Remembering Artis Gilmore: Arguably The Strongest NBA Player Ever

Published on September 21st, 2016 by Astramskas, David | 2,125 views

I recently came across this video called “Top 5 Strongest NBA Players Ever” and just like Shaq’s controversial All-Time Lakers vs Bulls post, ABA/NBA great Artis Gilmore was a milk carton. If you want to see some testimonials about Gilmore’s strength (2nd to none or just Wilt) then watch the video above; If you want to read a few bullets on what makes the 7’2 unappreciated center so special and memorable, then keep reading.

  • Averaged over 20 points & 20 rebounds a game in college and holds the record for highest rebound average (22.7) in NCAA Div 1 history.
  • Entered the ABA as the highest paid player in the league
  • Won the ABA ROY and MVP in the same year (1972)
  • ABA championship (1975)
  • 5 x ABA All-Star and 6 x NBA All-Star
  • Was a 7th round pick for the Chicago Bulls in 1971 (1st in the 1976 ABA dispersal draft)
  • 5 All-NBA First Team appearances
  • Played 82 games in 11 of his first 12 pro seasons

And here’s an official stat: 1 of only maybe 2 or 3 players who could guard Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and block his skyhook. And for those reasons, that is why he is in the Hall of Fame (although it took 11 years longer than it should have) and that is why I’m talking about him today…and because it’s his birthday.


About the Author

David Astramskas,

Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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