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Wilton "Wilt" Chamberlain
  • Two-time NCAA All-American
  • NBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in first NBA season
  • Thirteen-time All-Star; Four-time NBA MVP
  • Set numerous NBA scoring and rebounding records that still stand
Chamberlain, Wilton "Wilt"
Inducted 1997

Born: August 21, 1936 – Philadelphia, PA

Died: October 12, 1999 – Los Angeles, CA

Graduated: Overbrook High, Philadelphia, 1955

Attended: University of Kansas, 1956-58.


A large and powerful man at 7'-1", Wilt Chamberlain is considered by many to be the greatest offensive player in basketball history. A High School All-American, consensus college All-American at Kansas in 1957 and 1958, Chamberlain led the Jayhawks to the NCAA finals in 1957 earning Most Valuable Player honors.

Chamberlain at KU

Chamberlain scored 52 points in his varsity debut at KU and averaged 29.9 points and 18.9 rebounds in his two seasons in Lawrence.

Professional Highlights

Chamberlain played for the Harlem Globetrotters in 1958 before being drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors in the first round of the 1959 NBA draft.  His impact on the NBA was immediate as he became the first player to earn Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in his first season, 1960.  During his 14-year NBA career, he played with Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where he set many NBA records including Most Points Scored in a career - 31,419; season - 4,029; and game - 100; career scoring average - 30.1 ppg; and season scoring average - 50.4 ppg in 1962.  He scored over 55 points in 72 games. Wilt also set rebounding records with 23,924 in his career, 2,149 in one season and 55 in one game.  He led NBA in scoring seven years, rebounding 11 years, and in assists in 1968.  Chamberlain played 47,859 minutes in 1,045 games, and never fouled out.  He played on NBA championship teams in Philadelphia, 1967, and Los Angeles, 1972.  Played in 13 All-Star games; MVP, 1960.  He was chosen as the NBA's MVP in 1960, 1966, 1967, and 1968.  Chamberlain was also selected to NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, 1996.