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Old 01-26-2013, 07:20 PM   #34
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Default Re: Basketball Reference finally updated the NBA Finals Stats Boxscores from 1950 to 2012

Originally Posted by jlip
This is what some of us have been trying to tell the "Russell could not score" crowd for a while. It was not his primary job to score, but when the team called on him to do so, he did. He even owns the Finals record for fg% which is 70.2% which was set in 1965. His ft% unlike many other poor shooting big men actually increased from the regular season to the playoffs to the Finals. He also led the Celtics in assists during a couple of those championship runs and owns almost every Finals rebounding record there is. At some point during his career he won a championship leading his team in every available stat other than ft%.

Comparison of Russell's 5 highest scoring Finals to some other all time greats

20.0ppg- 1963
17.8ppg- 1965

53.8% FG, 74% FT, 57.4% TS in '66
54.3% FG, 74.2% FT, 60.5% TS in '62
As already mentioned, a still-record 70.2% FG in '65

Yet people disparage Russell for his scoring and shooting, dismissing him from GOAT contention.
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