Top 5 Most Famous NBA Stars In The ’60s

By on January 21, 2013

These 5 famous NBA stars of the 1960′s played an important role in modernizing the game, drawing large audiences in the age of proliferating arenas and burgeoning television coverage. From Wilt Chamberlain’s absurd 100-point game to Jerry West’s dribbling effigy that appears on the NBA logo, the most famous NBA players of the 1960′s are some of the best of all time.

Wilt Chamberlain: Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain is a legend. One of the great NBA stars, Wilt averaged an unprecedented 50.4 points per game in the ’61-’62 season, during which he had 100, 78, 73, and 67 point games. Add to that the man has lain with more than 20,000 women and was in “Conan the Destroyer,” and you have yourself one of the most famous NBA players of the 1960′s.

Bill Russell: Along with “The Stilt,” Russell redefined the role of the big man in the NBA. One of the most famous players of the ’60′s, Russell won eleven NBA titles, including eight consecutive ones. When Celtics coach Red Auerbach retired, Russell took over as the team’s manager, becoming the first black team leader in NBA history. Russell averaged 22.5 rebounds per game, taking down 51 in a single game.

Jerry West: Jerry West is one of the most famous NBA players of all time, let alone the 1960′s. The quick-dribbling guard’s famous form served as the template for the NBA’s silhouetted logo of a man running with the ball. West was one of the great shooting guards in NBA history, and only the third player of all time to reach a career totally of more than 25,000 points.

Bob Cousy: Cousy played alongside Bill Russell on the Celtics for five of their eight consecutive titles. Nicknamed the Houdini of the Hardwood, Cousy was a ten-time NBA all star and a fan favorite with the Boston faithful. Called the greatest player of all time by former New York Knicks Coach Joe Lapchick, Cousy was one of the most famous NBA players of the ’60′s.

Oscar Robertson: In his second season in the NBA, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game, thus achieving the phenomenal feat of averaging a triple-double for the course of an entire season. Robertson’s scoring total of 26,710 points is the eight highest total of all time, making him one of the decade’s most famous players.


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