50 Years Ago Today, Remembering Wilt Chamberlain

Will anyone equal or pass Wilton Norman Chamberlain’s mark?

Fifty years ago today, Chamberlain, then 25 and playing for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored an NBA record-100 points in a 169-147 victory against the New York Knicks. The closest to give it a shot was Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who scored 81 against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. Michael Jordan scored 69 points in 1990 against the Cavaliers.

Wilt Chamberlain put up an NBA-record 55 rebounds and a 50.4-point scoring average for the 1961-62 season. 23 points in the first quarter, 18 in the second, 28 in the third and 31 in the fourth. A career 51% free throw shooter, Chamberlain made 28 of 32 from the line that night.

The way the game is played now, there will never be another 80+ point performance. even the 50-point games are on the rapid decline. The Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain, died in 1999 of congestive heart failure. And so I ask you, who is the greatest basketball player of all time? Michael Jordan with the rings? Wilt Chamberlain with the high scores, Kobe Bryant winning against all odds?