Wilt Chamberlain’s Passing Skills (only center to ever lead the league in assists)
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On February 2nd of 1968, Wilt Chamberlain had an insane 22/21 game. If you are familiar with Wilt’s unbelievable stats then you are probably wondering what’s so insane about a 22/21 game. It’s insane because the second 20 was 21 assists for the dominant center. Yes, Wilt Chamberlain had a 20/20 game with assists during his 1967-68 MVP season.
Now that those numbers have registered in your head, I’ll let you know that Wilt also had 25 rebounds in that game.
Now that those numbers have registered in your head, I’ll let you know he also had unofficially 12 blocks! I’m saying unofficially because the NBA didn’t officially count blocks back then.
So if you count the blocks that Wilt said he had during that game, his final stat line looks like this: 22 points, 25 rebounds, 21 assists, 12 blocks!
More unbelievable than those numbers is the fact that Wilt led the league in assists that season….yes, a center once led the league in assists.
Wilt did occasionally have big scoring games that season too, like in December, when he went on a three-game tear with 68, 47 and 53 points. But, for the majority of the season, he was scoring less than 20 points a game to go with his league best…8.6 assists.