- Wilt Chamberlain averaging 50 pts and 27 rebounds a game
- Wilt Chamberlain averaging 45 minutes a game for his entire CAREER
- John Stockton with 15k assists
- Kareem with 38k points
- Bill Russell with 11 championships
- Jordan’s 6 Finals MVPs (Magic/Lebron/Shaq are second with 3 Finals MVPs each) and 10 scoring titles (Chamberlain is second with 7)
- 2016 Warriors 73–9 record
- Wilt Chamberlain leading the league in rebounding 11 times
- Wilt Chamberlain averaging 8 assists a game as a center
- Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points and 55 rebounds in a game
Not at all. He gets an unfair amount of hate it seems for needing a superteam to win. Well tell me how many players have won anything by themselves? Turns out you need good teammates to win something. Jordan needed Pippen. Magic needed Kareem. Bird needed McHale. You can’t win with nothing. The fact that Lebron took his team to the Finals in 2007 pretty much by himself is impressive enough. The fact that the Cavs gave him absolutely nothing to work with forced him to switch to another team. I don’t there’s anything wrong with that. Would you rather he have 0 rings but stayed on one team?
What’s more is that people hate on him for being TOO good! its true – he goes to the Finals every year – because he’s clearly the best player on the East, and takes whatever team he goes to the Finals. Tell me this if Kobe switched to the East and took his team to the Finals every year would you be hating on him the same way people hate on Lebron? Its not sensible to me. Then people hate on his Finals record, because they need to pick something to hate on. Ok, if Lebron goes to the West, his Finals record would ironically be better! Why? because you would need a better team in the West to go to the Finals with – meaning he would win the Finals more often than he would in the East – giving him a better Finals record. So people are basically hating on him for being too good and taking his team to the Finals ever year. He’s been the underdog almost every time – the fact that he won 3 out of 8 Finals trips is actually quite impressive given that the best player he’s ever played with is 2011 Wade (Wade declined after 2011).
BTW – did you know the 80s Western Conference was just as weak as the Eastern conference is now? Magic and Kareem basically cruised to the playoffs every year – funny how no one ever gives them the same flak Lebron gets. AND they got swept twice as well! No one brings that up either.
His stats are remarkable – 27/7/7 over 14 years of play. his PER and Win shares are among the highest in NBA history. He is a top 5 player all time no question. The fact that he gets hated on so much is frankly ridiculous.
The reason why the trend shifted from centers to forwards and guards like other people mentioned, really is because of the 3 point line. The 3 point line had such an impact on the NBA I would compare it to the institution of the shot clock. You had the before shot clock era and after shot clock era. Now the division of center dominance and guard/forward dominance really is the before 3pt era and after 3pt era. The 3 point line was instituted started in the 1979–1980 NBA season.
Before the 1980 NBA season, out of 25 MVP awards, centers received 21 with the lone non center MVPs going to Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson and Bob Pettit.
After the 1980 NBA season (after 3pt line introduced), the only centers that have received MVP are Moses Malone, Hakeem, Robinson, Shaq. That is, after 1980, out of 27 MVP awards, 22/27 went to forwards/guards (I don’t count Duncan as center here since he played PF in his MVP seasons). That is a complete reversal of the trend before the 3pt line was introduced. And it makes sense. if 3pters are more valuable and give the team more points, less reason to have a dominating big man who only makes 2 pters.