Tag:Bill Russell
Posted on: July 31, 2008 10:46 am

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.5)

5th greatest NBA player of all-time:

Bill Russell, C

For a dictionary, a winner is the victor in a contest or game.

But for a NBA fan, a winner is Bill Russell, who no doubt is the greatest winner of all-time.

His legacy will be forever remembered as that of a true winner's, and when he retired he took his 11 championship rings with him and immediately was ranked at the top of everyone's lists as the greatest basketball player of all-time.

And although that was so long ago, Bill Russell is still ranked at the top of the lists, because he is as stated, one of the greatest NBA players of all-time.

His defense was probably the best defense the NBA has ever seen from a big man. He averaged a spectacular 22 rebounds per game, and even as a big man he averaged 4 assists per game.

If you are still inconvinced, here are some of his accomplishments that might change your mind:

Bill Russell will forever be remember for 3 things:

1. A great teammate
2. A hardworker on both sides of the court
3. Most of all, a passion to win that no one could match

5. Bill Russell
6. Larry Bird
7. Oscar Robertson
8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajuwon

Coming soon: 4th best player of all-time

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Posted on: July 25, 2008 11:23 pm

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.9)

9th best player of all-time:

Tim Duncan, PF

While some may argue with this decision, the San Antonio Spurs team captain is certainly one of the greatest winners in NBA history. Not only is he a four time NBA champion, he won the Finals MVP in three of those championship winning years.

Very rarely do you see a player who is as smart as The Big Fundamental. Combine smart play, tenacious passion, tough defense, and great rebounding and you get Tim Duncan, who helped turn the Spurs from the local joke to a championship contender. Paired with David Robinson, the Twin Towers made up one of the greatest frontcourts in NBA history, and one that will be hard to match by any team in the future of the NBA.

Duncan is also a great scorer, a very clutch shooter/rebounder, and a great competitor all around. And many will argue that he is the greatest winner since Bill Russell, which I wholeheartedly agree with.

Duncan's accomplishments include:

  • USBWA College Player of the Year (1997)
    Naismith College Player of the Year (1997)
    John Wooden Award (1997)
    ACC Player of the Year (1996, 1997)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
    NBA MVP (2002, 2003)
    NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
    NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)

As stated before, very rarely will you see a player in the NBA with the passion to win, and the smarts to compete at a hall of fame level, which Duncan does, and does well. As long as the San Antonio Spurs have Tim Duncan, the Western Conference should be afraid. Very, very afraid.


10. Hakeem Olajuwon, C
9. Tim Duncan, PF

8th and 7th best players of all-time: Coming tomorrow

Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:30 pm

20 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time

1. Wilt Chamberlain, C
2. Magic Johnson, PG
3. Michael Jordan, SG
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C
5. Bill Russell, C
6. Larry Bird, SF
7. Oscar Robertson, PG
8. Hakeem Olajuwon, C
9. Tim Duncan, PF
10. Shaquille O'Neal, C
11. Jerry West, SG
12. Elgin Baylor, SF
13. Kobe Bryant, SG
14. Julius Erving, SF
15. Karl Malone, PF
16. David Robinson, C 
17. Moses Malone, C
18. Elvin Hayes, PF
19. Pete Maravich, SG
20. John Stockton, PG


Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:11 pm

All-Time NBA Teams

First Team

PG- Magic Johnson (could do it all, played all five positions at one point in his career, great leader)
SG- Michael Jordan (hands down one of the greatest athletes ever, he was great)
SF- Larry Bird (drained threes like free throws, greatest shooter ever)
PF- Tim Duncan (had a calm personality off the court, dominated opponents on the court)
C- Wilt Chamberlain (one of the most dominating centers)

Second Team

PG- Oscar Robertson (great overall game for a point guard)
SG- Jerry West (combined high scoring offense with lockdown defense)
SF- Elgin Baylor (averaged thirteen boards a game... word.)
PF- Karl Malone (made up one of the most feared duos in basketball history, great inside presence)
C- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (so many MVP awards I've lost count, sick sky hook)

Third Team

PG- John Stockton (master passer, threw assists to the Mailman in his sleep)
SG- Kobe Bryant (can make any shot from any location)
SF- Julius Erving (the best doctor and showman in the history of the NBA)
PF- Elvin Hayes (very underrated, great rebounding and defense)
C- Bill Russell (more rings than fingers... sweet)

Posted on: June 2, 2008 10:15 am

NBA Finals Preview and Predictions

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (1) Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers:

PG- Derek Fisher
SG- Kobe Bryant
SF- Vladimir Radmanovic
PF- Lamar Odom
C- Pau Gasol

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Boston Celtics:

PG- Rajon Rondo
SG- Ray Allen
SF- Paul Pierce
PF- Kevin Garnett
C- Kendrick Perkins

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Two of the best dynasties in NBA history, either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics will add another championship ring to their already large collection.

In Los Angeles, the stars went from Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor, to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, to the Shaq days, and now to what you could call the Kobe Bryant era.

In Boston, the stars went from Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek to Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, and slowly to the Big Three era of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.

Now, one of these teams will win again, something that both of these teams sure know how to do.

On one side, you have the surprise team, the Celtics, who made huge changes in the offseason, acquired Garnett from Minnesota, Allen from Seattle, and rolled to the best record in the NBA. Also, a young prospect named Rajon Rondo showed he's not all hype.

On the other side, you have the Lakers, who are down but never out. Led by young prospect Andrew Bynum for the early part of the season, the Lakers looked stronger than ever. However, when tragedy struck and Bynum got injured for the season, the Lakers traded Javaris Crittenton in a package deal to Memphis for big man Pau Gasol. Gasol's impact on the team was amazing, as the Lakers rolled to the best record in the West.

The battle of the number one seeds should be a great one, but a quick one. The Cetlics' road woes throughout the postseason is a major cause of concern, and something the Lakers will look to take advantage of. The Lakers also have a problem, however, with being able to stop all of the Big Three, which will require some great defense throughout the series. Also, will the Celtics be able to stop the phenomenal NBA MVP Kobe Bryant? They did stop LeBron James, but remember that took 7 games to do. And the Lakers, unlike the Cavaliers, have other stars. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom are both excellent options.

If you compare the matchups:

D.Fisher vs. R.Rondo (Advantage Fisher)
K.Bryant vs. R.Allen (Advantage Bryant)
V.Radmanovic vs. P.Pierce (Advantage Pierce)
LOdom vs. K.Garnett (Advantage Garnett)
P.Gasol vs. K.Perkins (Advantage Gasol)

Although the Lakers win the matchup battle three to two, the Rondo-Fisher matchup could really go either way, so the head-to-head matchups don't provide much help after all.

However, if you combine the Kobe Bryant factor, the Celtics' road woes, the Pau Gasol-Lamar Odom factor, the fact that Phil Jackson is still a great coach after all these years, and Doc Rivers is just okay at best, and lastly the fact that the Lakers are simply the better team, then you get the winner...

Prediction: Lakers in 5
NBA Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant

Posted on: March 17, 2008 10:09 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2008 2:49 pm

Harst's Top 5 NBA Teams of All-Time

Here we go (off the top of my head). I'm probably missing some better teams, but here's what I got:

  • 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10) led by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman
  • 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers (69-13) led by Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West
  • 1985-1986 Boston Celtics (67-15) led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish
  • 1986-1987 Los Angeles Lakers (65-17) led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy
  • 1964-1965 Boston Celtics (62-18) led by Bill Russell, John Havlicek

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Posted on: March 14, 2008 6:12 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2008 6:12 pm

Ranking the All-Time Great Centers (NBA Style)

Here we go with the top ten:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Bill Russell
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • David Robinson
  • Moses Malone
  • George Mikan
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Robert Parish

Honorable Mention:

  • Bill Walton
  • Willis Reed


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