Was Wilt Chamberlain Better Than Kareem Abdul Jabbar?

March 3rd, 2010 by Richard JT Leave a reply »
Both players played for Lakers, and of course you all know that. But who was the better player? I'll explain it.

I would have to go with Wilt. 

I was Kareem's biggest fan when he was playing in the NBA, but I was also Wilt's biggest fan just prior to Jabbar's emergence. When they played against each other, I rooted for Wilt and the Lakers.

They played against each other 27 times, including 11 games in the playoffs of 1971 and 1972.

Chamberlain's teams won 14 of the 27 games, while Jabbar's teams won 13.

Wilt had 122 50-point games, Jabbar had 10. One of those was against Wilt, but the Lakers blew the Bucks out of that game, 123-107.

In their first 11 meetings, Chamberlain was still able to (i.e. inclined to) score with Jabbar. In those first 11 games, Wilt averaged 22.8 ppg and 17.6 rebounds, while Kareem averaged 26.0 ppg and 15.6 rebounds.

In the 1972 season, Kareem outscored Wilt 201-70 in their five regular season games. In the six 1972 playoff games, Kareem outscored Wilt 202-67, but Wilt out-rebounded Jabbar and played better defense (i.e. shutting down the middle) when it counted.

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