Bill Russell

Bill Russell: A Basket Ball legend

Bill Russell: A Living Legend of NBA Basketball History

Bill Russell was the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics’ dynasty of the 1960s, an uncanny shotblocker who revolutionized NBA defensive concepts. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time All-Star, the angular center amassed 21,620 career rebounds, an average of 22.5 per game and led the league in rebounding four times. Bill Russell had 51 boards in one game, 49 in two others and a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds.

His many individual accolades were well deserved, but they were only products of Russell’s philosophy of team play. His greatest accomplishment was bringing the storied Celtics 11 championships in his 13 seasons. Until the ascent of Michael Jordan in the 1980s, Russell was acclaimed by many as the greatest player in the history of the NBA.

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Life of Bill Russell:

William Felton Russell was born on February 12, 1934, in Monroe, Louisiana. His family moved cross-country to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Bill attended McClymonds High School in Oakland. He was an awkward, unremarkable center on McClymonds’s basketball team, but his size earned him a scholarship to play at the University of San Francisco, where he blossomed.

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Russell grew to be a shade over 6-9, and he teamed with guard K. C. Jones to lead the Dons to 56 consecutive victories and NCAA Championships in 1955 and 1956 (although Jones missed four games of the 1956 tournament because his eligibility had expired). Russell was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 1955.

Bill Russell as player of Basketball:Bill Russell awards

Bill Russell averaged 20.7 points and 20.3 rebounds in his three-year varsity career. By his senior season he had matured into a dominant force who could control a game at the defensive end. With the 1956 NBA Draft approaching, Boston Celtics Coach and General Manager Red Auerbach was eager to add Russell to his lineup. Auerbach had built a high-scoring offensive machine around guards Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman and undersized center Ed Macauley, but he hadn’t been able to muster the defense and rebounding needed to transform the Celtics into a championship-caliber club. Russell, Auerbach felt, was the missing piece to the puzzle.

However, because of their second-place finish the year before, the Celtics would be picking too late in the draft to get Russell. And because Auerbach wanted to use a territorial selection to nab Holy Cross star Tom Heinsohn, Boston would forfeit its first-round pick altogether. So Auerbach began to think trade, and he set his sights on the St. Louis Hawks, who owned the second overall pick in the draft.

Career Statistics:

G

FG%

FT%

Rebs

RPG

Asts

APG

Pts

PPG

963 .440 .561 21,620 22.5 4,100 4.3 14,522 15.1

 

Bill Russell Amazing Awards:

Bill Russell Awards: There is a list of Bill Russell awards. Some of them are

  • Elected to Naismith Basketball Basketball Hall of Fame (1975);
  • NBA champion (1957, ’59, ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’66, ’68, ’69);
  • NBA MVP (1958, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’65); All-NBA First Team (1959, ’63, ’65);
  • Eight-time All-NBA Second Team;
  • NBA All-Defensive Team (1969);
  • 12-time NBA All-Star (1958-69);
  • All-Star MVP (1963);
  • One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996);
  • Olympic gold medalist (1956).

There are other Bill russell awards but only some of them are listed here.

 

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