Bill Russell Won 11 NBA champion in 1957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969, and was awarded 5 NBA Most Valuable Player in 1958, 1961–1963, 1965. He is one of just two NBA players to have grabbed more than 50 rebounds in a game. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. In Russell's honor, the NBA renamed the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy in 2009 to Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. In 2021, Russell was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his coaching career.