We all have heard about Wilt Chamberlain. No matter how long you’ve watched the NBA, Wilt’s name still casts a shadow as large as the 7-2 giant did on the NBA when he played.
That said, many of us have never had the chance to actually see him play — we rely on the same 8-10 clips of the Big Dipper and the stories from another generation; blindly endorsing this urgan legend.
Well no longer, a video that was just released puts Chamberlain physical dominance, amazing athleticism and smarts for all of our eyes to see. Yes, it’s over 58 minutes long, but it’s worth watching.
Wilt was a scoring machine, scoring 100 points in one game and averaging 40 and 50 points during the regular season. He was also a rebounding terror, but what doesn’t get as much press is that he also blocked shots like no other player.
Did you see as Chamberlain snatched opponent’s shots out of the air and Chamberlain elevating to block other shots where his hands are near the top of the backboard. Watching this video it should come as no surprise that Chamberlain once blocked 23 shots in one game. And that number wasn’t even close to the most shots he rejected in one game.
Wilt Chamberlain’s prowess for erasing shots is unprecedented. We just have to trust that because the NBA didn’t officially record blocks until the 1973-74 season or else the 17 blocks that Elmore Smith set would have been another day at the office for Wilt the Stilt.
Wilt also led the league in assists one season. For a player that was so imposing and dominant, it’s hard to believe that Wilt wasn’t able to get more than two NBA championship rings and was only NBA MVP four times.