Wilt Chamberlain was an American basketball player. Considered one of the greatest players in history, he holds many ‘NBA’ records in several categories, such as durability, scoring, and rebounding. With a staggering height of 7'1", Wilt became a towering figure in basketball, during and after his time. In a career spanning 14 years, he played exceptionally well. He was also instrumental in bringing essential changes to the sport. He is also remembered for not committing any fouls throughout a regular season or playoff games, which again is a record. Hence, when he retired from basketball, he turned his attention toward other businesses and ventures, unlike many of his contemporaries. He played volleyball, promoted track and field athletes, appeared in commercials, and also acted in a film! However, he was never keen on getting into a relationship or having a family. He had several affairs and lived alone till his death.
Wilt Chamberlain Biography:
Wilt was born Wilton Norman Chamberlain on August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, to William Chamberlain, a welder, and Olivia Ruth Johnson, a homemaker. As a child, he was never fond of basketball and was more of a track and field athlete. However, as he grew up he developed a liking for basketball as the sport was popular in Philadelphia. He attended ‘Overbrook High School’ where he played basketball. Since he was already more than 6 feet by then, his height gave him an advantage over others while playing basketball. His college basketball debut came in the year 1957. He led his team ‘Jayhawks’ to the ‘NCAA’ finals the next year. In 1958, he quit college to play professional basketball. However, he was not allowed to do so as he had to complete his college to be qualified to play in the ‘NBA.’ So, he played for ‘Harlem Globetrotters’ who signed him up for $50,000.
Wilt Chamberlain Stats:
Wilt Chamberlain played 14 seasons for the Lakers, Warriors and 76ers. He averaged 30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 1,045 regular-season games. He was selected to play in 13 All-Star games. He won the Rookie of the Year award, 4 MVP awards, 1 Finals MVP award and 2 NBA championships. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.
Wilt Chamberlain Facts:
The 1962 season was historic because he became the first person in ‘NBA’ to score 100 points in a game. By the end of the season, he had an average of 50.4 points per game.
After his retirement from the game, he tried his hand at several other things; he made money in stocks and real estate, opened a night club, and appeared in several commercials. He also funded professional volleyball and track and field teams.
His new found interest was volleyball, and he was exceptional at it. Soon, he became one of the board members of ‘International Volleyball Association’ in 1974.
Wilt Chamberlain Achievements:
He is the only player in ‘NBA’ to have an average of 30 points and 20 rebounds throughout a season. He is also the first player to score 100 points in a single game.
Thanks to his achievements, he was inducted into the ‘Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’ in 1978.
In 1996, he was named one of the ‘50 Greatest Players in NBA History.’
In his entire career, Wilt has won two ‘NBA Championships,’ and has been named ‘MVP’ four times for his achievement in regular seasons. He was also named ‘MVP’ for his achievement in one of the ‘NBA Finals.’