Originally Posted by jlip
Yeah. I know. Russell is basically the poster child for this thread. Russell even dominated a game before the game was played.
"Bill Russell was so special that he had a direct effect on a playoff series before he ever played a game. In the spring of 1957, the Celtics were scheduled to play the Syracuse Nationals in a first-round, best-of-five affair. The day before the series began, Syracuse coach Paul Seymour made a startling announcement. Starting center Johnny Kerr, a very good ballplayer, would be coming off the bench. It seems that Russell had given him a very hard time during the season.
“I’m just not going to start out giving Russell an advantage,” Seymour reasoned.
I would like to find out more about Wilt's 1972 season. I've heard various respectable and knowledgeable people say that they felt he deserved the MVP that season.
(some of the block estimates might be incorrect, so you might want to take them with a grain of salt)
We also have a Russell spreadsheet (the main site is nbastats.net).