Why Wilt Chamberlain Will Always Be Just Behind Michael Jordan

August 3rd, 2010 by Steven Resnick Leave a reply »

There's been an interesting debate that has been stirred up in regards to who the greatest player in NBA history is. The debate centers around Michael Jordan or Wilt Chamberlain. 

While it is tough to determine who's the greatest, the edge goes to Jordan, and I'll go over why. The truth is that it's very difficult to compare the eras both played in, as well as the fact that Jordan and Chamberlain played two completely different positions with different responsibilities.

Also, what's difficult to see is who left their mark defensively because during Chamberlain's time, blocks and steals were not recorded and All-Defensive teams were around, but only towards the latter part of his career. 

The first player I will examine is Chamberlain. Let's start off with his accolades, accomplishments, and then examine the era he played in. 

For his career, Chamberlain ranks first in NBA history with 23,924 rebounds, first in minutes per game at 45.8, first in rebounds per game average at 22.9, averaged 30.1 points - which is good for second, third in field goals with 12,681, fifth in minutes played with 47,859 and sixth i ...

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