by Brad Smith
Are you paying attention?
ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?
Someone actually scored 100 points in a single NBA basketball game.
Michael Jordan didn’t do it.
Kobe Bryant didn’t do it.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar either.
No, the individual’s name is Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain. A 7-foot 1-inch center who dominated like no other, and today is the 50th anniversary of Chamberlain producing that legendary feat in a 169-147 victory against the New York Knicks.
I tried comparisons to quantify but the 56-game hitting streak by Joe DiMaggio is the only one making the discussion.
Was Wilt the greatest ever? Known as “The Big Dipper” he has a real argument.
Chamberlain holds some remarkable records – he’s the only player in NBA history to average more than 40 & 50 points in a season or score 100 points in a single NBA game. Many today are too young to have seen him play including myself, but we can all marvel at his statistics.
Once averaged 50.4 points per game during the 1961-62 season.
Highest rookie scoring average: (37.6 ppg)
Highest field goal percentage in a season (.727)
Most games with 50 plus points (118)
Most consecutive games with 40+ points.
Most consecutive games with 30+ points.
Most consecutive games with 20+ points.
Points 31,419 (30.1 ppg)
Rebounds 23,924 (22.9 rpg)
Assists 4,643 (4.4 apg)
Tiger Woods wasn’t the first athlete to be so dominant it produced changes. Offensive goal tending was implemented and shooting free throws as it’s widely known Chamberlain would leap from the free-throw line to score the foul shot.
Here’s a box score reminder to one of the great feats in American sports