Greatest NBA player ever: Michael Jordan or Bill Russell? | The Tylt
Greatest NBA player ever: Michael Jordan or Bill Russell?
Stars fade but legends live forever. While there have been NBA players who have performed well in the league, there are few superstars who truly defined the game with their style, unequaled work ethic, and unstoppable skills. The Tylt knows you have your favorite players, but we want to know who you think is the greatest player ever. Click on the bracket to vote on the other debates in his bracket!
There's a reason why His Royal Airness is the considered the greatest player ever, and it wasn't just his gaudy stats or late-game performances.
Jordan brought swag and style that had never been seen in the league before. Whether it was his wagging tongue, acrobatic finishes or intimidating stares, Jordan had a flair that defined an entire generation of NBA players.
Jordan's six championships are still the gold standard for greatness, as well as his ability to add all new skills to improve his game. Many people say they would run over their moms to win a game. Michael Jordan may be the only athlete who actually meant it.
If rings are the standard for greatness, look no further than a man who was the focal point of 11 NBA championship teams.
No one has even come close to hitting that mark, even as a journeyman bench player. Russell stuck it out with Boston and was the star of the team for over a decade. Defensively, no one was able to organize and execute quite like him. There are other players who have scored more points, but no one controlled the game like Russell did on the glass and on the floor.
While Russell is often overlooked, his greatness cannot be ignored—especially if winning is your measuring stick.