First off to start this article. For all those who do not think that this is a debate that has been very competitive and talked about for then any other debate in NBA history?
Well even Wikipedia has a page on the Chamberlain vs. Russell rivalry.
Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, the two best centers to ever play the game.
No matter who you compare the two, or who you choose, both centers have done enough in careers to make either one of them, the best center to ever play the game.
Whether is was Wilt, the scoring machine who could score 60 or more points with ease.
Or, there was Russell, the rebounding magnet, and the perfect teammate. Oh yeah, he also won 11 NBA Championships in his 13-year career.
There have been many articles on this website comparing the two, but I am hoping this article can give you a different perception on the debate between who was the better player.
Here is a quick, no statistical bio, comparing the two different types of players we are talking about, before we compare.
Wilt was the more talented of the two, and no one can or will deny that has played with or against the two. Russell always gave his Celtics the best chance to win a title.
Wilt was the better player in the regular season, whereas Russell flourished in the playoffs.
Wilt was non-existent in clutch or key situations, whereas Russell thrived in the intense situations.
Wilt averaged 50 points a game in the 1961-62 season, that same season Russell was named the league's Most Valuable Player.
Wilt was all about the stats, and many points or rebounds he got. Russell was simply obsessed with winning and winning titles.
Chamberlain only cared what critics thought of him. Russell only cared what his teammates though of him.
Wilt won two NBA titles. Russell won 11.
As for how the list works, I will splitting it into six slides. The six slides with be the most unique and different perspectives on the two players.
Some of these ideas have been compiled throughout the different articles and stories I have read comparing these two plays.
Before anyone comments, "I am a Russell homer", I am not. I am the biggest Wilt Chamberlain homer there is. He is my favorite player ever since I was a young kid.
I have memorized important dates of his accomplishments and even spent most of my money on a Wilt-autographed, game-used jersey. So I am the furthest thing from a Russell fan.
I just am telling it how it is.