LeBron James vs. Bill Russell Comparison:

Head-to-head comparison between the NBA stars Bill Russell and LeBron James that includes championships won, honors and awards obtained, regular season and playoffs stats and other data put side by side.

Who scored more points in his career? Who averaged more points in playoffs? Who won more championships? Who led the season more times? Who won more MVP awards? Those questions and many more, are answered here. It includes NBA Championships, seasons, playoffs, awards, statistical data for points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and percentages.

Head To Head Comparison

1946-47 NBA Timeline 2014-15
LeBron James:
2004 to 2015
Bill Russell:
1957 to 1969

NBA Championships and Seasons

NBA Championships
LeBron James 2
Bill Russell 11
NBA Seasons
LeBron James 12
Bill Russell 13
Playoffs Played
LeBron James 10
Bill Russell 13
All-Star Games
LeBron James 11
Bill Russell 12

Honors and Awards

LeBron James 4
Bill Russell 5
LeBron James 2
Bill Russell 0
*
LeBron James 8
Bill Russell 3
All-NBA Teams
(Total Selections)
LeBron James 10
Bill Russell 11
LeBron James 5
Bill Russell 1
*
All-Defensive Teams
(Total Selections)
LeBron James 6
Bill Russell 1
LeBron James 1
Bill Russell 0
LeBron James 0
Bill Russell 4
LeBron James 1
Bill Russell 0
* Notes: Finals MVP and Defensive Teams awarded since 1968-69.

NBA Regular Season Stats

Stats Per Game

LeBron James 27.3  
Bill Russell 15.1  

LeBron James 7.1  
Bill Russell 22.5  

LeBron James 6.9  
Bill Russell 4.3  

Totals Stats

LeBron James 24,913  
Bill Russell 14,522  

LeBron James 6,502  
Bill Russell 21,620  

LeBron James 6,302  
Bill Russell 4,100  

Total Games
LeBron James 911  
Bill Russell 963  

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
LeBron James .496  
Bill Russell .440  

Free Throw Percentage
LeBron James .745  
Bill Russell .561  

Best Season

LeBron James 31.4  
(2006)
Bill Russell 18.9  
(1962)

LeBron James 8.0  
(2013)
Bill Russell 24.7  
(1964)

LeBron James 8.6  
(2010)
Bill Russell 5.8  
(1967)

NBA Playoffs Stats

Stats Per Game

LeBron James 28.0  
Bill Russell 16.2  

LeBron James 8.4  
Bill Russell 24.9  

LeBron James 6.4  
Bill Russell 4.7  

Totals Stats

LeBron James 4,500  
Bill Russell 2,673  

LeBron James 1,358  
Bill Russell 4,104  

LeBron James 1,037  
Bill Russell 770  

Total Games
LeBron James 161  
Bill Russell 165  

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
LeBron James .482  
Bill Russell .430  

Free Throw Percentage
LeBron James .756  
Bill Russell .603  

Best Playoffs

LeBron James 35.3  
(2009)
Bill Russell 22.4  
(1962)

LeBron James 9.7  
(2012)
Bill Russell 29.9  
(1961)

LeBron James 8.0  
(2007)
Bill Russell 6.3  
(1965)

Notes: - Blocks and steals started to be recorded in 1973-74, they are not compared here.
- Three-point shots were implemented in 1979-80, they are not compared here.