Originally Posted by Nites
It's not in any particular order although I would take Shaq, Hakeem, and Duncan over Russell if they were all in their primes today.
Bill Russell's prime lasted for pretty much his entire basketball playing career. As he recently reminded us in one of the best basketball related quotes of all time, part of which read:
"I won back-to-back state championships in high school, back-to-back NCAA championships in college. I won an NBA championship my first year in the league, an NBA championship in my last year, and nine in between."
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Combined, Shaq, Hakeem, and Duncan haven't won as many titles as Russell...and if you want to talk about individual rather than team greatness, he's also got more NBA season MVP awards than Shaq, Hakeen, and Duncan combined.