Most Dominant athlete: Wayne Gretzky vs Wilt Chamberlain
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01-22-2013, 10:24 PM
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Wilt was a monster too. He's 4th all time in defensive win shares. It's debated who blocked more shots and Wilt had more rebounds, and also more rebounds in head to head games against Bill. Wilt dominated most opposing centers and stifled them extremely well.
Lots of great, hall of fame players had their shooting % drop by about 10% or more in games where Wilt was defending them come playoff time. Bill Russell's highest shooting % against Wilt in a series was 45.4% according to the internet, than shot over 70% in the next series.
He was good in the playoffs, his team sucked, but when a guy regularly had games where he outscored a future hall of famer(Red Kerr) 53-7, you can't blame losses on him easily.
There's very little data to back up the defensive win share calculation. It's based on 1. Team defensive success, 2. Wilt's minutes played, 3. Wilt's total rebounds.
I'll add that in Wilt's two highest scoring seasons, 1961-62 and 1962-63, his team allowed the most points per game in the league. Bill Russell was voted league MVP in both seasons.
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