Before we put a bow on another NBA season, we felt it was time to unleash a Wilt Chamberlain stat ...
Wilt Chamberlain played 14 seasons in the NBA and won two championships. In 10 of the 12 other seasons, the Overbrook High product was eliminated by the eventual NBA champions.
Now, consider the fact that the Warriors missed the playoffs in their first year in San Francisco after moving from Philadelphia, and that leaves the 1961 Syracuse Nationals as the only team to eliminate Wilt from the postseason and not win the NBA title.
Here’s how Wilt’s teams fared in the playoffs each season:
|Year||Wilt's Team||Lost in||Lost to||NBA Champion|
|1960||Philadelphia Warriors||East Final||Boston Celtics||Boston Celtics|
|1961||Philadelphia Warriors||East Semifinal||Syracuse Nationals||Boston Celtics|
|1962||Philadelphia Warriors||East Final||Boston Celtics||Boston Celtics|
|1963||San Francisco Warriors||Did not qualify||—||Boston Celtics|
|1964||San Francisco Warriors||Final||Boston Celtics||Boston Celtics|
|1965||Philadelphia 76ers||East Final||Boston Celtics||Boston Celtics|
|1966||Philadelphia 76ers||East Final||Boston Celtics||Boston Celtics|
|1967||Philadelphia 76ers||Won Title||—||76ers|
|1968||Philadelphia 76ers||East Final||Boston Celtics||Boston Celtics|
|1969||Los Angeles Lakers||Final||Boston Celtics||Boston Celtics|
|1970||Los Angeles Lakers||Final||New York Knicks||New York Knicks|
|1971||Los Angeles Lakers||West Final||Milwaukee Bucks||Milwaukee Bucks|
|1972||Los Angeles Lakers||Won Title||—||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1973||Los Angeles Lakers||Final||New York Knicks||New York Knicks|