Before 1999-00, Bill Russell had the most wins in the NBA Finals, with 45 wins.

which player has most finals games won before 2000
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NAMESERIESGPWMPGPPGRPGAPGSPGBPGTPGFGMFGAFG%3PM3PA3P%FTMFTAFT%MINPTSREBASTSTLBLKTOVPF+/-
Bill RussellBill RussellNBA Finals704545.516.424.55.913.045.64.67.561.33,1851,1511,718225
Sam JonesSam JonesNBA Finals644229.217.94.97.215.546.13.54.382.21,8711,143312151
Tom HeinsohnTom HeinsohnNBA Finals523430.819.99.17.819.540.14.35.774.21,6021,035473209
John HavlicekJohn HavlicekNBA Finals473139.821.77.44.11.20.28.319.742.15.16.084.81,8721,020350195153154
K.C. JonesK.C. JonesNBA Finals443022.06.52.52.56.239.91.62.371.0969287110128
Frank RamseyFrank RamseyNBA Finals473024.613.54.84.711.341.34.15.181.51,158634224178
Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-JabbarNBA Finals562937.223.59.13.20.92.22.79.718.652.30.00.00.04.15.870.02,0821,31750718145116121196
Tom SandersTom SandersNBA Finals432926.210.56.41.24.39.346.11.92.673.51,12645327750179
Bob CousyBob CousyNBA Finals422639.017.05.09.56.118.233.74.76.177.01,639713210397114
Michael JordanMichael JordanNBA Finals352443.033.66.06.01.80.72.812.526.048.11.23.336.87.49.180.61,5061,176211209622399103+45
Scottie PippenScottie PippenNBA Finals352442.019.08.35.91.91.13.37.016.542.50.93.325.64.15.474.71,4706642922076739117118+38
Magic JohnsonMagic JohnsonNBA Finals502440.919.47.911.72.00.33.86.813.151.60.20.823.75.76.587.42,04497139758410216190147
Michael CooperMichael CooperNBA Finals462330.610.32.93.91.30.41.33.98.744.70.82.038.01.82.280.61,406474135178592060159
Slater MartinSlater MartinNBA Finals38239.93.33.44.968.4378148
Dennis RodmanDennis RodmanNBA Finals332227.84.98.91.30.80.41.31.83.848.00.00.214.31.22.256.391816329442261442129+4
Jerry WestJerry WestNBA Finals552243.330.55.05.611.124.245.98.310.082.62,3801,679277306159
Don NelsonDon NelsonNBA Finals382119.98.45.21.10.20.03.27.145.02.02.774.07573191994320103
George MikanGeorge MikanNBA Finals312023.97.88.410.579.4741145
Dennis JohnsonDennis JohnsonNBA Finals371940.118.34.76.21.31.12.76.816.342.00.21.016.04.55.581.01,4836761752284839100106
Jim PollardJim PollardNBA Finals291913.44.83.95.274.238896
Kurt RambisKurt RambisNBA Finals341817.15.65.20.60.60.41.12.34.353.10.00.01.01.757.65821901762219143692
Larry SiegfriedLarry SiegfriedNBA Finals281823.211.72.22.84.210.540.13.33.982.7650327617791
Bill SharmanBill SharmanNBA Finals291832.119.83.37.718.042.84.34.792.69315749665
Jim LoscutoffJim LoscutoffNBA Finals251717.96.25.42.78.033.50.81.556.8447155135101
Steve KerrSteve KerrNBA Finals231617.33.80.71.20.30.00.51.33.834.10.62.326.40.60.787.5398881728711129+19