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Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest NBA basketball player of all time.

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SeattleSonics

Pro

I will be arguing that Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest NBA player of all time. I would like my opponent to choose one player only, to keep things simple. I wish luck to my opponent and may the best debater win. Thank you.
sakskidz

Con

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009
6-time NBA champion: 1991-93, 1996-98 (all with Chicago Bulls)
6 NBA Finals appearances: 1991-93, 1996-98
5-time NBA Most Valuable Player: 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998[1][2]
10-time scoring champion: 1987-93, 1996"98[3]
3-time steals leader: 1988, 1990, 1993
3-time minutes leader: 1987-89
14-time NBA All-Star: 1985-93, 1996"98, 2002-03[4]
3-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 1988, 1996, 1998[5]
6-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 1991-93, 1996-98[6]
1-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 1987-88[7]
11-time All-NBA selection:
First Team: 1987-93, 1996-98[8][9]
Second Team: 1985[8][9]
9-time All-Defensive selection:
First Team: 1988-93, 1996-98[10][11]
NBA All-Rookie selection:
First Team: 1985[12][13]
NBA Rookie of the Year: 1985[14]
2-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion: 1987, 1988[15]
Runner-up in 1985
7-time The Sporting News Most Valuable Player: 1987-88, 1988"89, 1990"91, 1991"92, 1995"96, 1996"97, 1997"98
The Sporting News Rookie of the Year: 1985
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 1991
Ranked #1 by SLAM Magazine's Top 50 Players of All-time[16]
Ranked #1 by ESPN SportsCentury's Top North American Athletes of the 20th Century[17]
Selected in 1996 as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History"
Selected in 1996 as member of two of the "Top 10 Teams in NBA History"
1991-92 Chicago Bulls (67"15; .817)
1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72"10; .878)
United States National Team[edit]
2x Olympic gold medals: 1984, 1992
Pan American Games gold medal: 1983
3x USA Basketball male athlete of the year: 1983, 1984 (with Sam Perkins), 1992 (as a part of the 1992 Olympic Team)
College[edit]
NCAA National Championship - University of North Carolina: 1981-82
3x Atlantic Coast Conference regular season champions: 1981"82, 1982"83, 1983"84 (undefeated)
1982 ACC Tournament champions
ACC Rookie of the Year: 1982
Naismith College Player of the Year: 1984
John R. Wooden Award: 1984
Adolph Rupp Trophy: 1984
USBWA College Player of the Year: 1984
ACC Athlete of the Year: 1984
ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year: 1984
2x The Sporting News College Player of the Year: 1983, 1984
2x Consensus First Team All-American: 1983, 1984
Achievements[edit]

Plaque chronicling Jordan's career achievements at the United Center.
Total games: 1,264 (1,072 regular season, 179 postseason, 13 All-Star Game)
Scored 0-10 points in 15 games (13 regular season, 2 All-Star Game)
Scored 10+ points in 1,249 games (1,059 regular season, 179 postseason, 11 All-Star Game)
Scored 20+ points in 1,106 games (926 regular season, 173 postseason, 7 All-Star Game)
Scored 30+ points in 673 games (562 regular season, 109 postseason, 2 All-Star Game)
Scored 40+ points in 212 games (173 regular season, 38 postseason, 1 All-Star Game)
Scored 50+ points in 39 games (31 regular season, 8 postseason)
Scored 60+ points in 5 games (4 regular season, 1 postseason)
Recorded 31 triple-doubles (28 regular season, 2 postseason, 1 All-Star Game)
Recorded 241 double-doubles (201 regular season, 39 postseason, 1 All-Star Game)
11-time regular season leader, total points (1985, '87-'93, '96-'98)
10-time regular season leader, scoring average ('86-'93, '95-'98)
3-time regular season leader, steals ('88, '90, '93)
NBA records and former records[edit]

Regular season[edit]
Scoring[edit]
Seasons leading the league in scoring: 10 (1986"87-1992"93, 1995"96-1997"98)[18]
Consecutive seasons leading the league in scoring: 7 (1986"87-1992"93)[18]
Also holds second (see below)
Tied Wilt Chamberlain
Seasons leading the league in total points: 11 (1984"85, 1986"87-1992"93, 1995"96-1997"98)
In his rookie year (1984"85), Jordan led the league in points scored, but was third in scoring average behind Bernard King and Larry Bird.
Highest scoring average, points per game, career: 30.12 (32,292/1,072)[18]
Seasons averaging 30 or more points per game: 8 (1986"87-1992"93, 1995"96)
Games scoring 30 or more points, career: 562
Games scoring 20 or more points, career: 926
Broken by Karl Malone
Consecutive games scoring 10 or more points: 866, March 25, 1986 to December 26, 2001[18][19]
840 with the Chicago Bulls; 26 with the Washington Wizards
Jordan failed to score in double digits only once as a Bull (8 points in only 16 minutes of play on March 22, 1986 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, his fifth game upon returning from a broken foot).
Consecutive points scored in a game: 23, vs. Atlanta Hawks, April 16, 1987[20]
Occurred during the last 6:33 of second quarter (17 points) and first 2:12 of third quarter (6 points)[21]
Broken since then by several players
Jordan scored 61 points and set or tied several league records in this game
Jordan also scored 18 consecutive points, all in the fourth quarter, vs. the New York Knicks on November 21, 1986
Seasons scoring 2,000 or more points: 11 (1984"85, 1986"87-1992"93, 1995"96-1997"98)
Broken by Karl Malone in 2000
Oldest player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring: 35 years, 61 days (1997"98)
Oldest player in NBA history to score 50 points in a game: 38 years, 315 days (51 points, vs. New Orleans Hornets, December 29, 2001)
Oldest player in NBA history to score 40 points in a game: 40 years, 4 days (43 points, vs. New Jersey Nets, February 21, 2003)[22]
Jordan is also the only player to score 40+ at age 40 or older.
In his final season, Jordan scored 40+ 3 times, 30+ 9 times and 20+ 42 times.
Field goals[edit]
Seasons leading the league in field goals made: 10 (1986"87-1992"93, 1995"96-1997"98)[23]
Consecutive seasons leading the league in field goals made: 7 (1986"87-1992"93)[23]
Also holds second (see below)
Seasons leading the league in field goal attempts: 9 (1986"87-1987"88, 1989"90-1992"93, 1995"96-1997"98)[23]
Free throws[edit]
Free throws made, half: 20, second half, at Miami Heat, December 30, 1992[24]
Free throws made, quarter: 14, twice[24]
14, fourth quarter, at Utah Jazz, November 15, 1989
14, fourth quarter, at Miami Heat, December 30, 1992
Broken by Vince Carter on December 23, 2005
Jordan also made 13 free throws in the second quarter of his last regular season game as a Bull, vs. the New York Knicks on April 18, 1998.
Free throw attempts, half: 23, second half, at Miami Heat, December 30, 1992[24]
Free throw attempts, quarter: 16, fourth quarter, at Miami Heat, December 30, 1992[24]
Broken by Ben Wallace on December 11, 2005
Consecutive free throws made in a game: 19, vs. New Jersey Nets, February 26, 1987
Shared with others including Bob Pettit on November 22, 1961
Broken by Dominique Wilkins on December 8, 1992 (23)
Steals[edit]
Seasons leading the league in steals: 3 (1987"88, 1989"90, 1992"93)[25]
Broken by Chris Paul
Steals, half: 8, first half, at Boston Celtics, November 9, 1988[25]
Personal fouls[edit]
Personal fouls, quarter: 6, fourth quarter, vs. Detroit Pistons, January 31, 1989
Playoffs[edit]
Scoring[edit]
Points, career: 5,987
Highest scoring average, points per game, career: 33.4 (5,987/179)
Games scoring 50 or more points, career: 8
Consecutive games scoring 50 or more points: 2, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, April 28, 1988 to May 1, 1988[26]
Jordan is the only player in NBA history to record back-to-back 50 point games in the playoffs, scoring 50 and 55 in Games 1 and 2 against the Cavs.
He also scored 49 points on April 17, 1986 and 63 on April 20, 1986 in back-to-back games against the Boston Celtics.
Games scoring 40 or more points, career: 38
Games scoring 30 or more points, career: 109
Games scoring 20 or more points, career: 173
Jordan failed to score 20 points only six times in 179 playoff games.
Consecutive games scoring 20 or more points: 60, June 2, 1989 to May 11, 1993[27]
Games scoring 10 or more points, career: 179
Jordan's entire playoff career
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal
Consecutive games scoring 10 or more points: 179, April 19, 1985 to June 14, 1998
Jordan's entire playoff career
Consecutive points scored in a game: 17, during second half (from 73 to 90 points), at New York Knicks
Debate Round No. 1
SeattleSonics

Pro

Wilt Chamberlain's career stats:
Total Minutes: 47,859
Total Field Goals Made: 12,681
Total Field Goals Attempted: 23,497
Field Goal Pct: .540%
Free Throws Made: 6057
Free Throws Attempted: 11862
Free Throw Pct: .511%
Total Rebounds: 23924
Total Assists: 4643
Total Personal Fouls: 2075
Total Points: 31,419
Rebounds Per Game: 22.9
Assists Per Game: 4.4
Points Per Game: 30.1

Basketball Hall of Fame (1978)
2-time NBA champion (1967, 1972)
NBA finals MVP (1972)
4-time NBA MVP (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968)
7-time All-NBA First Team (1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968)
3-time All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1965, 1972)
2-time All-NBA Defensive Team (1972, 1973)
Rookie of the Year (1960)
Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History

Wilt Chamberlain also hold 68 personal NBA records:
Most seasons leading league:8
Most consecutive seasons leading league:5
Highest average per game, career:45.8
Highest average per game, season:48.5
COMPLETE GAMES
Most, season:79
Most consecutive, season:47
SCORING
Most cons. seasons leading league:*7
Most points, season:4,029
Highest average, season:50.4
Most points, rookie, season:2,707
Highest average, rookie, season:37.6
Most points, game:100
Most points, rookie, game:58
Most games, 50 or more, career:118
Most games, 50 or more, season:45
Most cons.e games, 50 or more points:7
Most games, 40 or more, career:271
Most games, 40 or more, season:63
Most cons. games, 40 or more points:14
Most cons. games, 30 or more points:65
Most cons. games, 20 or more points:126
Most points, one half:59
FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE
Most seasons leading league:**9
Most cons. seasons leading league:5
Highest, season (qualifiers):.727
Highest, game (min. 15 FG):***1.000
Most field goals, no misses, game:18
FIELD GOALS
Most cons. seasons leading league:*7
Most, season:1,597
Most cons., no misses, season:35
Most, game:36
Most, one half:22
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
Most cons. seasons leading league:7
Most, season:3,159
Most, game:63
Most, one half:37
Most, one quarter:21
FREE THROWS MADE
Most, game:28
FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
Most seasons leading league:9
Most cons. seasons leading league:6
Most, season:1,363
Most, game:34
REBOUNDS
Most seasons leading league:11
Most, career:23,924
Highest average, career:22.9
Most, season:2,149
Most, rookie, season:1,941
Most seasons, 1,000 or more:13
Highest average, season:27.2
Most, game:55
Most, rookie, game:45
DISQUALIFICATIONS
Lowest percentage, career:****0.00
POINTS, PLAYOFFS
Most by rookie, game:53
MINUTES, PLAYOFFS
Most, 3-game series:144
Most, 4-game series:195
Most, 6-game series:296
FIELD GOALS, PLAYOFFS
Most, 7-game series:113
Most made, game:24
Most attempts, game:28
Most attempts, half:25
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS, PLAYOFFS
Most, 3-game series:104
Highest field goal percentage (minimum, 8):1.000*****
REBOUNDS, PLAYOFFS
Most, 5-game series:160
Most, 6-game series:171
Most, 7-game series:220
Highest average, per game, series:32.0
Most, game:41
Most, half:26
Most by rookie, game:35
MINUTES, FINALS
Most, 5-game series:240
REBOUNDS, FINALS
Most, 6-game series:171
Most, half:26
NOTES
*Tied with Michael Jordan
**Tied with Shaquille O'Neal
***Three times (15/15, 16/16, 18/18)
****Tied with several others, but played most games of any
*****Tied with 12 others

Wilt was a force to be reckoned with. Nobody could stop him. With 68 NBA records, Wilt is the greatest NBA player of all time.
sakskidz

Con

Points, one postseason: 759 (1992)

Scoring 35 or more points in all games, any playoff series: Twice
5 games, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 1988 First Round
5 games, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 1990 Conference Semifinals
Joined by Jerry West (6 games, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Baltimore Bullets, 1965) and Bernard King (5 games, New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons, 1984)

Scoring 30 or more points in all games, any playoff series: Seven times
3 games, vs. Boston Celtics, 1987 First Round
5 games, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 1988 First Round
5 games, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 1989 First Round
5 games, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 1990 Conference Semifinals
3 games, vs. Miami Heat, 1992 First Round
6 games, vs. Phoenix Suns, 1993 NBA Finals
3 games, vs. New Jersey Nets, 1998 First Round
Joined by Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Bernard King, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, and Jerry West.

Points, 3-game series: 135, vs. Miami Heat, 1992 First Round (45.0 ppg)
Also holds second (see below)

Points, 5-game series: 226, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 1988 First Round (45.2 ppg)
Also holds second (see below)

Points, game: 63, at Boston Celtics, April 20, 1986 (2 OT)[27]
Jordan has 5 of the top 10 highest scoring games by any player in NBA history.

Field goals[edit]

Field goals made, 3-game series: 53, vs. Miami Heat, 1992 First Round

Field goals made, 5-game series: 86, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 1990 Conference Semifinals
Also holds second (see below)

Field goals made, 6-game series: 101, vs. Phoenix Suns, 1993 NBA Finals

Field goals made, game: 24, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, May 1, 1988[28]
Also holds third and fourth (see below)

Consecutive field goals made in a game: 13, vs. Los Angeles Lakers, June 5, 1991

Field goal attempts, half: 25, first half, vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, May 1, 1988[28]
Also holds second (see below)

Three-point field goals[edit]

Three-point field goals made, half: 6, first half, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992[29]
Broken by Vince Carter on May 11, 2001

Three-point field goal attempts, half: 9, first half, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992
Broken by John Starks on June 22, 1994

Free throws[edit]

Free throws made, career: 1,463

Free throws made, one postseason: 183 (1989)
Broken by Dirk Nowitzki in 2006

Free throws made, game (regulation): 23, vs. New York Knicks, May 14, 1989[29]
Broken by Dirk Nowitzki on May 17, 2011
Bob Cousy made 30 of 32 free throws in a four-overtime game on March 21, 1953.

Free throws made, half: 14, second half, vs. Detroit Pistons, May 28, 1990
Broken by Magic Johnson on May 8, 1991

Free throws made, quarter: 13, fourth quarter, vs. Detroit Pistons, May 21, 1991[30]
Tied by Dirk Nowitzki on April 16, 2011

Free throw attempts, career: 1,766
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal

Free throw attempts, one postseason: 229 (1989)
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal in 1995

Free throw attempts, 4-game series: 58, vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 1985 First Round
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal in 1999

Free throw attempts, game (regulation): 28, vs. New York Knicks, May 14, 1989
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal on June 9, 2000

Free throw attempts, half: 17, second half, vs. New York Knicks, May 14, 1989
Broken by Magic Johnson on May 8, 1991

Free throw attempts, quarter: 14, fourth quarter, vs. Detroit Pistons, May 21, 1991
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal on May 20, 2000

Steals[edit]

Steals, career: 376
Broken by teammate Scottie Pippen

NBA Finals[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Highest scoring average, points per game, any championship series: 41.0 (246/6), vs. Phoenix Suns, 1993 NBA Finals[31]

Points, 6-game series: 246, vs. Phoenix Suns, 1993 NBA Finals (41.0 ppg)

Consecutive games scoring 40 or more points: 4, vs. Phoenix Suns, June 11, 1993 to June 18, 1993[31]

Consecutive games scoring 20 or more points: 35, June 2, 1991 to June 14, 1998[31]
Jordan's entire Finals career

Scoring 30 or more points in all games, any championship series: 6 games, vs. Phoenix Suns, 1993 NBA Finals
Also achieved by Elgin Baylor (1962), Rick Barry (1967), Hakeem Olajuwon (1995), and Shaquille O'Neal (2000, 2002)

Points, half: 35, first half, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992[31]
Also holds second (see below)

Field goals[edit]

Field goals made, 6-game series: 101, vs. Phoenix Suns, 1993 NBA Finals

Field goals made, half: 14, twice[32]
14, first half, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992
14, first half, vs. Phoenix Suns, June 16, 1993

Consecutive field goals made in a game: 13, vs. Los Angeles Lakers, June 5, 1991

Field goals made, 5-game series: 63, vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 1991 NBA Finals
Broken by Allen Iverson in 2001

Field goal attempts, 6-game series: 199, vs. Phoenix Suns, 1993 NBA Finals

Three-point field goals[edit]

Three-point field goals made, career: 42
Broken by Robert Horry

Three-point field goals made, game: 6, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992[31]
Broken by Kenny Smith on June 7, 1995

Three-point field goals made, half: 6, first half, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992[33]
Broken by Ray Allen on June 6, 2010

Three-point field goal attempts, game: 10, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992
Broken by John Starks on June 22, 1994

Three-point field goal attempts, half: 10, first half, vs. Portland Trail Blazers, June 3, 1992
Broken by John Starks on June 22, 1994

Free throws[edit]

Free throws made, quarter: 9, second quarter, at Utah Jazz, June 11, 1997[34]

Free throw attempts, half: 15, second half, vs. Utah Jazz, June 4, 1997
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal on June 9, 2000

Free throw attempts, quarter: 12, fourth quarter, vs. Utah Jazz, June 4, 1997
Broken by Shaquille O'Neal on June 9, 2000

Steals[edit]

Steals, 5-game series: 14, vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 1991 NBA Finals (2.8 spg)

All-Star[edit]

Points, career: 262
Broken by Kobe Bryant

Field goals made, career: 110
Broken by Kobe Bryant

Field goals made, game: 17, 1988

Field goal attempts, career: 233

Field goal attempts, game: 27, 2003 (2 OT)

Steals, career: 37

Blocked shots, half: 4, 1988

Other records[edit]

Regular season[edit]

All-Defensive First Team selections: 9

Blocked shots by a guard, career: 893

Blocked shots by a guard, season: 131 (1987"88)

Highest Player Efficiency Rating, career: 27.91

Highest Game Score on record: 64.6, at Cleveland Cavaliers, March 28, 1990

Only rookie in NBA history to lead his team in four statistics (1984"85)
Jordan led the 1984-85 Chicago Bulls in scoring (28.2 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), assists (5.9 apg) and steals (2.4 spg).
Jordan again led the Bulls in four statistics in 1987-88, this time leading the team in scoring (35.0 ppg), assists (5.9 apg), steals (3.2 spg) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg).

Second rookie in NBA history to average 20+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists (1984"85)
Oscar Robertson (1960"61), LeBron James (2003"04) and Tyreke Evans (2009"10) have also achieved this.
Jordan averaged 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He led all rookies in scoring and steals (2.4 per game).

One of two players in NBA history to score 3,000 points in a season: 3,041 points scored in 82 games played (37.1 ppg) (1986"87)
Wilt Chamberlain is the only other player to achieve this.[20]

First player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a season: 236 steals, 125 blocks (1986"87)[35]
Hakeem Olajuwon (1988"89) and Scottie Pippen (1989"90) are the only other players to do so.

Only player in NBA history with more than one season of 200 steals and 100 blocked shots: 259 steals, 131 blocks (1987"88)[35]

Only player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring and win Defensive Player of the Year in the same season (1987"88)[35]
Jordan averaged 35 points per game.

First player in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player during his career
David Robinson is the only other player to achieve this.
Debate Round No. 2
SeattleSonics

Pro

SeattleSonics forfeited this round.
sakskidz

Con

sakskidz forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by deever 4 years ago
deever
You guys should really analyze the statistics; the raw stats does not give the entire picture of the level of the player's dominance. Explain how the stats prove the player is better.
Posted by orioleking1 4 years ago
orioleking1
Of course wilt is better. Jordan made thr NBA rigged and complained to Stern about the physical play of the 1980s and early 90s.
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