Wilt Chamberlain would have turned 79 today

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High school player Wilt Chamberlain. (Photo by William C. Greene/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain, Kansas University's lanky 7-foot basketball star, holds ball loosely between arm and hip as he posed for a picture during pause in practice in Allen Field House in Lawrence, Kan., March 1, 1957. (AP Photo)
University of Kansas center Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain (13) sinks a push shot from 15 feet out during game against University of California Bears on Dec. 18, 1956. California's Don McIntosh (56) is at left and Larry Friend (38) is at right. (AP Photo)
Wilt Chamberlain chatting with Milt Gross, New York Post Staff writer, during an interview, Dec. 27, 1957 in Kansas City hotel. (AP Photo)
BOSTON, MA - 1959: Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Philadelphia Warriors during a game circa 1959 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1959 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia Warriors, shoots over Boston defenders in Philadelphia, in March 1960. (AP Photo)
Wilt (the Stilt) Chamberlain is shown with trophy he received from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Assn. basketball Club in Philadelphia, March 28, 1960. (AP Photo)
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors holds a sign reading "100" in the dressing room in Hershey, Pa., after he scored 100 points as the Warriors defeated the New York Knickerbockers 169-147, March 2, 1962. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis)
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers, tosses in foul soul shot to become the second player in history of the NBA to score 20,000 points as he sank 50 in 76ers- New York Knicks game in Philadelphia, Jan. 2, 1965. Chamberlain had been fouled by Willis Reed of the Knicks before sinking his 20,000th point. Watching are Al Bianchi (24) of the 76ers, and Walt Bellamy (8) (right) of the Knicks. The 76ers won, 133-122. (A Photo/Bill Ingraham)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 11: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia's sensational rookie, lays one up and in despite defensive efforts of Knicks' Charlie Tyra in first period at Garden. Looking up at the action are Willie Naulls (left) and Woody Sauldsberry (14). Warriors broke open a tight game in closing minutes to dump locals, 116-103. (Photo by Charles Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Detroit Piston players Walter Dukes (left) and George Lee can't get high enough to block the Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain's shot, Detroit, Michigan, February 8, 1961. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
BOSTON - 1967: Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Philadelphia 76ers posts up against Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1967 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1967 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - 1967: Overhead view of Wilt Chamberlain #13 (1936 - 1999) (in dark jersey) of the Philadelphia 76ers is helped off the floor after being fouled during an NBA game against the Boston Celtics on the parquet floor of the Boston Garden circa 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers gets champagne poured on him on April 12, 1967, in the 76ers dressing room after Philadelphia defeated the Boston Celtics 140-116 to win the Eastern Division NBA championship. Surrounding Chamberlain are from the left are Bob Weiss, Matt Guokas, Wally Jones and Dave Gambee. (AP Photo)
Basketball star Wilt Chamberlain extends a long left in the direction of world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali as they met at an ABC television studio in New York, March 10, 1967. Chamberlain stands 7 feet, 1 inch tall, and Ali is 6 feet, 2 inches tall. Chamberlain's reach is over 90 inches, Ali's is 79 inches. Their proposed fight, in all seriousness, never came off. (AP Photo)
UNDATED: Los Angeles Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain #13 lounges on his deck chair in his backyard. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
BOSTON - UNDATED: Los Angeles Lakers' center Wilt Chamberlain #13 jumps during a game against the Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden circa 1960's in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - 1970: Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970 season at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1970 NBAE (Photo by Vernon Biever/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 24, 1972: Center Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Los Angeles Lakers lays the ball into the basket past Butch Beard #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game on March 24, 1972 at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by: Ron Kuntz Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain, left, stands beside a backboard and hoop trophy that was presented to him after he became the all-time leading rebounder in NBA history, in Los Angeles, Jan. 31, 1972. (AP Photo)
Los Angeles Lakers' star Wilt Chamberlain is seen, 1973. (AP Photo)
Los Angeles Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain (13) stretches to try to block shot by New York Knicks Willis Reed, but Reed got past Wilt's long arm and scored during the second game of NBA championship playoff series in Inglewood, Calif., Thursday, May 4, 1973. Left is Knicks Dean Meminger (7). Knicks defeated Lakers 99-95, to even series at a game apiece. (AP Photo
Wilt Chamberlain, right, coach, of the San Diego conquistadors, shares the enthusiasm of assistant coach Stan Albeck, left, in the opening minutes of their game against the New York Nets, Friday, March 1, 1974. Wilt rejoined the club for tonight?s game missing the last two games with his club. (AP Photo/Riuchard Drew)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL, 1975: NBA player Wilt Chamberlain sits in the locker room before Sugar Ray Robinson's Celebrity Basketball game in April, 1975 at Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Fotos International/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Former basketball star Wilt Chamberlain, right, towers over 1982 USA/Mobil outdoor track and field Championship official Joe Goldstein as both watch a race, Friday, June 19, 1982 at Tom Black Track at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Chamberlain was watching his Los Angeles-based track team, Wilt's Athletic Club, participate in the meet. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain signs his autograph to the t-shirt of fan Joseph Wilson, right, after a ceremony in which Chamberlain's name and #13 were placed in the baker League Hall of Fame in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 10, 1986. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
CLEVELAND, : NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain is surrounded by media 07 February at a press conference for the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, OH. The NBA All-Star game will take place on 09 February at the Gund Arena in Cleveland. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Wilt Chamberlain, right, congratulates Gail Goodrich after Goodrich?s jersey number 25 was retired during halftime of the Lakers, Jazz game in Inglewood, California on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1996. Goodrich joins the ranks of Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Magic Johnson on the list of retired numbers. (AP Photo/John Hayes)
Former NBA rivals Bill Russell, right, of the Boston Celtics and Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers laugh as they recall their glory days during a tribute to Russell at the FleetCenter in Boston, Wednesday night, May 26, 1999. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 28: The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Statue is seen on its' dedication and unveiling day June 28, 2004 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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They say no NBA legend of old would be able to compete with the athletes of the modern league. For the most part, it could be true. But Wilt Chamberlain is an exception.

Wilt the Stilt was the modern NBA before anybody knew it was coming. Standing at 7'1" in the 1960s and 1970s, Chamberlain posted perhaps the most gaudiest numbers in sports history. For his career, he averaged 30 points and 23 rebounds. In 1962, he averaged 50.4 points per game. He holds the NBA record for points scored in a single game, with his trademark 100.

Chamberlain died in 1999 after a long history of heart trouble at the age of 63. On what would've been his 79th birthday, click through the gallery above to relive Chamberlain's most iconic photos. Check the video below to learn one of the legend's all-time secrets.

Wilt Chamberlain's Secret

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