Who do you prefer? Why? I'm still undecided, though I'm kind of leaning toward Russell, just because of championships.
I don't have stats at my fingertips, but I recall seeing them play against one another. If my memory serves me correctly, Bill Russell won most of those matchups along with his teams. If I had to take one of them in his prime, I would take Russell.
wilt was an amazing athlete-would have been a great decathalon
track man if he could have just pole vaulted.i remember we were at the ball game when gary thompson dribbled the ball between ole wilt's legs to beat them in the late 50's. our high school team visited that game.
Even though Russell had 11 championships, it's hard to argue against a guy who averaged 50 points and 20+ rebounds in a season, and scored 100 in a game.
I guess if you don't mind seeing another team win the championship so many times. I like Stan VanGundy's recent answer: "You pick first and I'll take the other guy and be happy". That being said, I'll take the guy that makes the team better and wins championships.
At the same time, I've heard that if they kept track of blocks when Russell played, he easily could have averaged 6 or 7 a game, due to his impeccable timing and touch.
What Russell mastered was the art of tipping the ball to himself. He almost always ended up with the ball after a block instead of swatting it 5 rows into the stands and giving it back to the other team.
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