There has not been a bigger winner not only in the history of the NBAbut in all of North American professional team sports that the legendary Bill Russell, who died on Sunday at the age of 88.
Recognized as one of the greatest of all time, the longtime Boston Celtics center won 11 NBA titles, two NCAA championships and a gold medal with the USA men’s basketball team. at the 1956 Olympics.
Here are some of the stats that tell of Russell’s incredible 13-year tenure in the NBA and what a great player he was.
3: Russell is one of three players to have been named NBA MVP five or more times, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six) and Michael Jordan (five).
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11: Russell’s 11 league titles are an NBA record. These 11 titles are more than all but two franchises in their history; The Los Angeles Lakers and Celtics both have 17. Two of the championships were won as a player-coach.
12: During his 13-year career, Russell appeared in a record 12 NBA Finals. He also played a record 70 NBA Finals games.
51: In 1960, Russell posted the second most rebounds in a single game, collecting 51 against the Syracuse Nationals. It was one of two games with over 50 rebounds in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain holds the record with 55 rebounds against the Celtics on November 24, 1960.)
30: Those 51 rebounds are above the NBA average of 30 teams per game last season. The Memphis Grizzlies recorded a league-leading 49.2 rebounds per game.
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14: From 1955 to 1969, Russell won 14 titles (11 NBA Finals, two NCAA championships and an Olympic gold medal) and was part of an NBA record eight consecutive titles for the Celtics from 1959 to 1966.
2: Russell is one of only two players in NBA history to have over 20,000 career rebounds, ranking second all-time with 21,620 total rebounds behind Chamberlain (23,924).
22.5: Russell’s average of 22.5 rebounds per game is more than nine rebounds more than today’s active leader in rebounds per game (Andre Drummond, 13.3).
24.9: Despite Russell leading Chamberlain in all-time rebounds per game, the Celtics icon surpasses Chamberlain in average rebounds per game in the playoffs, averaging a game-high 24.9 per game.
ten: Russell has averaged over 20 rebounds per game 10 times in his career, tied with Chamberlain for the most 20 rebounding seasons in NBA history. Aside from Chamberlain and Russell, there have only been five seasons where a player has averaged 20 or more rebounds per game.
13: In each of Russell’s 13 NBA seasons, he averaged more rebounds than points per game.
644: Russell had 644 games with 20+ rebounds, a remarkable 67% of his regular season NBA games played. In the 2021-22 NBA season, there were only 38 games with 20+ rebounds league-wide.
2009: In 2009, the league renamed the NBA Finals MVP award the “Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award” in honor of his historic career.
5: Not limited to NBA success, Russell is one of five players in NCAA history of averaging at least 20 points and 20 rebounds per game in his career.
60: While at the University of San FranciscoRussell helped guide the Dons to 60 straight wins, including two national championships and the first NCAA Tournament champion to record a perfect season.
ten: The ultimate winner, Russell was 10-0 in Game 7 of his NBA career.
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