The 25 Most Clutch Players in NBA Finals History

2. Bill Russell

Career Playoff Stats: 16.2 PPG 24.9 RPG 4.7 APG
Finals Stats: 16.5 PPG* (only Finals stats available)
Finals Appearances: 11
Championships: 11
Finals MVPs Won: N/A
10-0 in Game 7s (1-0 in Game 5s), 11 for 11 in Finals appearances including 9 straight. In those eleven "win or go home" games, Russell averaged 18 points and 29 rebounds per game. That's really all that should be said. Bill Russell turned defense and rebounding into an art form. He was 6'9", 220 pounds and played center against giants like Wilt Chamberlain and Walt Bellamy, but he was always the smartest player on the floor.

Bill used his cerebral powers to lead the Celtics to back-to-back titles in '68 and '69 as a player/coach. He holds the record for most rebounds in the Finals with 40 and he did it twice. He also grabbed 30 rebounds in 3 straight games during the 1959 Finals vs. the Lakers, 30 rebounds in 15 straight Finals games between 1960-1963 and holds the highest rebounding average for a Finals with 29.5 vs. Lakers in 1959. He most likely would've held all the blocks records, but they didn't count them back then. On top of all that, the NBA Finals MVP award was renamed the "Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award" in his honor.

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