A five time NBA Most Valuable Player and a twelve time All Star, Russell was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty, winning eleven NBA championships during his thirteen year career. Won 11 NBA titles, 5 MVP awards, Olympic Gold and I believe an NCAA title at San Francisco. Bill Russell was the greatest defender in league history as well as its greatest winner and leader. He was the first Black player to win a title as player/coach. He played during a time when it was difficult to be an African American in the city of Boston. The Finals MVP is named after Bill Russell and rightfully so. There will never be a greater winner. He was also a tremendous rebounder for his size.