The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

2. Bill Russell

Team(s): Celtics
Stats: 165 G, 16.2 PPG, 24.9 RPG, 4.7 APG, 19.4 PER
Playoff accolades: 11x NBA Champion (in 11 Finals appearances)
Playoff highlights

Eleven rings in 11 tries really speaks for itself. There is no greater winner in the history of basketball sports than Russell, whose Celtics teams dominated for the better part of a decade and a half. The big man was in the middle of it all, swatting shots and grabbing rebounds on defense as well as finishing on the other end. Russell had perhaps no finer effort in the playoffs than Game 7 of the 1962 Finals, where he set a single-game record with 40 rebounds to go along with 30 points as the Celtics won the title in overtime against the Lakers. Nobody will ever catch Russell when it comes to proficiency on the glass; his 4,104 career playoff rebounds are over 1,700 more than the next-closest active player (Tim Duncan).

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