Wilt Chamberlain compared physically to the current NBA


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  1. MY TOP 100 IS
    1.WILT
    2.JORDAN
    3.KAREEM
    4.LEBRON JAMES
    5.BILL RUSSELL
    6.BIRD
    7.MAGIC
    8.TIM DUNCAN
    9.HAKEEM
    10.JERRY WEST
    11.SHAQ
    12.OSCAR ROBERTSON
    13.KOBE
    14.ELGIN BAYLOR
    15.KARL MALONE
    16.ISIAH THOMAS
    17.MOSES MALONE
    18.JOHN STOCKTON
    19.DR. J
    20.KEVIN GARNETT
    21.JOHN HAVLICEK
    22.DAVID ROBINSON
    23.KEVIN DURANT
    24.SCOTTIE PIPPEN
    25.CHARLES BARKLEY
    26.DWAYNE WADE
    27.BOB PETTIT
    28.DIRK NOWITZKI
    29.WALT FRAZIER
    30.RICK BARRY
    31.CHRIS PAUL
    32.ELVIN HAYES
    33.BOB COUSY
    34.PATRICK EWING
    35.CLYDE DREXLER
    36.GEORGE MIKAN
    37.JASON KIDD
    38.GEORGE GERVIN
    39.ALLEN IVERSON
    40.KEVIN MCHALE
    41.DAN ISSELL
    42.PETE MARAVICH
    43.RUSSELL WESTBROOK
    44.DAVE COWENS
    45.STEPHEN CURRY
    46.WES UNSELD
    47.WILLIS REED
    48.DOMNIQUE WILKINS
    49.NATE THURMOND
    50.BOB LANIER
    51.BOB MCADOO
    52.ALEX ENGLISH
    53.STEVE NASH
    54.WES UNSELD
    55.CARMELO ANTHONY
    56.HAL GREER
    57.WALT BELLAMY
    58.GARY PAYTON
    59.ARTIS GILMORE
    60.ADRIAN DANTLEY
    61.DAVID THOMPSON
    62.PAUL PIERCE
    63.ROBERT PARRISH
    64.RAY ALLEN
    65.YAO MING
    66.NATE ARCHIBALD
    67.JAMES HARDEN FOR NOW
    68.JERRY LUCAS
    69.CHRIS WEBBER
    70.BILL SHARMAN
    71.PAUL ARIZON
    72.DAVE DEBUSHURE
    73.JAMES WORTHY
    74.TRACY MCGRADY
    75.BILL WALTON
    76.EARL MONROE
    77.SAM JONES
    78.BILLY CUNNINGHAM
    79.DOLPH SHAYES
    80.REGGIE MILLER
    81.GAIL GOODRICH
    82.CONNIE HAWKINS
    83.CHRIS MULLIN
    84.MITCH RICHMOND
    85.ALONZO MOURNING
    86.VINCE CARTER
    87.LENNY WILKINS
    88.DAVE BING
    89.GRANT HILL
    90.SPENCER HAYWOOD
    91.TOM CHAMBERS
    92.JOE DUMARS
    93.KCI JONES
    94.DIKEMBIE MUTOMBO
    95.DENNIS JOHNSON
    96.MARC JACKSON
    97.GEORGE MCGINNIS
    98.PAU GASOL
    99.DENNIS RODMAN
    100.SHAWN KEMP

  2. If Wilt Chamberlain had today's technologies and resources that the current NBA players have he could very well be an unstoppable force in basketball.

  3. lol, so did you pull those stats out of your ass, or are you referencing reddit or what? Where the fuck are your sources? Only a fucking fool would accept these (wild) assertions.

  4. A fair point was made about where I got my sources from. The link below will provide just a few sources which covers enough information.
    https://www.mediafire.com/file/s7wyu6g6icuq7wc/Sources%20for%20Wilt%20video.rar

  5. It was also said he may of had a 9'9 standing reach and just think he was jumping in converse not modern basketball shoes he probable would of had about a 48"+ max vert in todays game.

  6. Everything is believable in this video except the bench press. I've heard and can rationalize 500lbs…but 600? Only a handful of the strongest men alive bench that, are built like tanks, and a foot shorter. There is no way at Wilt's BMI and height he could lift that much unless he specifically and only trained for it.

  7. You had to see him to fully grasp the size and strength of the man.  TV didn't convey it nearly as well. I'm 67 and was watching the NBA nearly 60 years ago and no longer think I'll see his physical equal.

  8. Wilt's armspan was 8'4 measured spread against a wall at KU. the 7'8 on the Ali fight prelude was innacurate, due to ali being undermeasured by 2 inches and the fact that they did it without the spread, whilst Wilt was in a suit. 8'4

  9. I'm seeing a lot of words like "says" and "claims". What are the actual numbers? Are you telling me no one ever measured or clocked Wilt? He ran track and also did the long and high jump in high school and college. If you're taking the time to put this together, then do some homework. There is no doubt Wilt was amazing, but let's make sure he's getting the credit he deserves.

  10. The thing these younger kids who try to trash Wilt need to realize is that he was that athletic without modern training and nutrition.

    He had the resources of 50 years ago but the athleticism matching or even surpassing an elite athlete today.

  11. In about 1962 (I was 12 years old) they used to televise a few NBA games on weekday evenings. I saw a half time exhibition where a guy climbed up on a ladder and placed a 50 cent piece on the corner of the backboard. Wilt jumped up and picked the coin off of the backboard. Other guys claimed they could reach the top of the backboard. Wilt is the only guy I ever saw that actually did it.

  12. If Chamberlain had started playing the game just 10 or 20 years after he really started playing in the NBA, when the NBA really started broadcasting more games, NOBODY would talk about Jordan. He would be the face of basketball worldwide even more than Jordan. And he would be officially holding the block records both average and of all time. Shame that they didn't record steals and blocks in the '60s.

  13. well, i doubt claims of a 45" vertical and 600lb press…the press thing is for sure baloney. That said, the most physically gifted athlete the NBA has ever seen, and it ain't close

  14. According to Chamberlain's interview, the rules today(1997) he died on 1999, would best suit him. No 3 guys on him in defense, no hand check…he said he would have 60-70 points per game ,humbly speaking….

  15. There is no way he bench pressed 600 pounds. You can hear him talk about 300 pounds in other interviews. It goes without saying, that he couldn't bench press almost double the amount of any of todays b-ball players.

  16. Wilt Chamberlain was a prodigy, the strongest, most durable, the most awesome force that basketball will ever know. There is nobody, nobody, that comes close to Wilt's dominance.

  17. This is crazy, literally crazy! I mean, why do people then talk about Mike and Kareem if this guy existed?? The most athletic sportsman of all time, I can't name one guy who compares honestly! Wilt was something more than a human, and not only this analytical facts, but when you watch tape, he blocked shots at their peak, he blocked them bitches on top of the backboard, it was crazy!!

  18. I call bulshit on two of those claims :

    1) His bench press. In the 1990s, they talked about 500 pounds; after Wilt Chamberlain died, the legend gathered an extra 100 pounds.

    2.1) His vertical : according to Google Archives, Wilt Chamberlain max reach was measured in the NBA, in his prime, at 12'9.

    Wilt Chamberlain had a standing reach of 9'6 barefoot. With his shoes on, Wilt Chamberlain needed at best 41" in order to achieve that feat.

    2.2) Even Wilt Chamberlain Archives made a video about Wilt Chamberlain's vertical… With Wilt Chamberlain jumping technique — he used in the NCAA — and his central point of pelvis (78.75"), Wilt Chamberlain needed between 39.6" and 40.35" to clear 6'6.75" (his NCAA jumping record).

    Still umbelivable athlete. But, like Jordan's vertical, I call it a lie.

  19. MY BACKGROUND AND "CREDS": My dad was a "rabid" fanatic of Mr. Basketball, George Mikan; and raised me on "all things Mikan". Born and raised in New Jersey, I got to see the Harlem Globetrotters LIVE a number of times in 1959 – they had this incredible "point guard" – what was his name, oh yeah, Wilt. I "followed" him into the NBA. I went to high school, (Sept.) 1963 – (June) 1967, 30 miles northeast of Boston and got to see the great Bill Russell LIVE at the Gaaaden many times. (My strongest memory, by far, unfortunately is of the C's fans calling him the "N" word – it took Bill decades to "forgive" them; I still haven't.)

    I read literally everything available on the NBA back then (several newspapers' sports sections daily; sports magazines …); and, living just outside NYC, we had the best NBA coverage in the world; and we NEVER missed a televised game (including tape-delayed ones). The games that weren't on TV, we listened to them on the radio.

    WILT WAS THE #1 ATHLETE (ALL SPORTS) OF THE ENTIRE 20TH CENTURY: As to Wilt's physical accomplishments, I tend to doubt NONE of the major claims. I don't doubt that he was THE #1 ATHLETE (all sports) for the entire 20th century. I SAW him lift guys up (like dolls) with only one extended arm; soon after it happened, we read about him stopping an NBA fight by lifting up BOTH guys. He WAS the fastest guy in the League, the quickest, the strongest and with the most endurance/stamina.

    And then there's the character of the man ON THE COURT. He lived in a world where if he swang hard at anybody, they'd NEVER recover – so, gentle giant that he was, he never did that. Back then, winning wasn't considered "everything"; and you weren't a "loser" if your team lost in the Play-Offs to the C's truly ALL-STAR team (EASILY THE team with the highest percent of League-wide All-Stars ever AND with era-wise, THE GREATEST COACH (& GM) EVER). The C's won many super-close games and series – and Red was EASILY worth 2-5 points a game over any other coach in his era. An example of Wilt's friendly on-court attitude is that he would tend to play to the level of his opponent – instead of utterly dominating weaker centers (as he easily could have) he'd "let them score" so as to not demoralize them too much. I value that greatly over the "win at all costs" attitude of more modern times. OTOH, he DOMINATED Bill Russell. He only scored some 5 points per game less vs the Cs (an All-Time Great defensive team) than he did against the rest of the League – and they were ALWAYS throwing multiple defenders at him AND playing dirty (holding only to his uniform, bear-hugging him …)

    When people posit how Shaq would have done against Wilt, I picture this: Wilt would RISE to the challenge and just DOMINATE Shaq (as well as wear him out).

    People talk about if Wilt had access to modern training methods and medicine; but if he also played in an era where "winning is everything"; he would have racked up more Chips. Switch Wilt with Russell, and the C's win at least as many Chips, and Russell wins less Chips than Wilt.

    And then there's the character of the man IN SOCIETY AS A WHOLE: Wilt single-handedly (sometimes accompanied by a teammate) integrated first an entire major city, then a State then a region! He certainly did not have to, but he made it his SOP to enter "Whites ONLY" establishments and sit up front waiting to be served. He KNEW that every single time he did, he was risking his very life – Southerners were armed to the teeth and all too willing to take down a "doesn't know his place Negro".

    So it just makes me laugh when people try to claim that Wilt was a "me-first" guy; who only cared about his personal stats and had troubles with all his coaches all the time. He lived by the HIGHEST MORAL CODE in society – regularly risking his very life, sacrificing for others; no bleeping way could he have been selfish on the court.

    btw, if you're guessing I'm a Wilt-homer; on my GOAT list, I have Wilt as #6 and GOAT #2 Center (behind Kareem). My GOAT Top 16: 1. KAJ; 2. LBJ; 3. MJ; 4. Magic; 5. TD; 6. Wilt; 7. Dr J; 8. Kobe; 9. Big "O"; 10. K. Malone; 11 Shaq; 12. Jerry West; 13. Bird; 14. Stockton (for now); 15. Pettit; 16. Bill Russell.

    The reason I can't rate Bill Russell higher is because he was DOMINATED at his own position in his own era. In the 9 years they both got ALL-NBA selections, Wilt got 7 First-Team selections to Russell's 2 – that's DOMINATION.

  20. Greatly exaggerated.

    1. There is no way he would be able to bench 600 pounds, he has arms nearly as long as Gobert. Dwight Howard can only bench 365 (and it is likely he is on PED'S). Plus look at Dwight's arms compared to Wilts.

    2. His vertical is also unlikely. 13'3" is 3 inches over the backboard. Dwight Howard holds the record at 12'6"(which he only beat the previous one by 1"). NO WAY he could beat the record by 9 inches!

    3. Wilt has been known to exaggerate, for example saying he slept with thousands of woman in his career.

  21. So we have 'Wilt claimed' he had a 46 inch vert and benched 600. He was timed at 4.6 for the 40 – hand timed though.

    Also, just a quick note – the first ever recorded bench press of 600 pounds was in 1967 which was when Wilt was 31. So he was just casually benching close to (or heavier than) world class powerlifters. Seems legit.

    Even his biggest fans would concede he had a massive ego, so you can't take his claims at anything close to face value.

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  23. His 440 was the 2nd fastest in U of Kansas history at the time. His shot put was a Kansas record, he won the NCAA high jump and triple jump at Kansas. To high jump 6'6 (2 Meters) is crazy since he didn't even practice. There is no one in todays NBA that could even come close. So think about his height, speed and obvious great jumping ability, with a little practice and he would have been able to dunk from the free trow line no problem , but slam dunk contest and things were much later.

  24. Wilt also claimed he slept with 20,000 women, fought off a mountain lion attack with his bare hands, and held his breath for 5.5 minutes straight while driving cross country. No chance in hell Wilt's vertical was close to 45" or his bench was anywhere near 600 pounds. Just stop it.

  25. “If you have to have Me vs Michael, my prime against his, how much money would you be willing to bet”

    Wilt Chamberlain
    (1996)

  26. He was probably one of the greatest genetic freaks of all time, just a monster. Unfortunately, all his size and athletic prowess came with a prize, his heart couldn't sustain his body well enough and he left us too soon.

  27. I noticed someone never saw a picture of Wilt's head at rim level…I had an old paperback NBA yearbook that showed Wilt's arm angled downward on a finger roll over the rim…which means his head was way over the rim! There is only one Wilt Chamberlain.

  28. Russell, Jabbar, Thurmond, Scotty Pippen, Phil Jackson, and scores of his contemporaries proclaimed him the greatest to ever play the game. I met him in the tunnel at the Omni in Atlanta as we left the court after a promotional high school game before the Hawks-Lakers… he was the finest athlete and most intimidating person I ever met, on or off the court. And best of all. Kind. I had a good game in a losing effort, and Wilt and Pete Maravich both consoled me as they went out onto the court. Sadly, both are gone now, way before their time. It is a great injustice to them, and to the rest of us, when people diminish to the slightest degree, just who these people were. Wilt, as Russell said, could do "anything" on a basketball court or off. My friends, if you want to have a hero, make sure he or she is as big and dominating as you can imagine. There will never be another dipper. The universe is just not big enough.

  29. IT WILL BE UNFAIR PERIOD!!!! IF I WAS A COMMISSIONER OF THE NBA I WILL CALL THE WHOLE NBA OFF IF YOU TAKE HIM AT HIS TIME AND PUT HIM INTOS TODAYS GAME!

  30. jerry peters, track was big back in his day, but let's look at it this way. his time for the 40 was done barefoot. he had a 400 m dash time that put him just out of reach of making the US Olympic team, but his time still would have beat 90% of the countries best Olympic performer. he did a high jump and won it without ever doing it before, and before the Fosbury flop, his height of lis high jump would have placed him 8th in the Olympics that year.  he also had very long jumps, although I don't know the actual numbers for that.  as for post moves, they didn't need to do it. but he had moves better than mos tof the plyaers in that era, but couldn't do them anyway as they called fouls far different, as well as traveling.  you put him in today's nba, he would have dominated just as much if not more. you can barely touch a guy.

  31. If Wilt would play with todays rules i think he’s nrs would be like 50 to 60 pts …atleast 30 rebs coz everyone is shooting and no one would outrebound him ! Assists maybe 10 to 15 …same with blocks ….if westbrook can avg a triple double for the last 3 years …Wilt would avg a quadruple double for his career !

  32. In theory, taller people have more effective endurance than shorter people, assuming that their bodies are proportionally as efficient. Think about it this way, if a tall person needs to take fewer actual strides to run the length of the court, then that's equivalent to a normal person running across a much shorter court. Also, in combat sports it becomes more extreme, because if a guy who is much larger is constantly wrestling and grappling with their opponent, their opponent have to expend energy at a proportionally much higher rate in order to be able to resist or move the mass of their much larger opponent. Given that there is some pushing which happens fairly consistently in basketball, it's not hard to see how someone who is way bigger than everyone else wouldn't tire as quickly. Also, consider that Wilt didn't even need to jump anywhere near his max vertical in order to be able to dunk or grab a rebound in most cases. He didn't need to fully exert himself as often as other players did, whereas anybody going up against him probably had to exert themselves more than they normally would.

    However, guys who are really tall can get away with not being very athletic or even very well trained precisely because of the advantages I just outlined, in addition to the more obvious advantages of strength and reach. If you're 7 feet tall, you don't even need an average level of athleticism in order to be able to play in the nba, you just need to be disciplined enough to learn the skills of the game and take advantage of your height, and not have any health problems which prevent you from being able to train, practice, and play regularly.

    Wilt, of course, was not merely of average athletic ability. Even someone at 6'6" with his athletic ability and competitive drive would have been remembered as a great player.

  33. There are a lot of mistakes here. Wilt may have touched the top of the backboard (it was never photographed) but that is not vertical leap. Vertical leap is from a squat. As a Wilt fan when he was with the Lakers, I never saw him reach that high. When he played volleyball, his vertical was listed as 36 inches. Second, when he was tested in the 40, he weighed more like 240 or 250. Wilt could come within one inch of touching the rim – flat-footed. I don't know where this estimate of his reach of 9' 7" came from. This was reported in 1965. His wing-span has only been estimated from the balls he held which will not be accurate. Nobody ever saw Wilt bench press 500 pounds much less 600 and he worked out in public. However, he could bench 400 while at Kansas when he weighed 230. Except for medicine and illegal drugs, there is little new in sports training. When you see a new record, it is the result of a better pool or track or new rules.When Wilt high jumped, the athletes feet had to go over the bar first.

  34. Bill Russell adjusted his tremendous skill set continuously to do what was
    necessary to win. He ran the court and dribbled at full speed as well, or better, than any center ever. If it was necessary for him to score 25 points for the Celtics to win, he did so.

    Bill rebounded, blocked shots, started the fast break with a quick outlet pass, intimidated centers, forwards, and guards. His blocked shots were often tipped/blocked into the hands of a teammate.

    Bill earned eleven (11) championship rings in 13 years. No player in any professional team sport has even come close to his achievement.

    No NBA player, in my opinion, has had as diverse a skill set coupled with the mental ability to continuously adjust his game to utilize the immediately needed skills to win again, and again, and again.

  35. https://www.quora.com/Wilt-Chamberlain-could-run-a-40-yard-dash-in-4-6-seconds-had-a-45-inch-vertical-and-could-bench-press-500-lbs-all-while-being-7-2-weighing-280-Is-he-the-most-athletic-person-in-recorded-history

  36. With each succeeding generation folks seem to become even more adverse to researching history, and increasingly self-referential (“if I’m not as fully-versed in a subject as I am with that which is happening in real time, right now, then it can’t be as good, or, it’s probably not worth my knowing”). That’s all that it is.

  37. “As the league calls fouls today, Shaquille O’Neal gets away with what I’d consider murder. I mean when you dip your shoulder on top of a guy and the foul is on the guy on the floor, you know you’re getting away with something. Shaq is allowed to get points you normally wouldn’t get”

  38. Wilt Chamberlain can say whatever the fuck he wants, but does he have and concrete proof where's a video of him benching 600lbs?

  39. He was a elite track star with incredible strength, speed and stamina in his prime. There has not been a 7 footer like him before or since….RIP to a real legend, Celtic fan. Wilt couldve destroyed mj or lbj near the basket and injure them if he wanted to. The NBA was lucky he did not try to hurt people despite being pounded on by cheap shot artists early in his career…..there is no way Jordan or lbj couldve stopped him near basket

  40. He will eat jordan lebron shaq for lunch…with modern rules and training techniq ..he used to say in the early 90,s i wud love to play,bcoz there is no chance dat anyone can stop him…if he sees todays nba which has gone more soft..he wud laugh ..bcoz he used to laugh even in early 90,swhen jordan was at his prime…

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