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Old 03-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

I've never seen Bill Russell play, and I would like to get an idea by comparing him to a known player like Dwight Howard. How do they compare?

I don't care who has more rings, more about how is one player better than the other.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

Russel is what a player like Dwight could potentially be if he started caring about winning more than anything else.

That might be unfair because Russel gets the majority of the credit despite the fact that he played with talent , and that probably won't happen for Dwight in his current situation...but if he really committed to transforming the defense of this team and playing a functional role in the offense instead of a unsustainable one...he could be the most impacttful player on the team and definitely a top 3 player along with Durant and Lebron.
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

well russell could get u blocks and keep the ball in play
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

I think Howard is a remarkable defender and could be the closest to Russell in terms of defensive impact...but Russell is in the top 6...hard to say anything other than Russell is better.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

Bill had Dwights defensive impact on the game but with even quicker reflexes and significantly better basketball IQ...so ya...he actually destroys him defensively. Also, Russell could actually catch a ball and handle it in the post or on the break coast to coast (almost no PFs or Cs have ever been able to do this). He came at you like Lebron. Much better passer out of the post as well than Dwight.

Russell crushes all aspects of Dwight Howard.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

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Bill had Dwights defensive impact on the game but with even quicker reflexes and significantly better basketball IQ...so ya...he actually destroys him defensively. Also, Russell could actually catch a ball and handle it in the post or on the break coast to coast (almost no PFs or Cs have ever been able to do this). He came at you like Lebron. Much better passer out of the post as well than Dwight.

Russell crushes all aspects of Dwight Howard.

just saw russ his last couple of seasons. the dude was long past his best days, but he would still make some incredible plays.

He was so intimidating that he could get shooters to hesitate when he wasn't even around. Just about all of the older guys i hung around with in those days - guys that saw Bill Russell in the 50s and early 60s - say he was the best player of that era and was inventing things in basketball that had never been seen before.
There's no comparing Bill Russell with Howard. Howard is a fine player but he doesn't have the fire inside, never did. What I mean, Russell was ferocious.
Had a style about him on the court. He had a way of just hanging around, kinda by the hoop, just off the edge of the paint... slow moving, deceptive.... looked almost lazy in a way.... like a barracuda will do if you've ever deep-snorkeled along off the coast a ways, they will lay off just on the edge of the dark... lazing along, lazing along but then suddenly there's a glitter and a silvery black flash and then WHAM!!
There's a blood cloud in the water and that cuda is circling his already dying prey.

Even though I saw him after his best days, when Wilt was in his best seasons, I could sure see why many people who watched him in his glory days were sure when they said, Bill Russell was the greatest ever.
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

Russell saw the Wizard, Howard has not.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:56 AM   #8
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

Different styles - Howard had more power game than Russell and better FG %, but Russel is better in almost every other department of the game.
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

Russ was better, there's a pretty substantial gap IMO. Dwight is one of my favorite players today though, for sure.

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Different styles - Howard had more power game than Russell and better FG %, but Russel is better in almost every other department of the game.

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Old 03-17-2013, 03:01 AM   #10
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

Russell would eat Howard alive. It's like asking who's better between Jordan and McGrady.
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

Its like asking who is better - J.R. Smith or Jordan
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Russell saw the Wizard, Howard has not.
What I mean is that Russell has a brain, a heart and courage.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:08 AM   #13
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

howard shud be to centers what lebron is to non-center-nba-players, their physics are just so much better; problem is, unlike lebron, howard ist just not that good at this basketball thing..
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Default Re: Who's better, Dwight Howard or Bill Russell?

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well russell could get u blocks and keep the ball in play
Yeah, but its not like Russell had to deal with 7 foot athletic jump shooters and had to make sure he left the paint every 2.9 seconds.

You just can't compare them. The times are too drastically different.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:38 PM   #15
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Yeah, but its not like Russell had to deal with 7 foot athletic jump shooters and had to make sure he left the paint every 2.9 seconds.

You just can't compare them. The times are too drastically different.

And it's not like Dwight Howard had to deal with Wilt Chamberlain.
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