6. Wilt Chamberlain (1959-73)
Yes it’s absolutely true. Wilt Chamberlain was the most dominant NBA player we have ever had the pleasure to lay eyes on.
Speaking of “ahead of their time,” Chamberlain fits that mold. He was so disgustingly different that the league was forced to make an abundance of rule changes.
Of course, he holds the single-game record for points in a game with 100, and rebounds in a game with 55.
During the 1961-62 season for the Philadelphia Warriors, the man averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds. Did you hear that? He averaged those stats over the course of 80 games.
His career marks are just as mind-boggling: 30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds and a field goal percentage of .540.
There’s just one reason he falls out of the Top 3 and 5.
For some strange reason, Chamberlain disappeared for his team during the biggest of times.
Take Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Championship as an example. Chamberlain dominated Game 6 against the New York Knicks with 45 points.
Then, incredibly in Game 7, he managed only 21 points in a pretty miserable game (for anybody who watched). This was against a Knicks team who was without big-man Willis Reed.