Do Wilt Chamberlain’s episodes and NBA Finals record darken him as a player?

Wilt Chamberlain is widely regarded as one of the 10 greatest players to ever play basketball. His list of records and accomplishments seems to be from another world. Despite his individual success, Chamberlain only went 2-for-4 in six NBA Finals games.

Wilt Chamberlain Singles Success

No one has dominated the game of basketball individually the way he did. Wilt averaged 30.1 points per game, second all-time to Michael Jordan’s 0.05 points per game, and 22.9 rebounds per game, the most in NBA history. If blocks are counted over his playing career, it’s a safe bet to assume he’ll rank near or at the top of that list as well.

Chamberlain averaged an NBA scoring record of -50.4 ppg in the 1961-62 season. He’s scored 4,029 points this season, including 100 in a game, both of which he also scored. Wilt’s first four seasons are the four highest points per game in NBA history.

Furthermore, Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for most 40, 50, and 60 game starts in a season and in a career. He also needed the fewest games to score 10,000, 15,000, 20,000, 25,000 and 30,000 points.

Chamberlain also holds the record for most career rebounds and most career rebounds per game, as well as the single-season mark in each category. His 55-rebound game in 1960 remains a record as untouchable as his 100-point game. In addition, he holds the record for most double-doubles and most consecutive double-doubles.

Wilt also remains the only player to lead the league in points and rebounds in the same season, which he did six times. He is also the only player to lead the league in rebounds and assists in the same season. He remains the only player to lead the league in points, rebounds, and assists in any given season. Finally, he is the only player to go 40-40 in a game, which he has done eight times, most notably when he scored 78 points and grabbed 43 rebounds.

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Wilt Chamberlain’s Playoff Achievements

Scoring for Wilt Chamberlain was a hit in the postseason as he averaged 22.5 ppi. It’s important to note, however, that half of his 160 postseason games came with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he wasn’t the focal point of offense.

After averaging 36.0 ppi over his first nine seasons, Chamberlain averaged 17.7 ppi in five seasons with the Lakers. In the postseason, those numbers dropped to 29.3 ppg in eight postseason innings before joining the Lakers, and 15.8 ppg in five postseason innings in Los Angeles.

Chamberlain has made six trips to the NBA Finals, winning two and losing four. Four of his final appearances came with the Lakers, while he appeared once with the San Francisco Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. In six appearances, he averaged 18.6 ppg. While his scoring was low, Chamberlain averaged 24.6 rpg in the Finals and 24.5 rpg over 160 postseason games.

While Wilt Chamberlain was only able to win two rings, most fans seem to be holding his streak against him more than his lack of NBA Finals success. Bill Russell, who won a record 11 NBA rings, is often underestimated, despite his winning ways. The only blow, however unfair, that is often mentioned against both players is the era in which they played.

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Edited by Josef Schiefelbein


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