LOS ANGELES, 1972 — The only NBA player to score 4,000 points in a season, Wilt Chamberlain set NBA single-game records for most points (100), most consecutive field goals (18) and most rebounds (55). Chamberlain’s most astonishing stat was the 50.4 points per game he averaged during the 1961-62 season–and if not that, then perhaps the 48.5 minutes per game he averaged that same year.
Chamberlain would retire as the all-time leader in career points with 31,419, which would later be surpassed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. A top in rebounds with 23,924, Chamberlain led the NBA in scoring seven years in a row and to prove that he was not a selfish player, he held the NBA’s highest assist total from 1967-1968. Chamberlain was the league’s top rebounder in 11 of his 14 seasons.
Chamberlain was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1968, where he again proved that he was a competitive and successful athlete by aiding the Lakers win the 1972 NBA championship, triumphing over the New York Knicks in five straight games, and was named the NBA Finals MVP.