Bill Russell

1934 - Today

Bill Russell

William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American former professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time All-Star, he was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA championships during his 13-year career. Russell and Henri Richard of the National Hockey League are tied for the record of the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league. Russell led the San Francisco Dons to two consecutive NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, and he captained the gold-medal winning U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Russell has received more than 6,634,764 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 5th most popular basketball player.

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  • 47

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  • 5.15

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Among basketball players, Bill Russell ranks 5 out of 925Before him are Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O'Neal. After him are Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Dražen Petrović, and Radivoj Korać.

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Among people born in 1934, Bill Russell ranks 51Before him are Diana Wynne Jones, Jonas Savimbi, Louise Fletcher, Alfred Schnittke, Brian Epstein, and Allen Carr. After him are Bettino Craxi, Carlo Rubbia, Rudolf Schuster, Hans Hollein, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Heng Samrin.

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Among people born in United States, Bill Russell ranks 1,021 out of 12,171Before him are Powers Boothe (1948), Gene Sharp (1928), James Brendan Connolly (1868), Scott Wilson (1942), Paul Flory (1910), and Billy Joel (1949). After him are Herbert A. Hauptman (1917), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Lawrence Klein (1920), Martha Washington (1731), Richard Barthelmess (1895), and William Friedkin (1935).


Among basketball players born in United States, Bill Russell ranks 5Before him are Michael Jordan (1963), Wilt Chamberlain (1936), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), and Shaquille O'Neal (1972). After him are Magic Johnson (1959), Dennis Rodman (1961), Oscar Robertson (1938), Jerry West (1938), Larry Bird (1956), Julius Erving (1950), and Kobe Bryant (1978).

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