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Bahston asked in SportsBasketball · 8 years ago

Bill Russell or Larry bird?

20 Answers

  • 8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Larry Bird. He was good at everything skill wise. He was a great scorer especially from outside (one of the greatest shooters ever) as well as a pretty good corer inside. He was a great passer( 6.3 assists per game career average), not something that small forewards are traditionally for. His career average of 10 boards per game tells how much of a good rebounder he was,too. He was also really good at stealing. The only thing he lacked was athleticism, and because of that he wasnt able to be a great onball defender. Bill russell on the other hand wasnt spectacular in anything besides defense and rebounding. Yeah i get it he won 11 rings in his 13 year career but it wasnt like he did it by himself. He had a bunch of hall of famers as his support cast and was apart of a team that was on another planet compared to the rest 9 teams in the league. I do appreciate russell for being propably the best defender in league history and as being one of the best rebounders too, but i do think that larry bird is a better overall player.

  • 8 years ago

    Larry Bird

    Best all around player ever!

    Red Aurabauch said that if he had to pick 1 player from the history of the NBA to start a team with it would be Larry Bird.

    Plus Russel's teams were packed with Hall of Famers, 6 on his team at any given time. The Celtics won 11 rings, not Russel by himself.

    Plus Russel shot 42% FROM THE FIELD CAREER!

    And Red Coached Russel for 9 years.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    To build a team around I would take Bill Russell, I would also take him for defense. Scoring wise Larry Bird is better.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Two completely different players cannot really say which is better because they are different positions

    More impact on the league: Bill Russel

    Better overall player: Larry Bird because of shooting ability and white man swag

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  • 8 years ago

    I go with Larry Bird. Russel had deep bench in his entire career & the 80s era was stronger compare to the 60s era.

  • 8 years ago

    I would choose Bill Russell because he not only changed the dynamic of the league and led the celtics into a dynasty of NBA championships but he was a strong defender and could also score with made him the perfect pack and he also had size to but bird isnt that bad either but from a celtic fan and a basketball fan Bill would be a bigger piece

    Source(s): Celtic Fan
  • 8 years ago

    Thats tough. Bill russell re evoulutionized how we thought bout centers. Id want larry bird on my team as a player. But bill rusell was a big leader.

    Source(s): Nba
  • 8 years ago

    Bill Russell(11 Rings)

  • Dr. J.
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    If I had the choice of either player to start my team , I would go with Larry Bird barely. I personally think Bill Russell as a player is slightly overrated (Wilt dominated the individual statistics), but no one can doubt the championship teams he was on.

  • AGM
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Bill Russell

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