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Bill RussellBill Russell

Eleven Ring. Bill Russell has more championship rings than he has fingers and was the centerpiece of the success. Russell often gets over looked because he was not the most dominant scorer in the NBA, but few players in history have been better rebounders or defenders. The Celtics would not have had the dynasty they had in the late 50s through the 60s had it not been for Russell. His discipline and athleticism and toughness inside was unlike anybody else’s when he played. Russell was an NBA Most Valuable Player five times, was named a 12-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA player and though he was only selected to one All-Defensive Team because the first-ever All-NBA Defensive Team was named his final season but he is widely regarded one of the best defensive players in history. Russell led the NBA in rebounds five times and finished his 13-year career with 14,522 points (15.1 ppg), 21,620 rebounds (22.5 rpg), 4,100 assists (4.3 apg) and shot 44-percent from the floor. There were not stats kept for blocks when Russell played Russell was said to have perfect the art of blocking a shot and would be at least in the top three of the category had it been kept when he was playing. Russell was also a two-time NCAA Champion and All-American. He is one of just seven players to win an NCAA Championship, NBA Championship and Olympic Gold Medal (1956 Melbourne Olympics). He was a member of the inaugural College Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2006 and was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

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