Top Ten NBA Players from the Bill Russell Era

These are the best players from 1946 to 1969. The players from this list MUST be in the range of this era. So don't put Kobe or Jordan or LeBron or Magic.

The Top Ten

1 Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . more.

Wilt was so tired of being called selfish that one year he decided to lead the league in assists. That is just amazing. - phillysports

That is astounding! How can a pivot lead the league in assists? The opponents must have seriously triple teamed Wilt - Ned964

In this era he scored 100. He was Bill Russell's rival and Russell often said he was jealous of Chamberlain. - 2storm

Only player to ever record a "Double Quadruple", with 40 points and 40 rebounds- he did it 8 different times!

2 Oscar Robertson Oscar Robertson Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.

He averaged a dang triple double. He had to be the best player in this era and has to be top 5 all time no doubt. - 2storm

He was the first complete player - Ned964

While I think that Oscar Robertson is truely an all time great I think Wilt Chamerberlin is still better

3 Bill Russell Bill Russell William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.

This is a very good list. I was having such a hard time deciding which player to vote for I finally just gave it to the man the era is named for... he truly was a defensive force, a largely forgotten aspect of the game. - Ned964

The man people name this era after. The absolute best defensive player of all time. He was so dominant in the early NBA - 2storm

4 Jerry West Jerry West Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

West had to be one of the best players ever and efficient players ever. West lead his team and provided one of the only threats to the Celtics. - 2storm

Take a look at his lifetime stats, then note that as a long-range shooter, he did it without the 3-point shot.
In the 3-point era, his buzzer-beating 64-footer to force overtime in the 1970 NBA Finals would have won him a championship.

5 Bob Cousy Bob Cousy

In my opinion Russell would be nothing without Cousy. He was known as the Houdini of the Hardwood for a reason. Like everybody on the list he revolutionized this game. - 2storm

I don't know much about him, I've seen a little film. He is revered in Beantown - Ned964

6 George Mikan George Mikan

The first NBA superstar. He was the ultimate pioneer and one of the greatest post players of all-time. - 2storm

Not part of the Russell era. - peaceswagtv

7 John Havlicek John Havlicek John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.

Got to see him play right at the end of his career and he was still very good. - Ned964

He was pretty much Larry Bird - 2storm

8 Elgin Baylor Elgin Baylor

I believe he played his college hoops at Minnesota, so there's that connection, but I never saw him play. I do know he was a brilliant player in his prime - Ned964

Really crafty star from this era and helped Jerry West. - 2storm

9 Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association.

Who in their right minds would add this - UltraGamer



10 Bob Pettit Bob Pettit

He was one of the better players from this era. - 2storm

The Contenders

11 Willis Reed

Maybe not the best, but he was pretty dang famous - 2storm

12 Nate Thurmond Nate Thurmond

Far better than any center in the NBA today. In all probability is the #3 shotblocker of all time [behind Chamberlain and Russell]. A shame he had to play in their shadow.

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