Bill Russell tops this list without a doubt. Drafted in 1956 by the St Louis Hawks after Sihugo Green, Russell annihilated the league. He has 11 championships with the Boston Celtics in 13 seasons. He is a five time MVP with 12 all star appearances and career averaged... 22.5 rebounds per game.
Russell's 51 rebounds in a single game is the second highest performance ever, only trailing Wilt Chamberlain's all-time record of 55.
Russell is universally seen as one of the best NBA players ever.