Wilt Chamberlain

1936 - 1999

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Wilton Norman Chamberlain ( CHAYM-bər-lin; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American professional basketball player. Standing 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall, he played center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 14 seasons. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Chamberlain was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978 and elected to the NBA's 35th, 50th, and 75th anniversary teams. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilt Chamberlain has received more than 21,302,980 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Wilt Chamberlain is the 4th most popular basketball player, the 441st most popular biography from United States (up from 470th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Basketball Player.

Wilt Chamberlain is most famous for being the only person to score 100 points in a single NBA game.

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Among basketball players, Wilt Chamberlain ranks 4 out of 1,757Before him are Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After him are Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Jerry West, Clyde Drexler, Dražen Petrović, and Larry Bird.

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Among people born in 1936, Wilt Chamberlain ranks 19Before him are Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Andrei Chikatilo, F. W. de Klerk, John McCain, Valery Legasov, and Ismail Kadare. After him are Dennis Hopper, Ursula Andress, Barack Obama Sr., Harald zur Hausen, Uwe Seeler, and Zubin Mehta. Among people deceased in 1999, Wilt Chamberlain ranks 11Before him are Pete Conrad, Hussein of Jordan, Mario Puzo, Gertrude B. Elion, Joaquín Rodrigo, and Amália Rodrigues. After him are Yehudi Menuhin, Anatoliy Solovianenko, Wassily Leontief, Georgios Papadopoulos, Willi Stoph, and Robert Bresson.

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Among people born in United States, Wilt Chamberlain ranks 441 out of 20,380Before him are The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), J. Paul Getty (1892), Richard Widmark (1914), Jim Mattis (1950), Albert Fish (1870), and Michael Porter (1947). After him are Jack Kerouac (1922), Dennis Hopper (1936), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Herbert A. Simon (1916), Edward Hopper (1882), and Leslie Groves (1896).


Among basketball players born in United States, Wilt Chamberlain ranks 4Before him are Michael Jordan (1963), Shaquille O'Neal (1972), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947). After him are Bill Russell (1934), Magic Johnson (1959), Kobe Bryant (1978), Dennis Rodman (1961), Jerry West (1938), Clyde Drexler (1962), Larry Bird (1956), and LeBron James (1984).