Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

Basketball Player

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was an American professional basketball player who played at the center position. Standing at 7 ft 1 in tall, he played in the National Basketball Association for 14 years and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport's history.

Full Name
Aug 21, 1936
Oct 12, 1999
7′ 1″
Net Worth


Wilt Chamberlain was born on August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Overbrook High School and played for the school's basketball team, where he posted records of scoring 52 points in a single game and 25 rebounds in a single game.

He then attended the University of Kansas and played college basketball. During his time at Kansas, he earned All-American honors twice and was voted MVP in 1959 when his team won the NCAA championship.

Chamberlain was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors with the first overall pick in the 1959 NBA Draft. He excelled in his first season, setting various records and becoming the first player to be selected as an All-Star and Rookie of the Year in the same season. He also became known for his high-scoring games and averaging more than 50 points per game throughout his career.

Chamberlain was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1965–66 season, where he helped lead them to their first NBA championship in 1972. He retired from professional basketball after 14 seasons and is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He holds numerous records such as most points scored in a single game (100), most rebounds (55) and highest field goal percentage (.727). 

In addition to being a great basketball player, Chamberlain was also an accomplished actor who appeared in several films including “Conan The Destroyer” and “Space Jam”. After retiring from basketball, Chamberlain went into business and founded several successful companies such as Wilt Chamberlain Enterprises Inc., which focused on real estate investments.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1936</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wilt Chamberlain is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 21, 1936, Wilt Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1955</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Overall Pick in NBA Draft</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Chamberlain was selected as the first overall pick of the 1955 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1959</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Scores 100 Points</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On March 2, 1959, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1960</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins 1st NBA Championship</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wilt Chamberlain wins his first of two NBA Championships with the Philadelphia Warriors.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1968</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">MVP of the Regular Season and Finals</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins MVP awards for both the regular season and finals and leads the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1973</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Retires from Basketball</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On October 12, 1973, Chamberlain retired from basketball due to a weakened knee.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1999</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 11, 1999, Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He was a Great Scorer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Wilt Chamberlain was an incredible scorer, averaging over 30 points per game for his career. He also holds the record for most points scored in a single game with 100 points. He was an unstoppable force on the court and could score from anywhere on the court.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He was a Dominant Rebounder</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Wilt Chamberlain was an absolute beast on the boards, averaging more than 22 rebounds per game for his career. He had a nose for the ball and could grab rebounds with ease. He also held the record for most rebounds in a single game with 55.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He was an Innovator</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Wilt Chamberlain was not only incredibly talented but he was also an innovator of the game. He was one of the first players to use strength and athleticism as part of his game and he helped pave the way for future generations of basketball players.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First to Score 100 Points in a Game</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain became the first player in NBA history to score 100 points in a single game.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Averaged 50 Points Per Game</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In the 1961–62 season, Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points per game, an NBA record that still stands today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Holds 72 NBA Records</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Wilt Chamberlain holds 72 NBA records, including highest points per game average for a season (50.4) and most rebounds in a season (2,052).</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Played Basketball and Volleyball in High School</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Wilt Chamberlain was a multisport athlete in high school, playing basketball and volleyball and running track.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Wrote Three Books</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Wilt Chamberlain wrote three books, including his autobiography titled “Wilt: Just Like Any Other 7-Foot Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door”.</p></div>


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