2. Karl Malone
There wasn’t much left to accomplish on the professional basketball resume of Karl Malone, except to win an NBA title. Malone finished his career as the second-leading scorer in history, only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the league twice (1997 and 1999), selected to the All-Star team 14 times, and made the All-NBA first team 11 times; only Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have ever accomplished that latter accolade. But in Malone’s three trips to the NBA Finals — with the Jazz in 1997 and 1998, and then with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004 — all came up short.