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The 20 Greatest NBA Players to Never Win an NBA Championship

8. Pete Maravich

Accomplishments: 5x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 1971 All-Rookie First Team, 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
Team(s): Hawks, Jazz, Celtics
Stats: 24.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.4 SPG, .3 BPG
Finals appearances: Zero

Pistol Pete's performance at LSU was legendary, and his 44.2 PPG career average most likely will never be touched. He didn't come close to touching that when he was drafted by the Hawks in 1970, but a 23.2 PPG average in your rookie year will have some heads turning. Maravich was a crowd pleaser with his proven scoring prowess and ball-handling ability.

Unfortunately, he was cursed with having to play with middling teams through his career—including a newly inaugurated New Orleans Jazz. Maravich saw the playoffs four times in his ten-year career. The last season of his career saw him riding the bench because of his knee problems, but that was also the farthest he's gone in the playoffs. The Celtics, which claimed Pete off waivers, and had the talent of a rookie Larry Bird, made it to Conference Finals, where they fell to the Sixers 4-1.

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