Is Wilt Chamberlain the goat
NBA - The top ten scorers of all time: Dirk in a club full of goats
7th place: Wilt Chamberlain (1959-1973) - 31,419 points
Teams: Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
Successes: 2x NBA Champion (1967, 1972), Finals-MVP (1972), 4x MVP (1960, 1968-1970), 13x All-Star, 7x All-NBA First Team, 7x Scoring Champion
Before Shaq, there was Wilt Chamberlain, also known as Mr. 100 points. The Big Dipper was a man among boys at 2.16 meters in the 60s and dominated the league individually like no other player before or after him.
Because of Chamberlain, the zone was enlarged, otherwise Wilt would have scored a lot more points. If he stood under the basket, no one could stop him. Every evening the center produced statistics that seem completely absurd nowadays. In the 1961/62 season Chamberlain put on an incredible 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds on average, values that probably no one will achieve.
Nevertheless, Chamberlain was not always undisputed, the superstar was traded twice in his prime, as he repeatedly had problems with coaches and teammates. That was also due to the lack of team success. Year after year, Wilt's teams failed because of his nemesis Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics.
It should take until his ninth season before Chamberlain finally won a title, also because he didn't score as much as in previous years and focused more on the team. So Wilt was able to get the Celtics out of the way for the first time on the way to the throne. In keeping with his career, however, he stayed in Philly for just one more year after this title before he pushed his next trade in the direction of Los Angeles.
At the side of Jerry West, Wilt won another title with the Lakers in 1972, but he also collected three defeats in the finals and continued to orientate himself towards Hollywood. His guest role in "Conan the Destroyer" at the side of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who never seemed so small in his life as next to Wilt, as well as the claim that he slept with over 20,000 women in his life, has never been forgotten.
Chamberlain died of heart problems in 1999. To this day, his personality polarizes, many of his records are likely to live forever.
Wilt Chamberlain: The Legend of Goliath!
6th place: Dirk Nowitzki (1998-) - 31,424 points
Team: Dallas Mavericks
Successes: NBA Champion (2011), Finals MVP (2011), MVP (2007), 14x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team
One of the greatest German athletes of all time. And a terrible singer.
5th place: Michael Jordan (1984-1993, 1995-1998, 2001-2003) - 32,292 points
Teams: Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards
Successes: 6x NBA Champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998), 6x Finals-MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998), 5x MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998), 14x All-Star, 10x All-NBA First team, 10x scoring champion
MJ wasn't the first basketball superstar, nor was it the first icon. And yet he raised the popularity of the entire sport to a new level and outshone all the players before him, so that at the end of his career there was almost universal agreement that this had to be the best player of all time. MJ was a rock star. To this day, he holds this status with most fans, even if LeBron James and a few others also have their disciples.
Jordan's popularity went beyond the limits of basketball, and to this day he personifies "winning" at the highest level. His "Air Jordan" brand made him a billionaire, and many years after his career his shoes are still selling better than the shoes of any active player. The Charlotte Hornets tear relatively little, but Jordan is still the first and so far only black owner of an NBA franchise.
What made all this possible? Sporting excellence. MJ was an incredible high flyer and scorer, apart from Chamberlain, nobody ever achieved a higher scoring average than MJ in 86/87 (37.1). Over the first few years there was a lack of team success and Chicago failed either at the Celtics or the Pistons, but from 1991 Jordan only lost one playoff series. Six finals participations, six wins, six finals MVPs - it is probably the strongest argument in the GOAT discussion.
Jordan's career did not progress gradually. In 1993 he resigned to play baseball for the first time after the first threepeat (one rumor has it that he was secretly banned by the NBA), in 1995 he returned shortly before the playoffs, where he lost to Shaqs Magic. The Bulls retaliated with the most dominant NBA season in history (95/96) and another threepeat, at the end of which MJ 1998 resigned for the second time.
Jordan still couldn't quite let go after that, which is why he returned to the Wizards for the last two seasons in 2001. He could still score, but there were no more playoffs, which is why these years are mostly neglected in the end. The perfect, iconic ending came with the game winner in game 6 of the 98 finals. In front of the United Center in Chicago there is a statue of Jordan with the following inscription: "The best there ever was. The best there ever will be." Jordan is the gold standard by which every superstar is still measured.
4th place: LeBron James (2003-) - 32,439 points
Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers
Awards: 3x NBA Champion (2012, 2013, 2016), 3x Finals MVP, 4x MVP (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), 15x All-Star, 12x All-NBA First Team, Scoring Champion
You shouldn't be too blinded by the embarrassing current season at the Lakers - LeBron's career is already incomparable and not over yet (for a long time). His final performance in 2016 does not have to hide from any final performance in the history of the league, eight finals in a row before him only reached the Celtics of the distant past. LeBron is likely to remain the only player in the top 10 for both points and assists for the time being. With his current output he should take first place in the all-time scorers in a few years. Almost no one was the best player in the NBA for so long in a row.
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