Which argument makes Wilt Chamberlain the greatest player in basketball history?

He went by the moniker “The Record Book.” And in his response to the question of who was the greatest, Larry Bird made reference to this. “Just look at the record book,” he reportedly remarked. When he retired, he alone held around 75 all-time records, including the greatest point, rebound, and rpg averages, as well as the most rebounds. Over the next forty years, that amount has been somewhat lowered, but he still holds roughly 65 all-time records, either solo or tied for a few.

The record remains his seven straight scoring titles (Jordan tied it, but not beyond it). Rounding to the next whole number, he and Jordan are tied at 30.1 points per game. (Jordan beats him by.05 percentage points on the second decimal place.) And that’s even though Wilt decided to focus on defense and rebounding for about half of his career (7 years) and not score as much in order to try to win the scoring title every year (as well as take the most shots in the league). He won 11 titles for rebounding. His scoring and rebounding averages from that rookie/MVP season would still stand as all-time records (albeit he eventually broke both of them himself). He also won MVP in his ROTY season.

He won 11 titles for rebounding. His scoring and rebounding averages from that rookie/MVP season would still stand as all-time records (albeit he eventually broke both of them himself). He also won MVP in his ROTY season. Had he received more than one DPOY, several block titles, and numerous selections to the all-defense team, he would have received numerous honors; instead, the all-defense selections came either extremely late in his career or not at all. He led his finest teams to not one, but two all-time record-winning seasons (again, shattering the previous mark he helped create). That includes the record of 33 straight victories, which has never been surpassed, not even in the incredible seasons that the Bulls and GSW later set records for.

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