Wilt Chamberlain famously declared, “I will leave behind a record that would take years to break.”

For the entire season, Wilt played 48.53 minutes per game on average. For those who are unaware, a basketball game consists of 48 minutes, not including overtime. Wilt essentially participated in the entire regulation and extra game!

This is the one that is unbreakable. I believe that all the other incredible records are conceivable, if improbable. He finished his career averaging 45.8 minutes per game, which added to his incredible season. One more statistic that is improbable to be broken.

Wilt’s record, which is unbreakable:

 

a rookie with 26.958 rebounds per game

Although it’s typically rounded to 27.0, the extra decimal places will matter if someone tries to breach it.

 

Compared to his 100 point game, which is at best somewhat fragile, this record is more secure. In only 29 minutes of play three years ago, Klay Thompson scored sixty points. Nowadays, there are players that can score 100 points in a match. It is improbable due to the coaching and playing style, and the match would need to be tight. Nobody wants to be on the losing end of any of those two scenarios if the game wasn’t close: either the coach benches the player or the opposition double-teams the player who is trying for 100 runs. (Thompson’s game ended with a 36-point victory for the Warriors, and Klay missed the fourth quarter.)

 

Compared to his career average of 22.9 rebounds per game, it is also safer. Even if the amount appears unachievable now, several players have at least averaged half of it since 2000. With 13.8 rebounds per game, Andre Drummond is 60% closer to Chamberlain’s record.

 

But as a rookie, 26.958 rebounds per game? In nearly 50 years of NBA basketball, just one rookie has even come close to matching Chamberlain’s record since the 1972–1973 season. Between 1992 and 1993, Shaq averaged 13.9 rebounds per game.

 

The game has evolved since 1992 as well. There are more long-range shots than close-range ones, and when they fail, the rebounds usually end up farther away from the hoop. It is no longer possible for one player to cover as many rebounds as it once did.

 

In conclusion, I would like to mention that Chamberlain’s rebounding average from his rookie year is the second-highest in NBA history, only surpassed by his second year.

 

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