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.

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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 2016-17
LeBron James:
2004 to 2017
Bill Russell:
1957 to 1969

NBA Championships and Seasons

LeBron James 3
Bill Russell 11
LeBron James 14
Bill Russell 13
LeBron James 11
Bill Russell 13
LeBron James 12
Bill Russell 12

Honors and Awards

LeBron James 4
Bill Russell 5
LeBron James 3
Bill Russell 0
*
LeBron James 10
Bill Russell 3
All-NBA Teams
(Total Selections)
LeBron James 12
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 27.1
Bill Russell 15.1

LeBron James 7.2
Bill Russell 22.5

LeBron James 6.9
Bill Russell 4.3

LeBron James 1.7
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 0.8
Bill Russell -

n/a **

Totals Stats

LeBron James 27,202
Bill Russell 14,522

LeBron James 7,193
Bill Russell 21,620

LeBron James 6,960
Bill Russell 4,100

LeBron James 1,675
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 780
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 1,003
Bill Russell 963

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
LeBron James .498
Bill Russell .440

3-Point Percentage
LeBron James .340
Bill Russell -

n/a **
Free Throw Percentage
LeBron James .743
Bill Russell .561

Best Season (no game minimum)

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

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

LeBron James 9.1
(2017)
Bill Russell 5.8
(1967)

LeBron James 2.2
(2005)
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 1.1
(2009)
Bill Russell -

n/a **

NBA Playoffs Stats

Stats Per Game

LeBron James 28.0
Bill Russell 16.2

LeBron James 8.8
Bill Russell 24.9

LeBron James 6.8
Bill Russell 4.7

LeBron James 1.8
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 0.9
Bill Russell -

n/a **

Totals Stats

LeBron James 5,572
Bill Russell 2,673

LeBron James 1,758
Bill Russell 4,104

LeBron James 1,348
Bill Russell 770

LeBron James 354
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 186
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 199
Bill Russell 165

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
LeBron James .478
Bill Russell .430

3-Point Percentage
LeBron James .321
Bill Russell -

n/a **
Free Throw Percentage
LeBron James .746
Bill Russell .603

Best Playoffs (no game minimum)

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

LeBron James 11.3
(2015)
Bill Russell 29.9
(1961)

LeBron James 8.5
(2015)
Bill Russell 6.3
(1965)

LeBron James 2.3
(2016)
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 1.8
(2010)
Bill Russell -

n/a **
Notes: ** Blocks and steals started to be recorded in 1973-74, this player has no data for the stat.
Three-point shots were implemented in 1979-80, this player has no data for the stat.