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Bill Russell

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1934 (86 years old)

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Monroe, Louisiana

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Forward/Center

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6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)

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220 lb (100 kg)

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William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a twelve-time All-Star, he was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty, winning eleven NBA championships during his thirteen-year career. Russell holds the record for the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league (tied with Henri Richard of the National Hockey League). Before his professional career, Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, and he captained the gold-medal winning U.S. national basketball team at the 1956 Summer Olympics.

Russell is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history. He was 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall, with a 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) wingspan. His shot-blocking and man-to-man defense were major reasons for the Celtics' domination of the NBA during his career. He also inspired his teammates to elevate their own defensive play. Russell was equally notable for his rebounding abilities. He led the NBA in rebounds four times, had a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds, and remains second all-time in both total rebounds and rebounds per game. He is one of just two NBA players (the other being prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain) to have grabbed more than 50 rebounds in a game. Russell was never the focal point of the Celtics' offense, but he did score 14,522 career points and provided effective passing.

Russell played in the wake of pioneers like Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, and Sweetwater Clifton, and he was the first African American player to achieve superstar status in the NBA. He also served a three-season (1966–69) stint as player-coach for the Celtics, becoming the first African-American coach in North American pro sports and the first to win a world championship. In 2011, Barack Obama awarded Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his accomplishments on the court and in the Civil Rights Movement.

Russell is one of seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic gold medal. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was selected into the NBA 25th Anniversary Team in 1971 and the NBA 35th Anniversary Team in 1980, and named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, one of only four players to receive all three honors. In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame. In Russell's honor the NBA renamed the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy in 2009: it is now the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.


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Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1968-196995

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1968-19694,120

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1968-19691,853

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1968-1969472

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1968-1969957


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1967-196897

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1967-19683,822

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1967-19681,885

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1967-1968456

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1967-19681,251


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1966-196790

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1966-19673,687

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1966-19671,898

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1966-1967522

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1966-19671,170


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1965-196695

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1965-19664,200

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1965-19662,207

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1965-1966456

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1965-19661,329


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1964-196590

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1964-19654,027

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1964-19652,180

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1964-1965486

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1964-19651,300


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1963-196488

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1963-19643,933

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1963-19642,202

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1963-1964414

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1963-19641,299


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1962-196391

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1962-19634,117

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1962-19632,169

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1962-1963414

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1962-19631,573


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1961-196290

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1961-19624,105

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1961-19622,160

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1961-1962411

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1961-19621,750


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1960-196188

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1960-19613,920

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1960-19612,167

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1960-1961316

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1960-19611,513


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1959-196087

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1959-19603,718

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1959-19602,114

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1959-1960315

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1959-19601,591


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1958-195981

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1958-19593,475

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1958-19591,917

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1958-1959262

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1958-19591,339


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1957-195878

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1957-19582,995

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1957-19581,785

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1957-1958226

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1957-19581,278


Boston CelticsAppearancesNBA1956-195758

Boston CelticsMinutes PlayedNBA1956-19572,104

Boston CelticsReboundsNBA1956-19571,187

Boston CelticsAssistsNBA1956-1957120

Boston CelticsPointsNBA1956-1957845


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