Wilt Chamberlain Stats and 15 Other NBA Stars Who Compare

Wilt Chamberlain Stats and 15 Other NBA Stars Who Compare

Wilt Chamberlain, also known as ‘Wilt the Stilt,’ is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, which is why Wilt Chamberlain stats are so frequently searched. He was the third overall draft pick by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959 and spent 14 years in the NBA. He was eventually inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979. 

Chamberlain averaged an impressive 30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 45.8 minutes in 1,045 career games played. He led the league in scoring seven times (including the first six seasons of his career) and led the league in rebounding a record 11 times throughout his career.

What’s even more impressive is that Chamberlain owns 72 NBA records – 68 of which he accomplished all by himself. One of the most popular records that may never be broken is when he scored 100 points in a single game. Kobe Bryant is the next closest with 81 points scored.

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NBA Stars Who Compare to Wilt Chamberlain Stats

Wilt Chamberlain Stats and 15 Other NBA Stars Who Compare
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Wilt Chamberlain had a career that may never be duplicated. He’s the all-time leader in rebounds and was one of the greatest scorers of all-time. If it weren’t for Bill Russell, he would’ve won plenty more championships, but he still managed to win two in his career. 

Below, we’re going to look at 15 career stats from Wilt Chamberlain and pick one NBA player (former or active) that has a similar career stat in that category. For example, Chamberlain has won four MVP awards in his career – which is the same amount of MVPs as LeBron James

Another good example is Chamberlain’s 13 All-Star selections, which is tied with Bob Cousy, Dwyane Wade, and John Havlicek. Not all the stats listed below will be exact ties, but let’s see which NBA players have career stats that compare to some of these Wilt Chamberlain stats. 

(All statistics below are courtesy of NBA.com)

15. Derrick Rose

Wilt Chamberlain: 22.5 career points per game (playoffs)

Derrick Rose: 22.4 career points per game (playoffs)

Wilt Chamberlain and Derrick Rose had similar ‘points per game’ averages in the playoffs. Of course, it’s important to note that Chamberlain played in 160 career playoff games to Rose’s 51 career playoff games. At the same time, Rose played almost 10 minutes less per game. 

Other players that came close to this statistic were Isaiah Thomas (22.6 points per game in playoffs) and Dwyane Wade (22.3 points per game in playoffs). Of the three players we’re comparing to Wilt, only Wade played in more playoff games (Wade’s 177 to Wilt’s 160 games).

14. Hakeem Olajuwon

Wilt Chamberlain: 2,728 career field goals attempted (playoffs)

Hakeem Olajuwon: 2,847 career field goals attempted (playoffs)

Wilt Chamberlain and Hakeem Olajuwon recorded similar career field goals attempted in the playoffs – Chamberlain had 119 less than Olajuwon. In terms of all-time leaders for field goals attempted in the playoffs, Chamberlain currently ranks 17th and Olajuwon ranks 16th. 

Another name worth mentioning is Dennis Johnson, who attempted 2,661 playoff field goals – he currently ranks 18th all-time. Johnson played in more playoff games than Chamberlain and Olajuwon, but only shot 44% from the field – Chamberlain and Olajuwon were over 52%.

13. Dwyane Wade

Wilt Chamberlain: 1,425 career field goals made (playoffs)

Dwyane Wade: 1,450 career field goals made (playoffs)

We briefly mentioned Dwyane Wade earlier with the playoff points per game average, but now let’s look at how close the two were in career field goals made in the playoffs – Wade had 25 more than Wilt the Stilt. Keep in mind that Wade played 17 more playoff games than Wilt. 

Other names worth mentioning here are John Havlicek (1,451 playoff field goals made) and Elgin Baylor (1,388 playoff field goals made). As of right now, Wilt Chamberlain ranks 15th all time – Havlicek ranks 13th, Wade ranks 14th, and Baylor ranks 16th. Larry Bird had 1,458!

12. Magic Johnson

Wilt Chamberlain: 7,559 career minutes played (playoffs)

Magic Johnson: 7,538 career minutes played (playoffs)

Let’s turn our attention to career minutes played in the playoffs. Wilt Chamberlain ranks ninth all-time with 7,559 playoff minutes played, while Magic Johnson ranks 10th all-time with 7,538 playoff minutes played. What’s crazy is that Wilt played in 30 less playoff games than Magic.

That just goes to show how often Chamberlain was utilized on the floor – more so than Bill Russell, who had 7,497 playoff minutes played (despite playing in five more playoff games than Wilt). Tony Parker had 7,758 playoff minutes played, but played in 66 more games than Wilt. 

11. Elgin Baylor

Wilt Chamberlain: 3,607 career points scored (playoffs)

Elgin Baylor: 3,623 career points scored (playoffs)

Despite playing in 26 more playoff games than Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain wasn’t quite able to score more points than him – coming up 16 points shy of Baylor’s 3,623 playoff points. Baylor averaged 27.0 points per game in the playoffs, while Chamberlain averaged just 22.5. 

Other players worth mentioning are Scottie Pippen, who scored 3,642 points in 208 playoff games, and Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 3,663 points in 145 playoff games. James Harden can rise up this list in the coming years – he’s currently sitting at 3,389 points in 147 playoff games. 

10. Elden Campbell

Wilt Chamberlain: 1,045 career games played (regular season)

Elden Campbell: 1,044 career games played (regular season)

We’re shifting our focus to the regular season for the next 10 stats, starting with career games played. Wilt Chamberlain currently ranks 119th all-time with 1,045 games played in the regular season, while Elden Campbell ranks 120th all-time with 1,044 regular season games played. 

Other players worth mentioning are Leroy Ellis with 1,048 games played, Rashard Lewis with 1,049 games played, Chauncey Billups with 1,043 games played, Danny Ainge with 1,042 games played, and Oscar Robertson with 1,040 games played. That’s some great company!

9. Shaquille O’Neal

Wilt Chamberlain: 11,862 career free throws attempted (regular season)

Shaquille O’Neal: 11,252 career free throws attempted (regular season)

Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal were known for a lot of things and while they saw a lot of free throw attempts throughout their career, they didn’t make a lot of them. Chamberlain ranks second all-time with 11,862 career free throws attempted, while Shaq ranks third with 11,252. 

Despite their frequent trips, Chamberlain only shot 51.1% from the free throw line and O’Neal only shot 52.7% from the charity stripe. The only player with more free throw attempts is Karl Malone, who finished his career with 13,188 free throw attempts – he shot 74.2% from the line. 

8. David Robinson

Wilt Chamberlain: 6,057 career free throws made (regular season)

David Robinson: 6,035 career free throws made (regular season)

While Wilt Chamberlain ranked second all-time in free throws attempted, he only ranked 20th all-time in free throws made – largely due to his 51.1% shooting from the free throw line. David Robinson ranks 21st all-time with 22 less career free throws made in the regular season. 

Dominique Wilkins ranks 22nd with 6,031 free throws made and Shaquille O’Neal, who we talked about above, ranks 23rd all-time with 5,935 free throws made. Wilkins and Robinson were much more efficient from the line, shooting 81.1% and 73.6% from the line respectively.

7. John Havlicek

Wilt Chamberlain: 23,497 career field goals attempted (regular season)

John Havlicek: 23,930 career field goals attempted (regular season)

Most people wouldn’t even think to compare John Havlicek and Wilt Chamberlain, but they do share one thing in common – the number of field goals attempted in the regular season. Wilt ranks ninth all-time with 23,497 field goals attempted, while Havlicek ranks seventh with 23,930.

Other names worth a mention here include Dirk Nowitzki, who ranks eighth all-time with 23,734 field goals attempted (more on him later), and Carmelo Anthony, who ranks 10th all-time with 22,643 career field goals attempted. These players love to shoot and they prove why often. 

6. Karl Malone

Wilt Chamberlain: 12,681 career field goals made (regular season)

Karl Malone: 13,528 career field goals made (regular season)

We briefly mentioned Karl Malone above with the free throws attempted, but now let’s talk about his field goals made – which is somewhat close to Wilt Chamberlain stats. Chamberlain ranks fourth all-time with 12,681 field goals made, while Malone ranks third all-time with 13,528. 

The only two players with more made field goals in their career are LeBron James (13,543) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837). Michael Jordan (who we’ll talk about further below) ranks fifth all-time behind Chamberlain with 12,192 career field goals made in the regular season. 

5. John Stockton

Wilt Chamberlain: 47,859 career minutes played (regular season)

John Stockton: 47,766 career minutes played (regular season)

Wilt Chamberlain was a prolific scorer and rebounder, while John Stockton was known for his passing and steals. Their stat sheets might not look similar, but they did finish their careers with similar minutes played. Chamberlain ranks ninth all-time, while Stockton ranks tenth all-time. 

Kobe Bryant ranked eighth all-time with almost 800 more minutes than Chamberlain and Elvin Hayes ranked seventh with a perfect 50,000 minutes played. Reggie Miller, Tim Duncan, and Gary Payton all came within 700 minutes of Chamberlain – all of whom had long careers. 

4. Michael Jordan

Wilt Chamberlain: 30.1 career points per game (regular season)

Michael Jordan: 30.1 career points per game (regular season)

No two basketball players have finished their career with better scoring averages per game than Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. They each finished their career with 30.1 points per game, but what’s even more incredible is that they both played over 1,000 games in the NBA. 

That’s not an easy thing to do, considering Elgin Baylor ranks third all-time with 27.4 – that’s a difference of 2.7 points per game, which shows how dominant MJ and Wilt really were. Kevin Durant and LeBron James both average over 27 points per game, but they’re not even close.

3. Jason Williams

Wilt Chamberlain: 4,643 career assists (regular season)

Jason Williams: 4,611 career assists (regular season)

What might be the most shocking name to come up on this list, let’s talk about Jason Williams – one of the flashiest players of all-time. While Wilt Chamberlain wasn’t known for his passing, he did average 4.4 assists per game over 1,045 games – totaling 4,643 assists in his career. 

That number has Chamberlain ranked 81st all-time, which is just 32 assists ahead of Williams (who only played 788 games in the NBA, might I add). Other players worth mentioning are Lafayette Lever (4,696 assists), Joe Dumars (4,612 assists), and Paul Pierce (4,708 assists).

2. Bill Russell

Wilt Chamberlain: 23,924 career rebounds (regular season)

Bill Russell: 21,620 career rebounds (regular season)

Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell were known for going head-to-head, so it should come as no surprise to see Russell on this list – and what better stat to commemorate the two than rebounds. Chamberlain ranked first with 23,924 and Russell ranked second with 21,620. 

They’re the two greatest rebounders of all-time, each averaging more than 22 rebounds per game throughout their career. For reference, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ranks third all-time with 17,440 career rebounds and Bob Pettit ranks third all-time with 16.2 rebounds per game. 

1. Dirk Nowitzki

Wilt Chamberlain: 31,419 career points (regular season)

Dirk Nowitzki: 31,560 career points (regular season)

The final state we’re going to discuss is career points scored. Wilt Chamberlain currently ranks seventh all-time with 31,419 career points scored, while Dirk Nowitzki ranks sixth all-time with 31,560 career points scored. It should be noted that Nowitzki played almost 500 more games. 

The only five players to score more points than Chamberlain and Nowitzki are Michael Jordan (32,292), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Karl Malone (36,928), LeBron James (37,062), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387). Shaquille O’Neal ranks eighth, but is almost 3,000 behind Wilt. 

Wilt Chamberlain Stats & Records to Remember

Wilt Chamberlain had himself an NBA career that will never be forgotten. I mean, just look at the Wilt Chamberlain stats listed above and some of the all-time greats they compare to. He did it all in his 14 seasons in the NBA – he scored, rebounded, passed the ball, and played defense.

He not only had the most points scored in one game, but has the most points in a single season, most points in a half, most games with more than 50 points (career and single season), and most points by a rookie. He also has the most rebounds in a career, season, and game. 

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His coveted 100-point game came on March 2, 1962 against the New York Knicks. Wilt the Stilt’s Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Knicks 169-147. He went 38 of 63 from the field and 28 of 32 from the free throw line. In addition to his 100 points, he grabbed 25 total rebounds.

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