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Old 12-29-2010, 09:44 PM   #1
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Wilt vs. Russell

I say Russell because...

-Wilt took close to 40 shots a game when he was putting up the 50 pt. AVG
-Wilt would stop playing defense to not foul out
-Wilt was quoted saying he preferred losing:
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In a way, I like it better when we lose. It's over and I can look forward to the next game. If we win, it builds up the tension and I start worrying about the next game.
Russell's record vs. Wilt. 84-58
Wilt's record vs. Russell. 58-84

Russell: 11 Championships.
Wilt: 2 Championships.

Wilt's teams were also more talented on average, and he had a better supporting cast.

Russell had to coach the team for the last 2 championships.

Once Wilt became obsessed with assists he would pass up open shots to try to get an assist.

Wilt was traded twice in his career, Russell never was.

Offensive goal tending was legal during Wilt's 100 point game, and 50 point season.

Wilt was obsessed with statistics and instead of blocking shots in play he would smack them like volleyball's out of bounds.

Wilt's record in game 7's: 4-5
Russell's record in game 7's: 11-0

Wilt's record in elimination games: 10-11
Russell's record in elimination games: 16-2

Over an equal time span (Russell's whole career vs. 13 years of Wilts) Wilt played with 6 members of NBA's top 50 at 50, while Russell played with 4.

Wilt argued with and blamed coaches and players for losses.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:56 PM   #2
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Re: Wilt vs. Russell

There will never be a popular opinion or consensus on this because everyone will judge differently, I'll just say that Russell was a better winner and teammate but Wilt was the better player. Take all the skills of basketball and Wilt was just as good and in most cases better at them than Russell was. Wilt was such a complex person that theres no way to really explain it with a list of pros and cons and you can't merely break it down into rings and championships won. I really think that the further we are removed from Wilt's career and his death the more he becomes a tragic figure in the sport of basketball.

There's been numerous really good indepth topics on this on the RealGM player comparison board.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:04 PM   #3
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Re: Wilt vs. Russell

The two best players of their time. One of them has nine more rings than the other.

That makes it an easy pick.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:35 PM   #4
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Re: Wilt vs. Russell

Someone just read the Wilt vs Russell chapter in BOB......
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:13 AM   #5
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Re: Wilt vs. Russell

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The two best players of their time. One of them has nine more rings than the other.

That makes it an easy pick.
I am not 1 to look at rings to compare who's better in any team sport because it takes good teammates as well. Although in this case Russell hands down.
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Someone just read the Wilt vs Russell chapter in BOB......
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:52 AM   #7
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:48 AM   #8
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Re: Wilt vs. Russell

If I want just pure talent, I'm going with Wilt. Guy could do anything, against anybody.

But, counting championships and everything else (ego, being selfish, traded, stuff like that), I'm taking Russell any day of the week.
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