He was basketball's unstoppable force, the most awesome offensive force the game has ever seen. Asked to name the greatest players ever to play basketball, most fans and aficionados would put Wilt Chamberlain at or near the top of the list.
Dominating the game as few players in any sport ever have, Chamberlain seemed capable of scoring and rebounding at will, despite the double- and triple-teams and constant fouling tactics that opposing teams used to try to shut him down. As Oscar Robertson put it in the Philadelphia Daily News when asked whether Chamberlain was the best ever, "The books don't lie." more...
Full Name: Wilton Norman Chamberlain Born: 8/21/36 in Philadelphia Died: 10/12/99 in Los Angeles High School: Overbrook (Philadelphia) College: Kansas Drafted by: Philadelphia Warriors (1959) Transactions: Traded to Philadelphia 76ers, 1/15/65; Traded to Los Angeles Lakers, 7/9/68
Nickname: WIlt the Stilt; The Big Dipper Height: 7-1; Weight: 275 lbs. Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1978); NBA champion (1967, '72); NBA Finals MVP (1972); NBA MVP (1960, '66, '67, '68); All-NBA First Team (1960, '61, '62, '64, '66, '67, '68); Second Team ('63, '65, '72); All-Defensive First Team (1972, '73); Rookie of Year (1960); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).