Walt Frazier: Chamberlain was best ever, Abdul-Jabbar not even in top 5

walt-frazier-knicksThe question about the “greatest basketball player of all time” has been raised way too many times. And it is a matter of opinion. A lot of people, including those who played in the NBA themselves, say that the greatest one is Michael Jordan.

Some, however, disagree. And one of them is legendary NY Knicks guard Walt Frazier. He believes the greatest ever is none other than Wilt Chamberlain.

“If I had to pick a guy it would be Wilt Chamberlain, because if you look at his records, it’s hilarious, nobody will approach any of his records. So he would be my guy. Bill Russell would be behind him,” Frazier said in a conversation with Bleacher Report.

Frazier also said admitted that another NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is never mentioned when people discuss “the greatest ever”.

“A guy who is always overlooked is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — the leading scorer in the history of the game. The skyhook is the most lethal weapon the game has ever seen, but when people talk about the greatest player he’s not even in the top five,” Frazier said.

One of the reasons why it is hard to compare players is due to the difference of eras. Frazier played against Chamberlain, others have never seen Wilt play and say Jordan is the best there ever was.

Still, Frazier is not too far off when he says Chamberlain was “the best ever”. Chamberlain’s stats stood the test of time. He holds numerous NBA all-time records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories.

Chamberlain is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He also won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage, and eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists.

Chamberlain is the only player in the NBA to average 48.5 minutes per game, while according to the official NBA rules, a game lasts only 48 minutes.

Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat he accomplished nine times. He is also the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career.

Throughout his career, Chamberlain played for Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Prior to entering the NBA, Chamberlain player for the University of Kansas and then for the Harlem Globetrotters.

He won two NBA championships, in 1967 and in 1972, with Philadelphia and LA Lakers respectively. Chamberlain was a 13-time NBA All-Star, and got inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1996, Chamberlain got selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History of 1996.


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