NBA Scoring Leaders That Never Won a Title

This is the complete list of NBA players that led the league in points at least once but didn't win a championship during their careers.

Of the 36 players that have ever been the league scoring leader, 16 never won an NBA title during their careers (44.4%). Some of them are current players and still have a chance to do it. The other 20 players won at least one ring.

Among those who never won a championship, Allen Iverson and George Gervin are the players who led the league in points the most times.

NBA Scoring Leaders That Never Won a Title

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Player
Scoring Leader
Total
Seasons
Playoffs Playoff Games
Allen Iverson 4
times
14
1997 to 2010
8 71
George Gervin 4
times
10
1977 to 1986
9 59
James Harden 3
times
15
2010 to 2024
15 166
Russell Westbrook 2
times
16
2009 to 2024
13 122
Tracy McGrady 2
times
16
1998 to 2013
9 50
Adrian Dantley 2
times
15
1977 to 1991
7 73
Joel Embiid 2
times
8
2017 to 2024
7 59
Player
Scoring Leader
Total
Seasons
Playoffs Playoff Games
Carmelo Anthony 1
time
19
2004 to 2022
13 83
Alex English 1
time
15
1977 to 1991
10 68
Dominique Wilkins 1
time
15
1983 to 1999
10 56
Bernard King 1
time
14
1978 to 1993
5 28
Dave Bing 1
time
12
1967 to 1978
5 31
Max Zaslofsky 1
time
10
1947 to 1956
8 63
Pete Maravich 1
time
10
1971 to 1980
4 26
George Yardley 1
time
7
1954 to 1960
7 46
Luka Doncic 1
time
6
2019 to 2024
4 50

Playoff performance in their Scoring Leader years:

Scoring Leader
Allen Iverson 4 times
1999 - 76ers, Lost East Conf Semis
2001 - 76ers, Lost NBA Finals
2002 - 76ers, Lost East Conf 1st Rd
2005 - 76ers, Lost East Conf 1st Rd
Scoring Leader
George Gervin 4 times
1978 - Spurs, Lost East Conf Semis
1979 - Spurs, Lost East Conf Finals
1980 - Spurs, Lost East Conf 1st Rd
1982 - Spurs, Lost West Conf Finals
Scoring Leader
James Harden 3 times
2018 - Rockets, Lost West Conf Finals
2019 - Rockets, Lost West Conf Semis
2020 - Rockets, Lost West Conf Semis
Scoring Leader
Russell Westbrook 2 times
2015 - Didn't play in the Playoffs
2017 - Thunder, Lost West Conf 1st Rd
Scoring Leader
Tracy McGrady 2 times
2003 - Magic, Lost East Conf 1st Rd
2004 - Didn't play in the Playoffs
Scoring Leader
Adrian Dantley 2 times
1981 - Didn't play in the Playoffs
1984 - Jazz, Lost West Conf Semis
Scoring Leader
Joel Embiid 2 times
2022 - 76ers, Lost East Conf Semis
2023 - 76ers, Lost East Conf Semis
Scoring Leader
Carmelo Anthony 1 time
2013 - Knicks, Lost East Conf Semis
Scoring Leader
Alex English 1 time
1983 - Nuggets, Lost West Conf Semis
Scoring Leader
Dominique Wilkins 1 time
1986 - Hawks, Lost East Conf Semis
Scoring Leader
Bernard King 1 time
1985 - Didn't play in the Playoffs
Scoring Leader
Dave Bing 1 time
1968 - Pistons, Lost East Div Semis
Scoring Leader
Max Zaslofsky 1 time
1948 - Stags, Lost Semifinals
Scoring Leader
Pete Maravich 1 time
1977 - Didn't play in the Playoffs
Scoring Leader
George Yardley 1 time
1958 - Pistons, Lost West Div Finals
Scoring Leader
Luka Doncic 1 time
2024 - Mavericks, Lost NBA Finals