When you think about the best NBA player of all time, your mind is full of names like Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and others. But when you think of the most “dominant” NBA player of all time, there should probably be only one named that comes into your head and that is Wilt Chamberlain. Here I will look at the life and career of one of the best and most dominant athletes ever.
From his youth, Wilt was an incredible athlete and excelled in track and field as a child. But eventually, as Wilt was a very tall child, he took an interest in basketball and soon began to play the sport. In fact, he was six feet tall at ten years old and by the time he got to high school, he was a massive 6’11. His natural advantage against his peers was enormous and he dominated with his scoring, rebounding, blocking and more. Through his 3 years at the school he averaged over 37 ppg and as a result, over 200 schools tried to recruit him, but he ultimately chose to go to Kansas.
After dominating in college (even though teams routinely put three defenders on him), he joined the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959 and immediately became the highest paid player in the league. He was so good, even from an early age, that he won the MVP in his rookie season. While his entire career was about as dominant as he comes, there is one particular night in which he is without a doubt most famous for.
Wilt’s 100 point night came on March 2nd 1962 and is still thought to be perhaps the most dominant single game performance by any athlete ever. However, his entire 1962 season was pure madness as he averaged over 50 points a game and over 25 rebounds a game. No one other than him has averaged even 40 points a game, let alone 50.
While his competition had no chance against a man of his size (7’1 and over 275 lbs), you can’t deny his numbers throughout his career were impressive. Wilt Chamberlain is the only player to average 30 points a game and 20 rebounds a game in a season and he accomplished the feat an amazing seven different times. Not only that, but his career averages are over that amount, which is simply unheard of. Not only did he have good stats throughout his career, but he also managed to do quite a bit of winning. While he had his fair share of losses (and was even labelled a “loser” by many during the beginning of his career), he eventually went on to win two NBA championships, which is more than most players can say.
So no matter his competition, his playoff record or anything else; his numbers on the court cannot be denied. No one will ever again put up the kind of numbers Wilt did and he should be celebrated for that fact, not criticized.