6ft 10″ Bill Russell once won MVP over 7’1″ Wilt Chamberlain averaging 50ppg and triple-double averaging Oscar Robertson
William Felton Russell, who famously went by Bill, is one of them. The Boston Celtics legend is arguably the first and strongest pillar in the game of basketball.
Bill Russell may have been the only athlete on the planet to have perhaps the best resume at his sport, and yet, he had a big impact off the court if not better.
Russell, one of the greatest and longest-serving veterans of the fight against racism, died peacefully on Sunday, July 31 at the age of 88.
Bill Russell died on Sunday. He was 88 years old.
The 5-time MVP won 11 titles, more than any player in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/lZKadWv4GK
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He has left behind a legacy that will be remembered as long as there are no more living souls dribbling basketball on this planet.
Remembering how great he was on the court in his 13-year NBA career that saw success that no one has ever tried or ever seen before, let’s take a look at what might be his best and least likely MVP season. Remember.
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Bill Russell Wins MVP Over 50 PPG Wilt Chamberlain & Triple-Double Average Oscar Robertson
Bill played basketball in that era, which is considered the easiest to date. But still, the materiality in that era is still incomparable. And at 6’10 with athleticism like Olympic high jumpers and sprinters, Russell had a cheat code that no one was able to crack.
The 11x NBA champion dominated the board and painted like no one had ever seen. He was the best shot blocker, man-to-man defender and rebounder on the court despite the opposition. And yet, he averaged over 15 points plus 4 assists.
Wilt Chamberlain was a similar type of threat at the time, but with better scoring abilities. Meanwhile, there was another legend of the game, known as Oscar Robertson.
He could influence the game in many areas from the point position and was a triple-double machine. After coming to the league in 1959 and 1960, the two gave a tough competition to the Bills for their MVP Awards.
The 1961–62 season may have been the best of many other seasons with Chamberlain averaging 50 points per game, Robertson averaging a triple-double, and yet it was Russell who would win the MVP.
Greatest MVP race ever: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Elgin Baylor
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Second in the 5x MVP with Michael Jordan. Only Karim-Abdul Jabbar has more (6). With his 11 NBA championships in 13 years, Russell is still the most winning athlete on the planet.