Roundtable: Reliving Wilt's feats
Chamberlain's 100-point game is the most phenomenal achievement in the NBA books. (I strongly recommend
While players today can exploit the bonus of the three-point line -- Bryant essentially earned seven extra points by going 7-of-13 from that distance against Toronto -- the pace of play makes it difficult. This season the Bucks lead the league with 86.3 attempts per game -- 20 more shots than Chamberlain attempted when he set the record. Right now, half the teams in the league are failing to average 100 points.
Maybe Bryant or
I'd like to see how LeBron would have done in that era. At 6-foot-8, he is almost as tall as Russell was, he might weigh at least as much as the 275-pound Chamberlain and experts like to say the NBA has never seen anyone of his class athletically. Two potential limitations would be (1) whether he could score out of the post as prolifically as the players of that era, and (2) whether he would be passing the ball to open teammates too often at the expense of looking for his own shot, which, of course, is how team-first winners are supposed to play.
Conversely, I have little doubt that Kobe would've gotten to the century mark in Wilt's era. Yes, the game could be physical and, yes, there wasn't a three-point line, where 21 of Kobe's 81 came from against Toronto. But defenses weren't as complex back in the pre-
Flip the coin and there are several players who, if transported back to the '60s, would top 100. LeBron, certainly. And Chamberlain was just as lousy from the line as Shaq. Kobe, Carmelo,