Which is the greatest NBA debate ever: Bill Russell vs. Wilt the Stilt?

Which is the greatest NBA debate ever: Bill Russell vs. Wilt the Stilt?

To begin this article, let me say this. For everyone who does not believe that this is the most competitive and talked-about debate in NBA history, what other debate is there?

Indeed, the rivalry between Chamberlain and Russell is covered in detail on Wikipedia.

Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain are the two greatest centers in game history.

Regardless of how you rank them or compare them, both centers have accomplished enough in their professional lives to qualify as the greatest center to have ever played the position.

Having played with and against the two, Wilt was and still is the more talented of the two. Russell consistently offered his Celtics the best opportunity to be champions.

Russell excelled in the postseason, but Wilt was the superior player during the regular season.

Russell performed well in high-pressure scenarios, while Wilt was nonexistent in clutch or crucial ones.

During the 1961–62 season, when Wilt averaged 50 points per game, Russell won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Wilt only cared about his numbers, how many points or rebounds he could muster. All Russell cared about was winning, and winning titles.

Only Chamberlain’s critics’ opinions mattered to him. Russell was only interested in his teammates’ opinions of him.


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