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Old 01-26-2013, 07:20 PM   #34
ThaRegul8r
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Default Re: Basketball Reference finally updated the NBA Finals Stats Boxscores from 1950 to 2012

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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

Russell
23.5ppg-1966
22.9ppg-1962
20.0ppg- 1963
17.8ppg- 1965
17.6ppg-1961

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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