The NBA players in this article weren't very good, and/or weren't necessarily people you would think won an NBA championship. Sure there are benchwarmers or just role players, but the fact that these below average to subpar players have an NBA Championship ring is crazy.
This article will take a look into 15 NBA players who shockingly won a title. There are even some players who weren't totally awful athletes on this list, they just weren't key reasons their team took home a championship berth. When we note the players that won an NBA championship, we writers often mention the best players to have done so. What isn't elaborated upon is the players who weren't great or really deserving of a title.
These players don't really lead their teams to titles, they just happened to be on a team that had some awesome players in charge.
15 Adam Morrison - 2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers
Boy does Kobe look angry sitting next to Adam. Adam Morrison was indeed on this Laker team that defeated the Celtics in an epic Game 7 in the 2010 NBA Finals. The Lakers team was winning because of the dominant Kobe Bryant, and good role player help from Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, and Shannon Brown.
14 Lindsey Hunter - 2004 Detroit Pistons
The assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls was actually a member of this historic Piston team. This team beat out the Shaq/Kobe led the Los Angeles Lakers because of a great all-around mix of players. Led by Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, and Rasheed Wallace the Pistons were very good.
13 Mark Madsen - 2001 Los Angeles Lakers
Madsen averaged a minimal 2 PPG in the season the Lakers took home an NBA championship. He had no impact on the team's success and was merely around just in case the Lakers suffered a ton of injuries. Madsen is now an assistant coach for the Lakers. His players call him "Mad Dog."
12 Mengke Bateer - 2003 San Antonio Spurs
Mengke Bateer was not good, or even notable. His career stats were especially low. Bateer took home a victory on the San Antonio Spurs championship team in 2003. After this, he went to the Toronto Raptors, and then ultimately ended up overseas. Bateer was a total bench warmer for the Spurs the season they won the NBA finals. He once shot 28% against the Denver Nuggets, and he fouled out in that game.
11 Aron Baynes - 2014 San Antonio Spurs
Like Mengke Bateer, Baynes was a part of a Spurs team that won a championship. In the same way, Bateer did not benefit his team's success, neither did Aron Baynes. He averaged 3.3 PPG the year they won the championship. Baynes went to the Euro League for a bit, and to the Pistons in 2015.
10 Luke Walton - 2010 And 2011 Los Angeles Lakers
Walton is known as one of the biggest benchwarmers ever. He managed to get away with two NBA championships. Luke was so irrelevant in the powerful and high tempo offense of the Lakers in these two years. Though his father is known for being a good NBA player, he could never live up to Bill's legacy.
9 Scot Pollard - 2008 Boston Celtics
The nearly 7 foot center from Murray, Utah had low statistics throughout his NBA career. He averaged 4.4 PPG, 0.7 BPG, and 4.6 RPG over the span of 11 years in the NBA. Scott was a member of the Boston Celtics championship team during his final year in the NBA. I don't how he managed to stay signed to the team, but Pollard got a ring.
8 Spencer Haywood - 1980 Los Angeles Lakers
Spencer Haywood was a good player in the NBA. If he did not do the stupid stuff he did, he would not be anywhere near this list. Remember, this article isn't necessarily the worst players to win a ring, it's the players you won't believe have a ring. Haywood passed out during practice. Not just any normal NBA practice, but practice for Game 2 of the NBA finals.
7 Scott Hastings - 1990 Detroit Pistons
Hastings had poor statistics throughout his NBA career. He averaged 2.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, and less than an assist during his irrelevant days on the Pistons. Scott is known for one NBA record, one that will probably never be broken. The player (65 games) with the most games without a steal. He literally played 65 consecutive NBA games and did not record one steal.
6 Jackie Robinson - 1979 Seattle SuperSonics
Jackie was very lucky to have been on the great championship team of the 1978-79 SuperSonics. He put up VERY minimal numbers for the team and barely played. He averaged 3.8 PPG, and after a championship berth, he went overseas to play basketball.
5 Dickey Simpkins - 1996, 1997, And 1998 Chicago Bulls
Dickey Simpkins managed to be on three of the most legendary teams ever. He contributed one of the most minimal stat lines of any three-peat NBA champion ever. Dickey was of no importance to the amazing Bulls squad. He averaged 1.2 PPG for the 1997-98 Bulls championship.
4 Jacque Vaughn - 2006-07 San Antonio Spurs
Vaughn was a nonfactor in the championship berth of the San Antonio Spurs in 2006-07. He has some wacky NBA records, like the most consecutive field goals missed (22). He isn't remembered for winning a championship, but rather for his below-average career. He is working for the Brooklyn Nets as an assistant coach at the moment.
3 Eddy Curry - 2012 Miami Heat
Eddy Curry was at the center of a New York Knicks team that was horrible. Knicks fans despair at the fact that he actually won a championship. People forget that he was a member of the 2012 Miami Heat team. He had a very minimal impact on the Heat's success. Curry was pretty bad in New York when he played there. He struggled with weight issues and overall health.
2 Darko Milicic - 2004 Detroit Pistons
Probably one of the biggest busts in NBA history, Darko did, in fact, win an NBA championship once. What's laughable is that he was selected over some real NBA legends. Anyway, the year the Pistons claimed victory, he was meaningless to the team. Darko averaged 6 PPG throughout his career, 0.9 APG, and 4.2 RPG. He will never be forgotten for his terrible work ethic, and just for the fact that he sucked so much.
1 Brian Scalabrine - 2008 Boston Celtics
Yes, Brian Scalabrine did win an NBA championship. Though he made literally no impact on the Celtics in gameplay, there is an argument for other things he contributed to the team. He was a funny character and teammates really liked playing with him. Brian was disliked by some people but made a lot of friends along the way in the NBA. He averaged a weak 3.1 PPG in his career and 2.0 RPG.