Re: Bill Russell and today's athletes
posted at 12/1/2010 11:09 AM EST
In Response to Re: Bill Russell and today's athletes
[QUOTE]Make no mistake, I thing Russell is a God, however, the Era issue does make a difference.
Posted by TeamUmbutu[/QUOTE]
well, somewhat. but you can assume that from era to era, shak would not be as large in the 60s as he is now, just as you could assume that a modern day russell would be larger. no urgent need to analyze in a vacum, right?
one thing is for sure, imagine your best modern day help / mop up / accident prevention shot blocker- and russell would have been AT LEAST twice the blocked shot artist. he was that then and would have been that now too.
to deal with the modern rigors, he would have been 20 or 25 pounds heavier like you say, all muscle, and still able to swat not only his man's shots, but recover and help on other teamates' men who get by them, and attack many things in an open court scenario that are never touched these days.
how many BPG would russell be today, or how many was he back then? the answer for either is more than mark eaton or olajuwon ever was. even manute bol was a game changer, all 2.8 ppg of him. russell fashioned himself as a psychological assassin and he did that mostly through psychologically debilitating opponents with blocked shots all over the floor.
he STILL would do that in today's game, rule changes and all. just imagine the modern game with a 6 or 7 BPG nightly force. the league has never seen it, since russell or wilt. and of the two, russell would still do it today, not sure about wilt.
just imagine a scaled up ben wallace- and ben averaged 3.5 blocks at his peak. i dare say that russell would double that in the modern game, and maybe then some.