Sunday, December 21, 2014

Willt Week: Day 5

How Wilt and Russell compare in the 10 seasons they both played in the NBA.

Willt Week: Day 5

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The Wilt Chamberlain-Bill Russell comparisons are a plenty, but we thought we'd end Wilt Week with our favorite: their totals for the 10 seasons they were both in the league (1959-60 through 1968-69).

Please note that in those 10 seasons, Wilt made more field goals than Russell attempted, made more free throws than Russell attempted, shot 10 percentage points better from the field, outrebounded him by 1.5 a game, nearly matched him assist-for-assist, and had nearly 2½ times more points.

Those 10-year totals:

 Category      Chamberlain               Russell 
 Games  787   776 
 Minutes  36713   33412 
 Min./Game  46.65   43.06 
 Field Goals  10962   4498 
    FG Att.  20694   10252 
    FG Pct.  53.0%   43.9% 
 Free Throws  5174   2510 
    FT Att.  10057   4434 
    FT Pct.  51.4%   56.6% 
 Rebounds  19112   17501 
    Reb./Game       24.28   22.55 
 Assists  3548   3588 
    Ast./Game  4.51   4.62 
 Points  27098   11506 
    Pts./Game  34.43   14.83 
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