PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – MAY 30
By Leo Haggerty
WILT STILL #1
First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.
Just finished watching the 10-part documentary The Last Dance. A little hard to follow with the jumping back and forth from the 1997-98 season to the past but, all in all, it was extremely informative and entertaining.
The one thing The Last Dance solidified was that Michael Jordan was the greatest playoff player of all time. With six championship rings, there is no doubt that #23 is the GOAT when it comes to post-season play.
Now, is MJ the greatest basketball player of all time? Some people will say that’s a given but I would almost guarantee you that those people have NEVER seen the greatest hoopster ever to lace up a pair of sneakers and that is none other than Wilt Chamberlain.
Now, before you call me crazy, let me present you with these facts. Wilt had 78 documented triple-doubles compared to 30 for Michael.
Wilt allegedly had 4 quadruple doubles and possibly more. That’s only because official stats were not kept for steals and blocks at that time.
There’s only been four other players that achieved the coveted quadruple-double. Michael Jordan’s name is not included on that list.
#13 had the only quintuple-double in history of the National Basketball Association on March 18th of 1968. The Stilt recorded, and again this is not official but well documented, 53 points, 32 rebounds, 14 assists, 24 blocks and 11 steals.
Now, while you’re digesting those numbers, let me follow that up with these. Only six players have scored 60 or more points. Wilt did it 32 times. Yes, you’re reading that correctly and Michael did it five times.
Finally, of the ten highest single game scoring performances, almost everyone knows that Chamberlain leads that category with 100 points in 1962. What few people realize is that, if you consider the top 20 scoring games in NBA history, Wilt’s name appears 12 times. Yes, a dozen times.
Jordan is #12 on that list with a 69-point effort. Wilt has six games higher than that.
So, I’ll concede that Michael Jordan is the GOAT for championships but he’s not the greatest of all time. That honor goes to Wilt Chamberlain, hands down and the numbers bear me out.
I rest my case. What’s you opinion?