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Wilt Chamberlain
Chamberlain with the Harlem Globetrotters c. 1959
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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 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Pro career 1959–1973
Coaching career 1973–1974
Career history
As player:
1958–1959 Harlem Globetrotters
1959–1965 Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors
1965–1968 Philadelphia 76ers
1968–1973 Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
1973–1974 San Diego Conquistadors
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1967, 1972)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1972)
  • 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)
  • 11× NBA rebounding champion (1960–1963, 1966–1969, 1971–1973)
  • NBA assists leader (1968)
  • No. 13 retired by Golden State Warriors
  • No. 13 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
  • No. 13 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • NBA 35th Anniversary Team
  • NBA 50th Anniversary Team
  • NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1957)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1957, 1958)
  • No. 13 jersey retired by Kansas Jayhawks
  • Mr. Basketball USA (1955)
Career statistics
Points 31,419 (30.1 ppg)
Rebounds 23,924 (22.9 rpg)
Assists 4,643 (4.4 apg)
Stats at NBA.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. At 7 feet 1 inch, he was the tallest and heaviest player in the league for most of his career, 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 congestive heart failure.


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