MJ couldn't win until he got the Coach and side kick, look at those two rosters and coaches and there is no ring.
Put West, Oscar, Wilt, Pettit on the C's as a rookie the same year as Bill. C's don't lose in 58 to the Hawks without Petit leading the way. As long as Wilt remained interested the C's wouldn't lose either. Probably a West led C's would have lost lost to Philly in '67, but probably not an Oscar team.
sorry - like all great teams, it takes a bunch of guys at different jobs to do it. Bill to his credit didn't get distracted like Wilt who was easily Bill's physical superior. Bill worked very hard and was clutch. But his foul shooting still stunk. His offensive abilities against inferior competition is perplexing.
Take away the high pace C's of 1957-1965, the Coach, the GM, the Owner, and the remainder of the NBA teams - lacking history, lacking leadership - none could mount a serious threat except the Lakers towards the end (from a much weaker conference). Wilt's teams got injuries/cold feet in 3 of Bill's last 4 years - and Wilt added his own key chokes. The lack of the other teams was as big as the greatness of the C's. Like another poster here to personify all this into Bill Russell is an insult to the rest of organization, and Bill himself would refuse to accept such a conclusion since he was there. I was there as a fan his last 5 years. Later a college player and AAU Coach and fan/historian for over 50 years, the first 15 or so as a Bill Russell is the GOAT'er. He's not, Hakeem is the All around GOAT Center, and it isn't even that close. Some had more impact on one side of the ball, none played against better competition, and none functioned in all areas better then Hakeem - just too bad we never got to see Hakeem in an up-tempo system - except his own forays in the Finals vs the C's.