Michael Jordan Was Greater Than Wilt Chamberlain

Isaiah MontoyaCorrespondent IMay 6, 2010

9 Feb 1997:  Michael Jordan #23 of the East dunks the ball during the NBA All-Stars Game against the West at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The East defeated the West 132-120.   Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport
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When all-time greatest lists come out, either Jordan or Wilt Chamberlain is number one. In all seriousness, no other players are even in the equation of, "Who is the greatest ever?"

Yep, Wilt did average 50.4 pts one season, scored 100 pts in a game, and averaged 27.2 rebounds once.

Jordan finished with the highest scoring average ever (Wilt No. 2) and won six titles on six chances, with six Finals MVP's.

To properly illustrate why Jordan was better I broke their (regular season)careers in half for you to see, and judge for yourself.

Wilt played 14 seasons and Jordan played 15 seasons (over a 19 year span). I will analyze Wilts first seven years vs. Jordan, and then his second seven vs. Jordan's last eight (including Washington stats).

In his first seven seasons Wilt played 543 games and Jordan played 509. Wilt played 25,526 total minutes for an astounding 47.0 minutes per game average! Jordan averaged 38.7 minutes per game (19,673 total minutes).

Wilt scored 21,486 points in his first seven seasons for an average of 39.6 points per night. Jordan scored 16,596 points in his first seven seasons for a 32.6 points per game average. But if you divide those numbers you see who was really the better scorer.

21,486 points divided by 25,526 minutes for Wilt equals .842 points per minute (remember he played 47 minutes a night). For Jordan 16,596 pts divided by 19,673 minutes equals .844 points per minute!

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So, amazingly, Jordan was the better scorer.

Wilt (a center at 7'1" 275 pounds) grabbed 13,491 rebounds in his first seven years for a 24.8 average. The next tallest guy in the 8-team league was 6'9" 225 pound Bill Russell. Jordan (a 6'5" 199 pound guard) averaged 6.3 rebs in his first seven seasons.   

Wilt dished out 1,850 assists in his first seven seasons for a 3.4 per game average. Jordan dished out 3,108 assists for 5.9 average. 

Wilt led the league in scoring seven times in his first seven seasons. Jordan led the league in scoring five times in his first seven seasons.

Wilt made it to the Finals once in his first seven seasons, 1964, and lost to the Celtics four games to one. Jordan made it to the Finals once in his first seven seasons, and won, beating the Lakers four games to one.

In his second seven seasons Wilt played 502 games, and in his last eight Jordan played 563 games. Wilt played 22,333 minutes for an average minutes per game of 44.5!

Jordan played 21,337 minutes in his last eight seasons for an average of 37.9 minutes per night.

In his last seven seasons Wilt never led the league in scoring. He scored 9,933 points in his last seven seasons for a 19.8 points per game average. Jordan led the league five more times in his last eight seasons, for a total of 10, an all-time record. Jordan put up 15,696 pts in that span for a 27.9 pts per game average.

Wilt grabbed another 10,433 boards in his last seven seasons for a 20.8 average. Wilt averaged more rebounds than points in his last seven seasons. The shooting guard Jordan grabbed 3,486 rebounds for 6.2 rebounds per, which led all guards.

Wilt scored way less and passed way more in his last seven seasons. He dished out 2,793 assists in that span, and in his last eight Jordan dished out 2,615 assists. 

Both were equal defensively. They were both the greatest for their positions. Jordan led the league in steals three times (a record) and Wilt would have led in blocks, but they didn't keep the stat back then.

In his last seven seasons Wilt won his only two titles (1967,1972). He also lost in the Finals three times (1969, 1970, 1973). His teams never won a title when he was scoring champ. Jordan won five rings in his last eight seasons, never losing in a Finals series (1992,1993,1996,1997,1998). He was also Finals MVP each time and led the league in scoring all six times he won the championship.

So, in conclusion, Wilt did average 50.4 points once and 27.2 rebounds once but it didn't do him any good. Jordan led the league in scoring 10 times and capitalized on it for 6 titles in six finals with six finals mvp's.

Jordan finished right above Wilt as the greatest scorer ever, for an entire career, because Wilt had to stop scoring to win a title, and Jordan didn't have to stop scoring to win a title. 

MJ is actually and easily the greatest player ever. Lebron and Kobe have no chance whatsoever to be this bad ass unless they erase their entire careers and start over like Wilt and MJ!!!! But that is impossible. That is how great Jordan was.