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Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

Posted on: July 31, 2008 10:46 am
 
5th greatest NBA player of all-time:

Bill Russell, C

For a dictionary, a winner is the victor in a contest or game.

But for a NBA fan, a winner is Bill Russell, who no doubt is the greatest winner of all-time.

His legacy will be forever remembered as that of a true winner's, and when he retired he took his 11 championship rings with him and immediately was ranked at the top of everyone's lists as the greatest basketball player of all-time.

And although that was so long ago, Bill Russell is still ranked at the top of the lists, because he is as stated, one of the greatest NBA players of all-time.

His defense was probably the best defense the NBA has ever seen from a big man. He averaged a spectacular 22 rebounds per game, and even as a big man he averaged 4 assists per game.

If you are still inconvinced, here are some of his accomplishments that might change your mind:

Bill Russell will forever be remember for 3 things:

1. A great teammate
2. A hardworker on both sides of the court
3. Most of all, a passion to win that no one could match

5. Bill Russell
6. Larry Bird
7. Oscar Robertson
8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajuwon

Coming soon: 4th best player of all-time

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Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 6:16 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

Were you drunk when you wrote this wildcatsfan?
Very fair question. To be honest I actually thought I had seen Magic when looking over the list. I thought he was already done. I absolutely think Magic is top 10 and now see that he is #4. Its gotta be Wilt Kareem and MJ top 3 and as I said I would put Russell #1 over all of them. Without a doubt the most disrespected player in the history of the game. Probably not a good idea to rant on and on about Russell considering hes playing me next in the All-Time draft, but thats my feelings about the man.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2008 10:13 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

Well Jordan, Wilt, Kareem, and maybe West will be his top 4.

Were you drunk when you wrote this wildcatsfan?

You don't think Magic Johnson warrants a top ten of all-time spot?

I can't fathom anybody leaving Shaq out of their top ten list of all-time...I'd rather have Shaq than Elgin Baylor in my team if they were both in their primes...



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2008 7:13 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

Ignorepeter are you crazy? Shaq one of the top ten of all time! Please! It should be Jordan, Magic, Kareem, Wilt, AND Karl Malone. Not Shaq.



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2008 4:18 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

 

By my count you've got Jordan, Magic, Kareem, Wilt and Shaq left, (if West was going to be on this list he would've been around 10, picks which correctly went to Timmy D and Hakeem, I think) my guess is that Shaq is the odd man out there. Hakeem did run circles around Shaq in the Finals (although Shaq was young then)




Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2008 11:13 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

Well Jordan, Wilt, Kareem, and maybe West will be his top 4.

But when it comes down to it Ill argue Russell all day. Russell won more professional championships than any other athlete in any sport. You can say he had HOF teammates, but they were HOF's because THEY PLAYED WITH RUSSELL. 21-0 in Winner-take-all games (game 7's, olympics, ncaa tourney). Took rings away from the most dominating player in NBA history. People say the ring argument doesn't count and then will bring up the "Horry has more rings than Karl, Malone, Charles Barkley, etc.". The difference is Russell was the leader of everyone of those teams. People will say the talent wasn't as good and there weren't as many teams but there were no players playing in Europe and less teams just means more talent spread out over less space. If Jordan is number 1 your going to see some fumes from this Bostonian.




Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2008 10:25 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

All I know is that if Shaq shows up in this list....I'm officially breaking up with this blog




Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2008 10:20 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

First of all... Great post!  11 rings in any sport, in any career, in any era is spectacular.  And he's one of the best defensive players of all time, agreed.

However, does anybody else think that some stats from the 50's and 60's are overvalued?  Especially rebounds.  I mean, I'm more impressed watching Rodman average 18 a game in the 90's against better all around athletes than I'll ever be with Wilt's 25 a game in the 60's.  Thoughs?




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2008 2:11 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

Russell should rank higher. He is the best defensive player ever to play in the NBA. He is a top 5 player could be as high as #1 overall and no lower then #4 overall. Just read what you wrote about him.

Great Blog...




Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2008 12:45 pm
 

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

Interesting, I think that's right where Russell should be but you'll definitely catch flack for this one. There was a study done where they went back and looked at videotape for 8 Bill RUssell games and counted his blocks - he averaged more than 7 per. And the shocking part was that of those 7, something like 5 went to teammates. Ridiculous stat, as impressive as anything any one else ever did.


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