Wilt Chamberlain

American basketball and volleyball player (1936-1999)

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.

Wilt Chamberlain
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Chamberlain with the Harlem Globetrotters c. 1959
Personal information
Born(1936-08-21)August 21, 1936
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 12, 1999(1999-10-12) (aged 63)
Bel Air, California
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High schoolOverbrook (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeKansas (1956–1958)
NBA draft1959 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career1959–1973
Coaching career1973–1974
Career history
As player:
1958–1959Harlem Globetrotters
19591965Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors
19651968Philadelphia 76ers
19681973Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
1973–1974San Diego Conquistadors
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points31,419 (30.1 ppg)
Rebounds23,924 (22.9 rpg)
Assists4,643 (4.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

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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