The 25 Most Versatile Players in NBA History

13. Bill Russell

"Official" position: Center
Other position(s) played: Power Forward
Career years: (1956-1969)
Career stats: 15.1 PPG, 22.5 RPG, 4.3 APG
Accolades: 5x NBA MVP, 11x NBA Champion, 12x NBA All-Star, 3x All-NBA First Team, 8x All-NBA Second Team, 1x NBA All-Defensive First Team

While a lack of footage likewise means a modern audience doesn't appreciate Bill Russell as much as we should, the Celtics' legend was more than just the sport's greatest winner. He was a weapon on both ends of the floor, leading his team every night by swatting shot after shot and altering countless others. His mere presence in the paint totally altered games, and his controlled blocks (unlike those that go into the 10th row today) that he directed to teammates helped the Celtics get innumerable fastbreak points. Russell could run the break too, scoring in double figures every game while averaging just 13.4 shots per night for his career.

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