Was Wilt Chamberlain like David?


“I felt that I was gifted enough to do some things on the basketball floor. I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do, because if that was the case, I’d have won every game.”- Wilt Chamberlain

Really Wilt? Win every game? Even a Navy Seal doesn’t perform at his best everyday.

As big and talented as Chamberlain was, his career was often frustrated by the presence of Boston’s Bill Russell. While Chamberlain struggled most of his career because he didn’t have many of the tools he needed to win, Russell always seemed to have the right coach and the right teammate. For Wilt, things were very easy and very bad, all at the same time. He often compared himself to David fighting Goliath.

Season Highlights:

  • Led the NBA in scoring his first seven seasons.
  • Led the NBA in rebounding in 11 of his 14 NBA seasons.
  • During the 1961-62 season became the first player to score more than 4,000 points in a season (4,029), averaging 50.4 points per game.

– The Wanna-be Sports Guy