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
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.