Historical Bill Russell Milestones
Bill Russell will forever be known as the greatest winner the sport of basketball has ever seen. From beginning to end, Russell’s illustrious career has been filled with victories and championship rings of all sorts. The opposing team was the least of Russell’s worries growing up. Born in a highly segregated Louisiana town during the height of racial unrest, Russell and his family moved out to California in hopes of a new worry-free life but they only found themselves engulfed in poverty. Bill Russell was considered a raw talent on the hardwood throughout high school but really began to develop his skills as a center while helping his high school win back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior. The two-time state champion was not highly recruited out of school but went on to sign a letter of intent at the University of San Francisco. USF was the only school to offer Russell a spot on their basketball team and they did not regret it. Russell was one of the most dominant players in the history of college basketball, winning two national championships with San Francisco and averaging over 20 points and 20 rebounds per game during his collegiate career. Legendary Celtics head coach Red Auerbach made one of the greatest trades in Boston history as he traded up to take Russell second overall in the 1956 NBA Draft. Bill Russell went on to have one of the greatest careers the city of Boston and the NBA have ever seen. The former San Francisco Don only played 13 years in the NBA, but he made the absolutely best of them. Russell is best known for winning the most NBA championships out of any basketball player who ever graced the league. Russell’s 11 NBA Finals wins are the most to this day. On an individual scale, the 11 time NBA champion put together an incredible performance. Bill Russell was the winner of five NBA MVP awards and was named an NBA All-Star in 12 of his 13 years in the pros. The legendary center finished his career averaging 15.1 points and 22.5 rebounds per game as well as finishing second in NBA history in total rebounds.
Russell’s name was engraved in NBA history in 1975 as he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Hall of Fame center’s legendary number 6 was retired by the Celtics in 1972 and hangs in the rafters in Boston never to be worn again.
Collecting Bill Russell Memorabilia