Basketball is a team sport - B. Russell was the best at enhancing his team's success as your own statisitics show. Today, although the term 'power forward' is correctly applied to Tim Duncan, he fulfills better than any other, the role formerly assigned to centers and does so much else in a world of competition by the best from all over the planet.
I cannot choose between Russell and Duncan - the game is just too different in rules, statistics, tools, etc.
Feb 3, 2008 - 2:58AM
Re: Greatest NBA Centers
Russell has 11 rings but with a hall of fame team not just one, two or three players but like 8! Sam Jones, KC Jones, Hondo Havlicek, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Tom Heinsohn and a few others. Plus a hall of fame coach. Duncan is great but had Robinson to second him. Kareem has 6 rings but played with great teams too! I believe Wilt played with the least amount of talent over the years he played, dealt with the Boston Celtic monster and had rules restrict him where other have runs benefit them.
Getting back to the Celtics, don't think that having the team oriented C's consistently beat the Goliath led Sixers teams didn't have a political twinge to it. I'm not say it was fixed at all but it looks to good to be true. Basketball is definitely a team sport but if Wilt played in today's superstar dominated game, Wilt would have won more rings! You remember how they treated Shaq verses Mutombo in the finals?