King Kong Ain’t Got Shit on Wilt
The most dominant player in the history of the NBA may be the one interesting thing about basketball’s early years, if for no other reason but the sheer absurdity of his stats. This is not to say that Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest basketball player of all time: while he is certainly in the conversation for such a meaningless honor, he may not quite be at the level of some of those yet to come. He was, however, dominant in a way that will never been seen again thanks to his unique nature. Wilt was one of the first highly skilled seven-footers, able to make plays his fellow monstrosities were too cumbersome to attempt. His high school career was so storied as to create college basketball. Before Wilt’s high school graduation, no one had ever considered having sports teams at a college competing with other colleges. Wilt was such a talent that many schools realized that having him attend their university and play basketball would probably be good for their reputation. This is why, upon his graduation in 1955, roughly 100 college basketball programs sprung up around the country.