Bear in mind that Chamberlain was the first of his breed. As Wilt was fond of pointing out, he was far and away the tallest player in the sport at the time, and also had the best-developed skills. Watch some film of his games sometime – nobody can compete with The Stilt. The lack of challenge is a lot of what made him so dominant. I could score 100 points in a game too, if I were playing against 8-year-olds.
Today, every team has a 7+ footer, and the average height has gone up. While Spud Webb and Muggsy Bogues can do incredible things today at guard, they are exceptions. Furthermore, as basketball has become more high-profile and big-money, the players are coming out of college with a much stronger skills package. Were Wilt Chamberlain alive, young, and playing today, he would still be a top-ranked center, but he might not be the best, and he’d have to work a lot harder for it. Michael Jordan might be a better athlete, but Wilt’s height might make up the difference. It’s a tough call.
[disclaimer]I am not a basketball fan. I just have been through this discussion before. If my facts or opinions seem to be a bit off, you may ignore me. No matter what, though, Wilt Chamberlain was an all-time great as well as a heck of a guy, and he will be missed.[/disclaimer]