He was basketball's unstoppable force, the most awesome offensive force the game has ever seen. Until Kobe came along, no other player had ever scored more than 80 points in a game.
The “Big Dipper,” as he liked to be called (a nickname given to him because of his height and the need to dip or duck his head every time he entered the room), Wilt Chamberlain was truly one of the great centers.
He is the only NBA player to score 4,000 points in a season. He set NBA single-game records for most points (100), most consecutive field goals (18) and most rebounds (55) in a game.
Perhaps his most mind-boggling stat was the 50.4 points per game he averaged during the 1961-62 season, and, if not that, perhaps the 48.5 minutes per game he averaged that same year, playing every single minute of every game.
Another storied record that is truly amazing is the fact that in the more than 1,200 games he played, Wilt never once fouled out of a game, amazing for a center in the NBA.
He is the only center in NBA history to lead the league in assists, which he did in the '67-'68 season, proving that he could do anything he wanted to on the basketball court except win a championship.
Despite leading the league in scoring for seven straight seasons, Wilt only won a championship when he, at the urging of his coach, deferred to the “team concept” and, in doing so, helped the '66-'67 Philadelphia 76ers go a staggering 68-13, blowing out his nemesis the Boston Celtics and Bill Russell four games to one in the Eastern Conference Finals, and then dispatching the San Francisco Warriors four to two in the Finals.
If that record was not good enough, in 1971-72 with the Lakers Wilt joined Jerry West and Gail Goodrich and led the Lakers to a 69-13 record, including a mind-numbing 33 straight wins and going 12-3 throughout the playoffs.
For his career, Wilt averaged an amazing 30.1 points per game, tied with Michael Jordan as the highest of all time, and an even more amazing 22.9 rebounds per game. When asked if Wilt was the greatest of all time, Oscar Robertson once replied “The books don’t lie.”