Originally Posted by DatAsh
It may be arguable now, as people focus way too much on offensive box score statistics, but it wasn't really arguable back then.
Even Havlicek himself would tell you that.
There's a level of reverence for Russell that will transcend play on the court. In 1968 I think you're probably right...but I think Russell was noticeably a lesser player and I don't think his defense was anywhere near what it once was...even what it was the year prior.