I was thinking about this the other day, and I have had him in my top ten lists in the past, but have now decided to take him out. The main reasoning for this was that I started thinking about if you replaced either Shaq, Duncan, or Hakeem with him...how many titles would those old Celtic teams have won? I felt like they would have won like 15 at least with any of those 3 players. Put Russell on either of their championship teams and would those teams still have won titles?
Russell on the 1995-96 Rockets???
Russell on the 2000-2002 Lakers???
Russell on the 1999, 2003, 2005, or 2007 Spurs???
My guess is that these teams wouldn't win titles with him. Russell was a great defensive player and all, and def one of the best to ever play the game, but top ten...it's a little hard to put put him over guys like Shaq, Duncan, and Hakeem knowing that he most likely wouldn't have won titles in their place and they could have easily won more in his place. Hell, even Robinson or Malone might have won more than 11 titles on those Celtic teams.