Could Any Current NBA Center Handle Wilt Chamberlain?

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Could Any Current NBA Center Handle Wilt Chamberlain?
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Wilt Chamberlain was great in his era, but could he compete today?

It is my humble opinion that Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest basketball player to ever set foot on the hardwood, although that opinion seems to be in the vast minority these days.

Regardless of where you put The Big Dipper in the NBA pantheon, the fact of the matter is that he was a Hall of Famer, a four-time league MVP and an owner of two championship rings. 

Wilt could play.

His greatness is often criticized on the grounds that he was playing in a different era when defense was almost nonexistent and he was able to exploit smaller players who couldn't contain a 7-footer. I've given my opinion of all those claims.

But if he wasn't really anything special, does it not also follow that he'd struggle in the modern game? I'm convinced that would not be the case.

In fact, the question I've been pondering recently is whether there's even one center in the NBA these days who could contain Chamberlain.


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