Wilt Chamberlain is still remembered as a dominant force that once ruled the NBA by capturing almost every individual record. His name is associated with 72 NBA records (68 of which he holds by himself), which pretty much means Wilt still to this day dominates the NBA record book. However, some of the most popular ones are when he scored 100 points in a single game or had 55 rebounds against his arch-rival Bill Russell. Wilt also owned season records like points (50.4), rebounds (27.2), and minutes (48.5) per game (48.5) and was the first player to shoot over 50% from the field for an entire season.
Wilt is not just the top guy on all the records he holds in the league. In several cases, he’s No. 1, 2, and 3. It’s hard to believe that there will ever be another player who can dominate as many statistical categories as the Big Dipper did.
But in the later stage of his career, on March 27 in 1973, to be exact, Wilt did something unthinkable for a player of his caliber and finished the game with zero points against Milwaukee Bucks. What is even stranger is that he played 46 minutes without a single field goal or free throw. After the Bucks game, which was also his last game in the regular season, Wilt scored only one point. He shot 0 for 1 from the field but connected on 1 for 2 from the line.
By the early 1970s, Chamberlain was no longer the player he once was in terms of scoring 40 or 50 points and grabbing 20 plus rebounds on a nightly basis. However, some of Wilt’s later seasons still prove he is one of the most versatile players in the league. Wilt averaged 14 points per game in those seasons and shot an absurd 72.7 percent from the field in 1972-73, which is still a single-season record. It’s always incredible how efficient he was in his last NBA season.
Even though he scored less, he was still a force when it comes to rebounding and passing. He cleaned the glass to the tune of a combined 18.9 rebounds per game over his final two seasons, which is slightly lower than his career average of 22.9, but good enough to lead the NBA both seasons. Meanwhile, he dished out 4.2 APG in those seasons.
Wilt made the NBA all-defensive first team in his last two seasons. Lakers were second in defensive rating for 1971/1972 and third in the same category for 1972/1973 season.
Who knows what happened in Wilt’s head on March 27, when he didn’t even attempt a single field goal, but he finished the game with 14 rebounds and four assists. After that, he had only 1 point but grabbed 18 rebounds and dished out nine assists.
For everyone interested, you can check out the box score from that game here.