2. Bill Russell (1956-69)
To me, at this very moment, there are only two guys who can be considered the greatest of all-time.
One of them is Bill Russell.
Granted, it’s tough to put a list like this together and thing each era was the same. It’s not even close.
During Russell’s days there just simply wasn’t the competition today’s stars face. Regardless, his 11 NBA titles and eight in a row is something of plain genius.
He is, without any argument, the most prolific winner in the history of American professional sports.
This five-time NBA MVP is second in career rebounds (21,620) and would be first in career blocks if they tracked the stat back in his day.
Russell is most likely the best defensive basketball player in history. Evidence of this is obvious every time you reference a big game when he and Chamberlain went head to head.
Russell owned Chamberlain in these games.