This is why Kareem is great to me
He put 37 or whatever against Wilt, and then 44 on Hakeem and Sampson.
If that's not telling of how much of the game KAJ was around then you can't see the BIG picture.
Wilt and Russell were the overall best bigs of that era where young kids and apologist want to say the Centers weren't as big or strong, but EVERY era has a guy stronger or bigger or more athletic than MOST of his competitors at that position.
I think you have to look at Wilt's stamina at a 7 footer, the ability to put up that many shots is HIGHLY impressive.
Imagine if Noah scored 35 points per game- that's Wilt in my opinion, probably sacrificing a bit of defensive intensity though
I saw guys hang with Shaq, just by using stamina and quickness, and I don't think none were on Wilt's level.
but then my one knock on MJ is I think the 90s had a lot of bad teams and lazy, drugged out players, but more than anything else, that's when the $$$$ was coming in and it was a new thing. i think you saw a generation of players nothing like What we have seen in the 80s or post the LeBron draft class.
I would go back to Kobe's class, but I think there was still a bit of that.