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Basketball is one of the most popular and storied sports in the world. For decades, the world's best basketball players have achieved international fame and glory through their performances on the court, in some cases becoming true global icons. As successive eras of basketball superstars have passed, the debate over which player is the greatest of all time has evolved with ever-increasing complexity and passion. Taking into account championships, records, accolades, statistics, and impact on the game, which player stands above all the rest? Who is the greatest NBA player of all time?

Wilt Chamberlain is the best basketball player of all time Show more Show less

Chamberlain set some of the most incredible and unbreakable records in basketball history.
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Chamberlain's records are untouchable

Many of the statistical records set by Chamberlain have never been approached by any other player.
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The Argument

Wilt Chamberlain was the king of the box score, routinely putting up eye-catching numbers and setting some of basketball's most iconic and unbreakable records. Standing over seven feet tall and weighing over 250 pounds in an era when most players were comparatively undersized, Chamberlain towered over most of his competitors, and he used his extraordinary athleticism to its full potential. In most NBA seasons, scoring over 30 points per game is sufficient to be among the league's top scorers. Chamberlain is not only the sole player to have averaged more than 40 points per game for a season, but in fact averaged over 50 points per game in the 1961-62 season. Perhaps his most famous record is scoring 100 points in a game, an NBA record, on March 2, 1962. The closest any other player has come to this record is 81 points, achieved by Kobe Bryant over 40 years later. To date, Chamberlain still holds 4 of the 6 highest-scoring single games in NBA history. Aside from scoring, he holds various similarly mind-boggling records in rebounds, assists, and more obscure categories such as minutes played. Going by the numbers, Chamberlain is the greatest of all time.

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[P1] Chamberlain has far and away the best statistics of any single player. [P2] Therefore, he is the best player of all time.

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