William Felton Russell, who famously went by Bill, is one of one. The Boston Celtics legend is arguably the first and still the strongest pillar in the game of basketball.
Bill Russell might be the only athlete on the planet who probably has the best resume in his sport, and yet, he had a major impact off the court if not better.
One of the biggest and longest-serving legends of the fight against racism, Russell peacefully passed away on Sunday, 31st July at age 88.
Bill Russell passed away Sunday. He was 88-years old.
The 5-time MVP won 11 titles, more than any player in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/lZKadWv4GK
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 31, 2022
He left behind a legacy that will be remembered until there are living souls on this planet dribbling a basketball.
Reminiscing how great he was on the court in his 13-year NBA career, which saw success like nobody ever did or no one ever will, let us remember probably his best ever and least probable MVP season.
Bill Russell won an MVP over 50 PPG Wilt Chamberlain and triple-double averaging Oscar Robertson
Bill played basketball in the era which is argued to be the easiest to date. But still, the physicality in that era is still incomparable. And at 6’10 having Olympic high jumpers and sprinters-like athleticism, Russell was a cheat code that no one was able to crack.
The 11x NBA champ dominated the board and the paint like nobody had ever seen. He was the best shot blocker, man-to-man defender, and rebounder on the court irrespective of the opposition. And yet, he averaged over 15 points and 4 assists as well.
He could also impact the game in multiple areas from the point position and was a triple-double machine. Both of them gave Bill tough competition for his MVP awards after coming into the league in 1959 and 1960.
1961-62 season might have been the best one among many others in which Chamberlain averaged 50 points per game, Robertson averaged a triple-double, and yet it was Russell who would win the MVP.
The greatest MVP race of all-time: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Elgin Baylor
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 9, 2020
The 5x MVP has the second most number of those, alongside Michael Jordan. Only Kareem-Abdul Jabbar has more (6). Russell with his 11 NBA championships in 13 years is still the winningest athlete on the planet.