He scored a 100 in a single game, he averaged 50 points per game in a single season, and yet his rival Bill Russell still finishes ahead. Chamberlain had no weaknesses, the guy almost led the league in assists because he felt like it. Arguably the most dominant player in NBA history, if you place your stock in individual numbers there’s a real case for Chamberlain to be higher on this list.

Chamberlain’s shortfalls as a teammate have been documented, however, he still won twice. And we all know his trophy count would be much higher if he didn’t play against the most dominant team in history half his prime. Chamberlain obviously played long before my time, but there have been several people who did watch him,  a few of whom spoke up claiming he was the GOAT during the proceedings of this project. The numbers are there. . .

Wilt the Stilt sits fifth all time in points and first in rebounds. His 100 points in a single game may stand forever, four-point line, or no four-point line.

The Resume:

13x All-Star

10x All-NBA

2x All-NBA Defense

Rookie of the Year

All-Star MVP

4x MVP

Finals MVP

2x Champion

Hall of Fame

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Robert Littal (2).

The Barn Burner: Justin Rowan (12).

How did the other guys rank Chamberlain: Jacob Noble (3), James Holas (3), Justin Termine (3), Lang Greene (3), Will Reeve (3), Brian Geltzeiler (5), Matt Drappel (6), Shane Young (6), Josh Eberley (7), Adi Joseph (7), Justin Salkin (8), and Marc Griffin (11).

Average vote: 5.6


Wilt and Bill


#4 Sunday, October 4th.


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Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic


Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens
#48 Wes Unseld
#47 Dolph Schayes
#46 Paul Pierce
#45 Kevin Durant
#44 Dominique Wilkins
#43 Chris Paul
#42 Bill Walton
#41 Gary Payton
#40 Elvin Hayes
#39 Clyde Drexler
#38 Allen Iverson
#37 Steve Nash
#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen
#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson
#23 Dirk Nowtizki
#22 John Havlicek
#21 Isiah Thomas
#20 Bob Pettit
#19 Kevin Garnett
#18 Charles Barkley
#17 Karl Malone
#16 Moses Malone
#15 Elgin Baylor
#14 Julius Erving
#13 Jerry West
#12 Hakeem Olajuwon
#11 Oscar Robertson
#10 Shaquille O’Neal
#9 Kobe Bryant
#8 Tim Duncan
#7 LeBron James
#6 Larry Bird


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