As good as Bill Russell was at collecting NBA World Championship titles, he also excelled at collecting individual hardware. He earned the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in the 1957-58, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63 and 1964-65 seasons. Russell became the first player to win NBA MVP in three straight seasons – a feat matched only by Wilt Chamberlain and fellow Celtics legend Larry Bird. Russell’s five total MVP awards have been matched only by Michael Jordan and surpassed only by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with six total.
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