Wilt Chamberlain 1962 – The Most Amazing Statistical Season ever!
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Wilton Norman Chamberlain is rarely ever picked as the best basketball player of all-time. Even in discussions of most dominant, Shaquille O’Neal usually gets the nod. Most people will use the excuse: “Wilt played in a weak era.” I think it’s because his stats and records are so ridiculous and unattainable by every NBA player after him, we end up just putting an asterisk next to his name and putting him in his own category.
Everything he did belonged in either the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley’s Believe It or Not books: From his off the court lifestyle (20,000 women?!) to his accomplishments in track & volleyball (ran the 100 yard dash in 10.9 secs and is in the Volleyball hall of fame) and of course on the basketball court, where every NBA legend has a Wilt the Stilt story, such as the time he blocked Gus Johnson’s dunk so hard it dislocated Johnson’s shoulders.
I’m going to list a bunch of The Big Dippers stats, records, trivia and then show you his game log from his 1962 season, when he scored the never-to-be-matched 100 points. When you are done reading everything, you will probably agree that the center who has never fouled out of a game is the most exceptional player, if not athlete, of all-time.
- 71 pt game as a sophomore in High School
- Scored 74, 78 & 90 points in 3 consecutive games in High School
- 42pts and 29rebs in his college debut
- Wilt Left college early & sold the story named “Why I am Leaving College” to Look magazine for $10k which was about $1k more than what many NBA players were making
- Made $50k playing for the Harlem Globetrotters out of college (NBA didn’t accept underclassmen)
- Signed the biggest NBA contract ever at $30k. Bob Cousy made $25k
- Won rookie of the year after averaging 38pts and 27rebs and breaking 8 NBA records
- Was MVP of the All star game as a rookie with 23pts and 25rebs
- 2nd season averaged 38pts and 27reb and became the 1st player to pass 3k points and 2k rebounds
- Set the NBA record for most rebounds in a game (55) in his 2nd season
- In his 3rd season he averaged 50pts and 26rebs which included a 100 point outburst
- Averaged 48.53 minutes a game in 1962. A regulation game is 48 minutes
- Set NBA All-Star game record with 42pts and 24rebs
- Averaged 50pts against Bill Russell and the Celtics in 62 Playoffs
- Won MVP in 1966 after leading the league in rebounding and third in assist (8ast). His scoring average was at a career low of 24pts (on 68% fg)
- Unofficial quadruple double in gm2 of 1967 playoffs against the Celtics w/ 24pts, 32rebs, 13ast, 12blks (blocks were not officially counted back then)
- Grabbed 41 rebounds in the next game (3) & had a triple double in gm5 w/ 29pts 36rebs and 13ast
- In 1967 he became the first center to lead the league in assist beating out Lenny Wilkens. He also won the MVP that year
- Signed w/ the Lakers for $250k which was 150k more than Jerry West
- Won Finals MVP & helped Lakers win their 1st championship in 1972. He had 24pts 29rebs 8ast 8blks in Game 5
- Signed with the San Diego Conquistadors for $600k as a player/coach but was not allowed to play because of a lawsuit from the Lakers
- Was offered a contract by the Cavs in 1980 when he was 45 and the Nets even offered him a contract when he was 50