At 7-1, 275 pounds, Wilt Chamberlain was the most feared, most awe-inspiring, most-dominating player in all of professional basketball.
And when you look at the numbers, Chamberlain seems almost super-human. He still holds 31 NBA records (and he could regain another if Michael Jordan's career scoring average slips below 30.1 points per game). Many of these records still defy belief, logic and may never be broken such as the 50.4 points and 48.5 minutes per game (as you know, NBA games are 48 minutes long) he averaged during the 1961-62 season. He holds the record for points in a game (100 on March 2, 1962 against the Knicks in Hershey, Pa.) and rebounds (55!). He never averaged fewer than 18.2 rebounds in a season. Once, he even led the league in assists (702 in 1967-68).
Yes, Chamberlain was the game's most feared physical presence ... until Shaq came along.
O'Neal -- who is the same height as Wilt, but hardly the same size -- is a full 60 pounds heavier than Chamberlain. Like Wilt, Shaq posed matchup problems for every center in the league. Combined with his bulk, Shaq was light on his feet and he took the league by storm, scoring 23.4 points and grabbing 13.3 rebounds per game in 1993. Since that season, Shaq has never averaged fewer than 26.2 points per game in a season and has led the league in scoring twice. He has also led the league in field goal percentage six times, and he leads this season at 56 percent, which would put him two behind Wilt's record of nine seasons leading the league in field goal percentage.
Wilt and Shaq share an Achilles' heel: the free throw line. Wilt shot 51.1 percent for his career, while Shaq hits 53.6 percent of his free throws.