Yes, some of his stats were "inflated". The pace of the game was much, much faster back then. In today's game, we have about 90-100 possessions a game for each team. Back then, it wasn't uncommon to have 110-130 possessions.
Think about that.
If Kobe scores 30 in 90 possessions. In 120, he might average 40.
However, that said, going by the %s, Wilt was still the second best rebounder of All-Time. Only Rodman grabbed a higher % of rebounds available than Wilt. Wilt once LED THE LEAGUE in assists as a center. This was in the era where if a player took a dribble, you no longer got the assist. He has a season of 7.8 assists as well as a season of 8.6. He led the league in FG%. He was a DPOY caliber player; he would have been the All-Time NBA leader in blocks. He had a bank shot out to 15 feet much like Duncan does. He's the most athletic 7'+ in the history of the NBA (4.5 40yd dash, 500+lbs bench press, 66" high jump in college which is not the same as vert, but still). I think he has the most unstoppable/effective set of post scoring moves in NBA history as well (not the same as best which goes to Hakeem Olajuwon). Just like Shaq, he was capable of bull-dozing people, but he also had a fade-away jumper in the post, an unstoppable hook shot (much like Kareem, but used less frequently), AND that sweet finger roll with either hand.
If you look at what Shaq did to this era (two seasons of 30ppg,15rpg in the playoffs), and consider that, in my opinion, Wilt was a more capable scorer and was DEFINITELY a better rebounder and defender, what do you get man? I think the most unstoppable force in the history of basketball.
However, people will always question Wilt because of the competition. The fact of the matter is that Wilt averaged 29/29 against Bill Russell, out-played Kareem in their head to head games, and even destroyed Nate Thurmond on a regular basis. If the competition was so weak, why didn't anyone else do it?
Wilt is capable of playing all styles of big man basketball: half-court, high post, low post, and fast break. He is the most versatile center in the history of basketball. A lot of people would start their 'chise with Jordan, but, for my tastes, Wilt Chamberlain is who I go with.
Edited by L4L, August 01, 2008 - 03:39 AM.