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Wilt Chamberlain
Chamberlain as a member of the Globetrotters in 1959
No. 13
Center
Personal information
Born (1936-08-21)August 21, 1936
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Died October 12, 1999(1999-10-12) (aged 63)
Bel Air, California
High school Overbrook
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
College Kansas (1956–1958)
NBA Draft 1959 / Territorial
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Pro career 1959–1973
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1967, 1972)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1972)
  • 4× NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966–1968)
  • 13× NBA All-Star (1960–1969, 1971–1973)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960)
  • 7× All-NBA First Team (1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1965, 1972)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972–1973)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)
  • 7× NBA scoring champion (1960–1966)
  • NBA assists leader (1968)
  • 11× NBA rebounding champion (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973)
  • Philadelphia / San Francisco / Golden State Warriors all-time leading scorer
  • NBA all-time leading rebounder
  • NBA 35th Anniversary Team
  • NBA 50th Anniversary Team
  • Golden State Warriors #13 retired
  • Philadelphia 76ers #13 retired
  • Los Angeles Lakers #13 retired

NBA Records

  • 4,029 regular single season points scored
  • 100 points scored in a single game
  • Holds numerous other records and achievements
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1957)
  • 2× consensus first team All-American (1957–1958)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (August 21 1936October 12 1999) was an American basketball player. Chamberlain played in the NBA during the 1960s, and many people think he is one of the best players in basketball history. He was one of the tallest players of that time, and he was one of the most famous people in the game for many years. He is the first and only basketball player to score 100 points in an NBA game. Chamberlain led the league several times in points, accuracy, rebounds and minutes. He also won 4 NBA Most Valuable Player awards and was placed in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

He won two NBA championships: the first in 1967, with the Philadelphia 76ers, and the second in 1972, with the Los Angeles Lakers. Chamberlain also played for several seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1999, he died from a heart attack.

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