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? These 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 Career Comparison

NBA Timeline:
1946-47
2021-22
LeBron James:
2004 to 2021
Bill Russell:
1957 to 1969

NBA Championships and Seasons

LeBron James 4
Bill Russell 11
LeBron James 18
Bill Russell 13
LeBron James 15
Bill Russell 13
LeBron James 17
Bill Russell 12

Honors and Awards

LeBron James 4
Bill Russell 5
LeBron James 4
Bill Russell 0
*
LeBron James 13
Bill Russell 3
All-NBA Teams
(Total Selections)
LeBron James 17
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
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 27.0
Bill Russell 15.1

LeBron James 7.4
Bill Russell 22.5

LeBron James 7.4
Bill Russell 4.3

LeBron James 1.6
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 0.7
Bill Russell -

n/a **

Totals Stats

LeBron James 35,367
Bill Russell 14,522

LeBron James 9,751
Bill Russell 21,620

LeBron James 9,696
Bill Russell 4,100

LeBron James 2,063
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 982
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 1,310
Bill Russell 963

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
LeBron James .504
Bill Russell .440

3-Point Percentage
LeBron James .345
Bill Russell -

n/a **
Free Throw Percentage
LeBron James .733
Bill Russell .561

Best Season (no game minimum)

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

LeBron James 8.6
(2018)
Bill Russell 24.7
(1964)

LeBron James 10.2
(2020)
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 28.7
Bill Russell 16.2

LeBron James 9.0
Bill Russell 24.9

LeBron James 7.2
Bill Russell 4.7

LeBron James 1.7
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 0.9
Bill Russell -

n/a **

Totals Stats

LeBron James 7,631
Bill Russell 2,673

LeBron James 2,391
Bill Russell 4,104

LeBron James 1,919
Bill Russell 770

LeBron James 454
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 252
Bill Russell -

n/a **
LeBron James 266
Bill Russell 165

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
LeBron James .495
Bill Russell .430

3-Point Percentage
LeBron James .337
Bill Russell -

n/a **
Free Throw Percentage
LeBron James .740
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 9.0
(2018)
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.