his peak. It wasn't until 2010 that Hill, who was in his twilight years, had the first taste of the conference finals, but they still lost to Kobe and the Lakers, who were thriving at the time.
As an evergreen tree in the NBA, the memories Carter has brought to fans over the years can be said to be very full. As the most successful dunk king in NBA history, Carter has never reached the Finals in his 22 seasons. Such a result is undoubtedly embarrassing. In Carter's 11 playoff trips, he only reached the conference finals once in 2010, when his Orlando Magic lost to the Celtics after six games.
As one of the strongest scoring players in the league in the 1980s, Inglish accumulated 21,133 points in the first 10 years of his career. He was also the first player to score 2000 points in eight consecutive seasons. In the 1980s, the "Rainbow Jersey" Nuggets were a very popular team, but they were hardly competitive in the playoffs. In 1985, English stood on the stage of the Western Conference Finals for the first time, but his opponent was the unbeatable Lakers. Therefore, Inglish has not been able to lead the Nuggets to the finals, which also left him a regret.
"Pistol" Maravich is known for his gorgeous style of play. Like many players on the list, Maravich's career is full of misfortune, even worse. A knee injury forced him to retire early at the age of 32, and he unfortunately died of heart failure at the age of 40.
It is worth mentioning that Maravich led the team's best season in his last season with the Boston Celtics. He lost to the 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals and missed the Finals.
"Essence of Human Movies" Dominic Wilkins has always been known for his gorgeous and explosive dunks. In addition, he was also one of the most dominant players in the league in the 80s and 90s. Perhaps for Wilkins, unfortunately, he played in an extremely competitive Eastern Conference that prevented him from reaching the Finals opponents or the Green Shirts led by Bird, or the dirty "bad boys army" "Or Michael Jordan, who is trying to establish a hegemony. Despite this, Wilkins has attracted enough respect from his peers.
As one of the most gorgeous power forwards in the history of the league, Webber spent his prime in Sacramento, where he helped the Kings become a championship team. Unfortunately, Webber and the Kings were eliminated by the Lakers led by the "OK Combination" for three consecutive years, especially the one in 2002 that has been regrettable. Due to injury problems, Webber failed to make breakthrough progress in the next few seasons, and his career was not so satisfactory because of playing for multiple teams.
For the former superstar Anthony, not being able to enter the finals seems to be his biggest regret so far. Although he followed the Portland Trail Blazers to the playoffs this season, the team also lost because they lost to the powerful Lakers in the first round.
In Anthony's career, he led the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals, but the team was unable to break through to the Finals. Therefore, after passing through the glorious years of the Nuggets, Anthony went to the Knicks, and his state declined. And next season, Anthony will prove himself again, so can he make it to the finals?
"Iceman" George Gervin is the first guard player in NBA history to win the title of scoring champion, and has won the title four times. For Gervin, his closest season to the Finals was in 1979. That year the Spurs successfully reached the Eastern Conference Finals and competed with the Washington Bullets led by Irvin Hayes. The two sides fought. In seven games, the Bullets defeated the Spurs in the last 8 seconds of the "Tie-A tie" and the team missed the finals.
“冰人”乔治·格文（George Gervin）是NBA历史上第一位获得得分王头衔的后卫球员，并且已经四次获得冠军头衔。对于Gervin来说，他最接近总决赛的季节是1979年。那一年，马刺成功晋级了东部决赛，并与Irvin Hayes带领的华盛顿子弹队竞争。双方进行了斗争。在七场比赛中，子弹队在“ Tie-A领带”的最后8秒击败了马刺队，该队无缘决赛。
In 2018, Paul almost made it to the finals, provided that he was not injured. However, for good luck, Paul has never been able to break through to the finals. You must know that in Paul's career, there are countless honors, but only one championship trophy is missing.
As the MVP of Lian Zhuang in the NBA regular season, Nash failed to make the finals. In fact, even when Nash was in his best form, the Suns were defeated by the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. The following year, Nash successfully won the MVP award, but this time he lost to his old club Mavericks in the Western Conference finals. Four years later, Nash once again led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010, this time losing to the Lakers. After he moved to Los Angeles in 2012, many people thought that Nash would eventually get his own ring, but he was plagued by injuries during his time with the Lakers.
Although he did not play in the NBA Finals, statistics show that Nash is one of the best point guards in history, with 17,387 points and 10,335 assists in his career.