Ring culture has become everything in today’s NBA, and while it may not be the best way to measure a player’s greatness, becoming a champion is the ultimate goal, so it’s definitely a great yardstick.
With that in mind, NBA analyst Alan Hahn put together his list of the five NBA players under the most pressure to win a championship, and it did not disappoint.
,@alanhahnTop NBA players who need to win their first title:
1. Joel Embiid
2. James Harden
3. Jason Tatum
4. Devin Booker
5. Jimmy Butler pic.twitter.com/K9AaYxR72Q
– Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 21, 2023
At No. 5, he talked about Jimmy Butler, who has already knocked on the door of the NBA championship twice and has repeatedly talked about wanting to win a ring.
Then, he talked about Devin Booker, who is still very young, but now has a ton of superstar teammates to try and get the job done, and he missed that target once before. .
Unexpectedly, Jayson Tatum was ranked No. 3, as he also reached the NBA Finals once in his career, and Hahn says no one knows what could happen in the league and whether Tatum will continue to be a star. I expect it to last longer or not.
Similarly, he talked about James Harden at No. 2, recalling all the times he’s fallen short in the postseason and how his legacy has always been tainted by a lack of hardware and poor outings in the playoffs.
And last but not least, Hahn addressed the Joel Embiid situation, which is no surprise, especially when he fell so badly in the postseason right after being named the league’s MVP.
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