Wilt Chamberlain Bio And Facts

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilton Norman Chamberlain, or Wilt Chamberlain, was born on August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chamberlain is an American professional basketball player and recognized as one of the greatest offensive players in the history of basketball. Chamberlain attended Overbrook High School and later attended the University of Kansas, where he left early to join the Harlem Globetrotters.

By 1959, Chamberlain was drafted into the NBA and began playing with the Philadelphia Warriors from 1959-65. Chamberlain stood at 7 feet tall and played a fantastic center because of his height advantage over his opponents. Chamberlain was also the first NBA player to score more than 4,000 points in a season, during his 1961-62 season. During that season Chamberlain scored 4,029 points, and averaged about 50.4 points per game. Over the course of his whole professional career, Chamberlain scored over 31,419 points and held the NBA for points scored until 1984.

  • Birthday: August 21, 1936 (21-08-1936)
  • Education: University of Kansas
  • Net Worth: $10 million
  • Occupation: Professional basketball player
  • Height: 7'1" (2.16 m)
  • Weight: 275 lb (124.738 kg)
  • Position: Center
  • Years Active: 15
  • Nicknames: The Big Dipper
  • Teams: Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Harlem Globetrotters

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Basketball Career

Wilt Chamberlain's basketball career started when he was in high school and was sought after by more than 100 colleges and universities because of his amazing talent in the sport. Chamberlain decided to play for the University of Kansas for two years, but later left to join the Harlem Globetrotters for a year from 1958-59. By 1959, Chamberlain joined the Philadelphia Warriors, which eventually turned into the San Francisco Warriors in 1962. Eventually by 1965, Chamberlain joined the Philadelphia 76ers and played for them for three years. Chamberlain ended his legendary basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1968-1973. Chamberlain had a long standing rivalry against Boston Celtic's player Bill Russell and many fans acredit the excitement around basketball games to this rivalry. During Chamberlain's professional career he amassed 31,419 total points which was the NBA record for points scored until 1984.Chamberlain also averaged 30.1 points per game which was another NBA record which would later be broken by Michael Jordan.

Titles and Awards

Wilt Chamberlain had an extremely impressive and legendary record as an NBA player and certainly made waves within the professional world of basketball. Chamberlain holds many titles, records, and awards for his outstanding performance on the court, and in 1978 Chamberlain was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. In Slam Magazine's ranking of the Top 50 NBA Players of All-Time, Chamberlain took the #2 spot. ESPN recognized Chamberlain as number 13 in their list of the Top North American athletes of the century. ESPN also voted Chamberlain as the second best center of All-Time behind Kareen Abdul-Jabbar. Chamberlain also is a 2 time NBA Champion from the 1967 season and the 1972 season. Later in 1972 Chamberlain was voted the NBA Finals MVP and was voted the NBA Most Valuable Player 4 times during his career.

Personal Life

Wilton Norman Chamberlain, or Wilt Chamberlain, was born on August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wilt was born into a large family of nine children to his parents, Olivia Ruth Johnson, who was a homemaker, and William Chamberlain, a welder. Chamberlain later found his infatuation for basketball when he realized how popular it was in Philadelphia. By the age of 10, Chamberlain had already passed the 6 ft mark and by the time he reached high school Chamberlain almost stood at 7 ft tall. Although he was born with a natural advantage, Chamberlain's ball skills and shooting ability was unmatched on the court, which eventually led him to his successful college, and professional basketball career. Chamberlain never married and never had any children. Chamberlain published two books: in 1971, Wilt: Just Like Any Other 7-Foot Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door and a more personal book A View from Above in 1991.

Fun Facts

  • Wilt Chamberlain did not sleep the night before he scored 100 and actually played an arcade shooting game before tip off.
  • Both Wilt Chamberlain and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the movie Conan the Destroyer together. The two became close friends and Schwarzenegger said "Wilt was the strongest human being I have ever seen."
  • Wilt ran the 100 yard dash for the University of Kansas in 10.9 seconds, threw the shot put 56 feet, and triple jumped more than 50 feet.
  • Wilt quit college after two years in order to start playing for the Harlem Globetrotters, which Chamberlain credits to starting his basketball career.
  • After Chamberlain retired from basketball he began to find a new passion for volleyball and even became a board member of the newly founded International Volleyball Association in 1974.
  • During the 60s and 70s, Chamberlain owned Big Wilt's Smalls Paradise in New York City located in Harlem, which was frequented by many famed athletes and movie stars.


Why was Wilt Chamberlain's nickname "The Big Dipper"?

Wilt Chamberlain was known by many for his incredible height and the natural born advantage that he had over his competitors. By the time Chamberlain had turned 10, he had already reached the 6 foot mark, and by the time he attended Overbrook Highschool, Chamberlain was past 7 feet. Chamberlain earned the nickname "The Big Dipper" or "Dipper" from his friends because when Wilt would walk through the doors at school he would be required to duck in order to avoid hitting his head.

Who was stronger, Wilt or Shaq?

Although it is not possible to deem which basketball player is stronger unless there was a head to head competition, comparing their stats, Wilt Chamberlain is a much stronger player than Shaquille O'Neal. Wilt Chamberlain averaged around 46 minutes per game over the entirety of his career and during the 1962 season Chamberlain only sat out eight minutes the entire season. The stamina Chamberlain possessed certainly is much higher than O'Neal's.

What were Wilt Chamberlain's game statistics?

During the span of Wilt Chamberlain's 15 year long professional basketball career, Chamberlain maintained incredible records and stats. Over the span of his career Chamberlain scored 31,419 points and held that record until 1984. Chamberlain averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds per game. Chamberlain has the top four single-season scoring averages in the history of the league. Chamberlain also scored 100 points against the New York Knicks which is still professional basketball's top single-game feat.

Who surpassed Wilt Chamberlain's record for most points scored?

Wilt Chamberlain was known for his incredible height and amazing offensive skills on the court during his basketball career. Chamberlain scored 31,349 points during his career and held the record for the most points scored until 1984 where his record was beat by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who scored an impressive 38,387 points during his career.