NBA Finals Storyboards: Wilt Chamberlain
See below for the “NBA Finals Storyboards” of Wilt Chamberlain. Each and every Finals series he played has been measured, analyzed and charted below. Wilt has a complicated Finals history, as his best performances mostly occurred in the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Boston Celtics. Chamberlain’s team faced Russell’s 8 times in the playoffs, losing 7 of them despite putting up incredible statistics. With these Conference Finals games not counting in this study, his Finals record doesn’t appear as exemplary as others. That’s what happens when you play in the same conference as the greatest dynasty in sports history.
These “storyboards” were incredibly FUN for me to assemble, as I learned so much about the players and the teams involved in basketball’s biggest stage. I hope you enjoy reading them! For any questions or comments, tweet me @NBAStatsLab for some fun banter. View from top-to-bottom to see each of his Finals performances in chronological order.
NOTE: I’ve graded each Finals series by calculating the player’s “RINGscore” value. Factoring into this calculation include a player’s box score performance, win/loss result, # of games played, the difficulty of competition, # of times player led a game in stats, the player’s statistical rank over his peers, high-game outputs, and more!
On to the stats and stories of “Wilt the Stilt”…
1) Wilt Chamberlain – 1964 NBA Finals – SFW vs BOS
Click to enlarge Wilt’s 1964 NBA Finals Storyboard. The league’s best player put up an amazing fight against Boston, but ultimately couldn’t prevail against the league’s best team.
2) Wilt Chamberlain – 1967 NBA Finals – PHI vs SFW
Click to enlarge Wilt’s 1967 NBA Finals Storyboard. “Stilt” got his first ring! What’s curious is that he greatly reduced his scoring stats, while boosting his assists figures. Team ball does win championships, after all.
3) Wilt Chamberlain – 1969 NBA Finals – LAL vs BOS
Click to enlarge Wilt’s 1969 NBA Finals Storyboard. This was the worst Finals performance of his career, as the favored Lakers fell to Russell’s upstart Celtics. Boston beat multiple teams with better regular season records en route to their 11th title.
4) Wilt Chamberlain – 1970 NBA Finals – LAL vs NYK
Click to enlarge Wilt’s 1970 NBA Finals Storyboard. Wilt bounced back with an incredible performance in this series, leading every game in rebounding and scoring like his younger self. However, they could not defeat the league’s best team.
5) Wilt Chamberlain – 1972 NBA Finals – LAL vs NYK
Click to enlarge Wilt’s 1972 NBA Finals Storyboard. Finally, Chamberlain secured his 2nd championship ring. He closed out his career on top, winning the title with one of the NBA’s all-time greatest teams.