High school player Wilt Chamberlain. (Photo by William C. Greene/Sporting News via Getty Images)
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)
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)
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, 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)
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)
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.