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At 23-years, 112-days old, Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to grab 5,000 rebounds. And we all marvel at Howard's physical ability and the fantasy statistics that he puts up day in day out.
But in truth, he couldn't hold a candle to one Wilton Norman Chamberlain.
While Howard, in his fourth season, gives you 21.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.0 blocks pretty much each and every game, try to imagine what your fantasy lineup would look like if you had "Wilt the Stilt" circa 1962-63 on your fantasy roster.
In Wilt's fourth pro season, he averaged 44.8 ppg, 24.3 rpg and 3.4 apg. And that was a "down" year for the "Big Dipper" who in his third NBA season averaged 50.4 ppg, 24.7 rpg and 2.4 apg.
For Chamberlain's career, the numbers are staggering - 30.1 ppg, 22.9 rpg, 4.4 apg. He led the league in scoring seven times, rebounding 11 times and was second in assists-per-game in 1966-67. His era was before the league began to count blocked shots, but his numbers in that category would have been astronomical as he and Bill Russell were the most intimidating shot blockers in NBA history.
So while you enjoy everything that Howard does for your fantasy league team, remember to place him in the correct historical perspective when talking about all-time players. He's very good and getting better, but he'll never be the "best center who ever lived."
Howard vs. Chamberlain
| Dwight Howard thru 3/09
| Wilt Chamberlain