Believe it or not, these guys have MULTIPLE championship rings.

Believe it or not, these guys have MULTIPLE championship rings.

The NBA is one of the most known leagues in the world. If you can carve out a name for yourself on the North American courts then you are sent into the stratosphere. Depending on who you ask “MJ” can be two different people: Michael Jackson or Michael Jordan. Celebrity status for life is more than assured if you can impress with a basketball. Even in countries where the sport isn’t really played; for example Britain, the names LeBron James — his recent return to Cleveland was global news — and Kobe Bryant stand out.

However, the top players and their successes are well documented. We are not here to churn out the same old spiel. As good as they are they have been glorified too much. We all know that it will either be the Cleveland Cavaliers or the San Antonio Spurs — the two favorites with Betfair — reigning supreme next year. So instead of focusing at the top of the spectrum we will look at the bottom. But even that has been much documented, so we will amalgamate the two together and discuss the worst players to have ever won an NBA Championship.

You’ll be surprised just how many nobody’s that have a championship ring in their otherwise bare trophy cabinet. In fact there are too many to even comprehend compiling a list for.

However, even more dumbfounding is just how many multiple championship ring winners there are out there. Fool me once, fool me twice and all, these men deserve being exposed, mainly so they can give us our comeuppance and laugh in our face about their success despite being unable to tie up the laces of Bill Russell.

Here’s a list of the worst NBA players to possess multiple championship rings:

Carl Herrera

Carl Herrera

TEAM: Houston Rockets
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1994 and 1995

Venezuelan basketball player Carl Herrera is one of few terrible players to own two championship rings. Here is a player who averaged a whopping 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game during the entirety of his season. His record speaks for itself, as does his place in the list.

If were not for the brilliance of Hakeem Olajuwon, who averaged 27.3 ppg and 27.8 ppg in the respective championship winning seasons Herrera would be devoid of rings.

But, at the end of the day who is the one laughing. Us, who love the sport but are in possession of zero rings, or Herrera, who, despite his ineptitude, has two to his name?

D.J. Mbenga

DJ Mbenga

TEAM: L.A. Lakers
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2009 and 2010

D.J. Mbenga was of better use warming the bench than he was on the court, his career average of 1.8 ppg pays testament to that. Arguably we are being too harsh on Mbenga, in the Lakers successful 2009 run he averaged a gigantic 2.7 ppg.

Like Herrera, Mbenga’s success was solely dependent on the brilliance of others. We can only presume Mbenga was the water boy for Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Ron Artest.

Mbenga’s enjoyed many great nights in the Staples Centre, although his statistics won’t resemble this, but his ‘Mbenga Night’ ten point haul is something that still defies logic today.

Earl Cureton

Earl Cureton

TEAM: Philadelphia 76’ers and Houston Rockets
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1983 and 1994

Cureton not only has two rings but he has a gap of over a decade between them. Now that is astonishing. Why would any championship chasing side opt for Earl “The Twirl” Cureton?

Here is a man who has played 26 games shy of 700 NBA matches, averaging a stupendous 5.4 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 18.4 minutes of game time. With a record like that Cureton has to be the personification of garbage.

As is seemingly the case, his success was based on the brilliance of others rather than his own stellar play. In 1983, it was Philadelphia’s Moses Malone and Julius Erving that made up for his shortcomings, while the aforementioned Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon carried the Rockets to success in 1994 – that feat is even more impressive considering that two men mentioned on this list were members of the Rockets roster.

Dickey Simpkins

Dickey Simpkins

TEAM: Chicago Bulls
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1996, 1997 and 1998

Poor old Dickey Simpkins. The 21st pick of the 1994 draft never really got a look in with the Bulls thanks to Luc Longley, Bill Wennington and the then brilliant, rather than the now lunatic, Dennis Rodman all ahead of him in the pecking order. In fact, Simpkins won his first two rings without even being included in the active roster for the playoffs. He did however feature for the 1998 run.

Simpkins, who averaged 4.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg throughout his seven year NBA career does not make for the best of reading. But, his name is widely remembered, just like Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan, although not for the same reasons. They are remembered for their brilliance on the court, Simpkins, however, is remembered for his absence from it.

With three rings to his name Simpkins gets to keep rather illustrious company. He joins legends Larry Bird, Dwyane Wade and Kevin McHale in the three ring club.

It is highly unlikely that any basketball player will have a championship to season ratio better than Simpkins, who, with three in seven isn’t far of averaging a ring every other season.

Kurt Rambis

Kurt Rambis

TEAM: Los Angeles Lakers
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988

Magic Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all roll of your tongue when you think about the great players of the dominant Lakers side in the 1980s. Kurt Rambis however, well he will be remembered as the guy who would play in glasses and sport a horrific mullet.

His basketball record is not much better than his fashion sense, something that earned him the nickname Superman; not for superhuman talent but for his uncanny resemblance of Clark Kent.

Record wise, his speaks like this: 5.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg. It is clear that Rambis is not one of the greatest players to ever grace the courts. On the other hand, ask Lakers fans and they will tell you his qualities. What he lacked in grace he made up for in getting in the way. Rambis did the “dirty work” for the Lakers. He wouldn’t score you points but he would infuriate and foul your opponents with much aplomb. He had a knack for riling opponents, just look at Kevin McHale clotheslining him in 1984.

Mark Madsen

Mark Madsen

TEAM: Los Angeles Lakers
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2001 and 2002

Playing in a team consisting of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal certainly has its benefits, for Madsen that is two championship rings.

Madsen never really found form in the NBA, a career average of 2.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg highlights that. He is also derided for his 0.3 ppg season with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009-09 season – for many, scoring that low is harder than averaging near 30 ppg a season.

As bad as his basketball may be it will never be as horrendous as his dancing, something that he became famed for after the Lakers’ victory parade. Still if you had a ring on your finger after averaging 2.0 ppg you too would be dancing like your drunken father at a wedding.

Adam Morrison

Adam Morrison

TEAM: Los Angeles Lakers
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2009 and 2010

Do the Lakers take pity on awful players? Surely they must. After being chosen third in the 2006 Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats; the second time Michael Jordan got it all wrong whilst acting as a GM, Morrison proved to be one of the biggest draft day busts in history. He was supposed to be the next Larry Bird; instead Big Bird from Sesame Street would have been an improvement

After three years with the Bobcats he moved to the Lakers where he went onto win two championship rings. Despite being just 30-years-old Morrison is no longer in the game. Now that, if anything, should tell you just how poor his NBA career was.

 

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