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Who was the best NBA center of all time and why?

I think the main contenders for this spot is either Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

First off, out of these 3 I rank Russell the lowest because even though he was the best defender of the three, the greatest winner and arguably the best team player, he lacked the 2 way dominance the other two had. In terms of intangibles Russell might be #1, but I place him below Wilt/Kareem.

Now for Wilt vs Kareem it really depends on whether you value prime output or longevity. This is a big debate among fans and there’s no right answer. For example, would you take Robert Parish 21 years of above average play or Bill Walton 2 years of transcendental play? Would you take Bernard King a SF with an incredible unstoppable prime, or Paul Pierce an above average SF with a long career but a not so dominant prime?

Wilt has the most incredible prime out of any player in NBA history, MJ included. He averaged 50 points a game one season, scored 100 points in one time, grabbed 55 rebounds in one game, led the league in assists etc it goes on and on. However he only played 13 seasons.

Kareem along with Duncan, Malone, Stockton, Kobe, Lebron etc has one of the longest careers of exceptional play out of any NBA player but his prime doesn’t quite match Wilt’s. He played 7 more seasons than Wilt did, yet I believe that Wilt would have exceeded almost all of Kareem’s records (except for rings maybe) if he played just as long as Kareem did.

So for me I’m picking Wilt over Kareem because I believe that Wilt was the more talented player, post knee-injury Wilt was able to block prime Kareem’s skyhook and match him one on one and I do believe that if Wilt was in his prime, he would dominate Kareem. But it’s a close choice and I really don’t fault anyone for picking Kareem over Wilt as well as I understand the reasons behind it.

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What are the most unbreakable records in the NBA?

  1. Wilt Chamberlain averaging 50 pts and 27 rebounds a game
  2. Wilt Chamberlain averaging 45 minutes a game for his entire CAREER
  3. John Stockton with 15k assists
  4. Kareem with 38k points
  5. Bill Russell with 11 championships
  6. Jordan’s 6 Finals MVPs (Magic/Lebron/Shaq are second with 3 Finals MVPs each) and 10 scoring titles (Chamberlain is second with 7)
  7. 2016 Warriors 73–9 record
  8. Wilt Chamberlain leading the league in rebounding 11 times
  9. Wilt Chamberlain averaging 8 assists a game as a center
  10. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points and 55 rebounds in a game
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Would Wilt Chamberlain dominate the NBA today?

Absolutely.

43 year old Wilt blocked every shot against Magic, Bernard King, James Worthy, Byron Scott and AC Green. I would share this video to every one of those stupid millenial kids these days that think Wilt was a scrub who couldn’t play against todays players and who think Shaq or Kobe are the greatest ever.

He was a physical freak of nature that could play in any era.

However, I don’t think he’ll be averaging 50 points and 23 rebounds a game mainly because the pace of the game has slowed down, and he wouldn’t be playing 45 minutes a game like he was before. I think he could probably average something like 30/15 a game though, Shaq has done that before and Wilt is not so different than a Shaq who cares a little more about defense and conditioning.

So yeah – he would be Shaq who is better at defense and cares more about his conditioning and that means he could most definitely dominate today.