By Steve Brooks: This season Oklahoma Thunder forward Kevin Durant is closing in on the record of 40 games of 25 points scored per game set by Michael Jordan. Durant is currently one game away from tying the mark at 39, and he looks like he’ll easy break the mark. However, Yahoo Sports NBA analyst Marc Spears still sees Durant and Jordan as being below former scoring great Wilt Chamberlain in terms of being the greatest scorer of all-time. Spears sees Chamberlain at the top of the hill, with Jordan No.2, and a mix of players tied for the third.
“I’m going with Wilt Chamberlain,” Spears said to Yahoo Sports. “He scored 100 points [in a game]. Until somebody does that in a 48 minute game, I go with Wilt Chamberlain. Michael Jordan at No.2. Kobe Bryant was pretty impressive. The guy I like is Dominique Wilkins. Wilt Chamberlain by far – no ne touches him, not even Jordan as the greatest scorer ever.”
It’s impossible to compare Jordan or Durant to what the 7-foot Chamberlain accomplished during his long NBA career that spanned from the 60s to the early 70s. Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points per game in the 1961-62 season. Chamberlain followed that season up in averaging 44.8 points per game in the 1962.63 season.
Michael Jordan averaged 37.1 points per game in the 1986-87 season while playing for the Chicago Bulls. That was by far Jordan’s best season of his career. Durant, 25, is having his best season of his career this year in averaging 32 points per game, which is nowhere near close to what Chamberlain accomplished during his best years. Chamberlain was an unstoppable force during the early portion of his career, as he was an agile 7-foot player would could dribble the ball, shoot from the outside as well as the inside.
Chamberlain was scoring over 50 points per game while being triple-teamed. One can only imagine how many points Chamberlain would have scored had he been covered by just one player the way that Durant and Jordan were.