The Stilt’s NBA debut

On October 24, 1959, Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain scored 43 points in his NBA debut, helping the Philadelphia Warriors claim a 118-109 victory over the New York Knicks.

photo source: nba.com

photo source: nba.com

“The Stilt” was given his name by a reporter covering the 6-foot-11 high school student. Hundreds of college scouts made offers for the larger than life player. He played with the University of Kansas Jayhwaks for two seasons before leaving school to play with the Harlem Globetrotters. Shortly after his death, he became the team’s first player to have his number, 13, retired.

Chamberlain was drafted by the Warriors in 1959 and finished his rookie season as Rookie of the Year and MVP. He made 13 post-season appearances and has two championship rings.

The game was the beginning of a record setting 1,045 consecutive games, his entire career, without a disqualification. The record was broken in 1991 by Moses Malone, who was with the Atlanta Hawks at the time.

Chamberlain stirred controversy when he would jump from the foul line to the basket to get the free throw point, causing the rules change. e became one of the worst free throw shooters in the league.

The 1978 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee is most famous for scoring a record 100 points in one game, a record he still holds today.

Chamberlain passed away on October 12, 1999 of heart failure in his own home. His legacy, however, lives on. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said, “Wilt was one of the greatest ever, and we will never see another like him.”

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