No Rings, No Titles, Greatness? Part 2

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

The wait is now over. The top ten active athletes to never win a championship are here. If you haven’t read my previous article including spots 11-20 on this topic, I would advise you to do so. If you’ve already seen it or are content with only knowing the top ten, please continue reading.

Those of you who have been waiting for this particular article, you could be wondering who could be above players like scoring machine Carmelo Anthony, MVP Bryce Harper, and the scary defensive presence of J.J. Watt. Without further ado, here they are.

  1. Andrew McCutchen (MLB)

If it wasn’t for Mike Trout, who is also on this list, McCutchen would easily be considered the best all-around player in baseball. He has 151 career home runs and 154 stolen bases. “Cutch” was the 2013 NL MVP, is a five-time all star, has four silver sluggers, and one gold glove. To his disadvantage, McCutchen’s Pirates are in the best division in the MLB, making it difficult to consistently make it to the postseason.

  1. Clayton Kershaw (MLB)

27 years old, 114 wins, five all star game appearances, and three Cy Young awards. Clayton Kershaw’s accomplishments are already Hall of Fame worthy, and he’s still in his prime. His stat line is ridiculous. He has a career ERA of 2.43 (first among active pitchers) and a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of 1.03. The sky’s the limit for this kid.

  1. Mike Trout (MLB)

Trout has been the best player in baseball since 2013. You could even argue his 2012 AL Rookie of the Year season made him the best. A lot of players who show unlimited potential early in their careers tend to fall off soon after. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Trout and I don’t know if he ever will cool down. He made the all star team in four of his first five seasons and has won All Star Game MVP twice. Trout was the 2014 AL MVP. He has four silver sluggers, one gold glove, and has led the league in WAR (wins above replacement) four times. It should only be a matter of time before this phenom makes it to the World Series.

  1. Calvin Johnson (NFL)

“Megatron” is the only inactive player on this list, and he is the only exception because he just recently retired following this past NFL season. In nine years he caught 731 passes for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns. He’s not known as “Megatron” for nothing. Johnson made six Pro Bowls and was consistently the best receiver in the league. It’s a shame he decided to cut his career short, especially having never made it to the Super Bowl.

  1.  Andre Johnson (NFL)

Andre Johnson is one of the most underrated receivers of all time, most likely because he played primarily for the Texans, who could never make it to the playoffs in his prime. Johnson is second among active players in receptions and receiving yards. He led the NFL twice in both receptions and receiving yards and made it to seven Pro Bowls. Johnson is one of the toughest players in the NFL, but after 13 seasons, his time to get a ring is running out.

  1. Frank Gore (NFL)

Gore is one of the most consistent running backs to ever play. In 11 seasons he has rushed for over 12,000 yards and 70 touchdowns, and has averaged 4.5 yards per rush. Gore is 15th on the all-time rushing yards list and has five Pro Bowl appearances.

  1. Kevin Durant (NBA)

After getting drafted nine years ago out of Texas, “KD” made his presence known, becoming one of the most prolific scorers of all time. He averages 27.4 points per game, which is fourth all time and first among active players. Durant was 2007-’08 Rookie of the Year and 2013-’14 NBA MVP. He’s a four-time scoring champ, shoots .380 percent from three point land, and was MVP of one of his seven all star games. Durant has all the tools to win a championship, but first he has to get through the loaded Western Conference.

  1. Larry Fitzgerald (NFL)

Fitzgerald is 11th all time in receptions and receiving touchdowns. He is one of the most respected players the NFL has ever seen and he has the talent to go along with it. He has over 1,000 catches for over 13,000 yards and 98 touchdowns in 12 seasons. Fitzgerald has been to nine Pro Bowls and led the league in receiving touchdowns twice. It will be disappointing to see him go out without a ring.

  1. Adrian Peterson (NFL)

Peterson is one of the most dynamic running backs to ever play. Most running backs’ careers are considered over by their upper 20s. Peterson is 31 years young and captured his third rushing title this past season. He has 11,675 career rushing yards, 97 touchdowns, and has a yards per rush average of 4.9. “All Day” was the 2007 Offensive Rookie of the Year and the 2012 NFL MVP. Peterson is first among active players in rushing touchdowns and second in yards. He hasn’t hit the running back wall yet, but it is close.

  1. Chris Paul (NBA)

“CP3” is the greatest player to never win a championship. He is one of the best point guards to ever play basketball. Throughout his career Paul has almost averaged a double-double with 18.8 points and 9.9 assists per game. Paul is the NBA’s active assist and steals leader. He’s a four-time league leader in assists and has led the league in steals six times. “CP3” was 2005-’06 Rookie of the Year and has made the all star team in nine of his eleven seasons. He has seven playoff appearances, but never got to the promise land.

*All statistics are as of March 21, 2016.

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