When you think of Wilt Chamberlain, you also think of Nikola Jokic. At least you should.
Jokic is on pace for a rare feat in the NBA, averaging more assists as a center than any center ever since Chamberlain in 1967-68. That's a long time. And that's how long it's been since the league has seen a talent like Jokic.
In his third year in the NBA, Jokic is posting averages of 17.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per night. He was a triple-double machine earlier in the year as the Nuggets went through a stretch where the orchestrating center kept every defense off guard.
In 1967-68, Chamberlain averaged 8.6 assists per game. The king of padding his stats, it's actually hard to compare The Stilt to what Jokic is doing, as he is by all account trying to help the Nuggets win above all else. It was a different world that Wilt existed in.
Either way, it's amazing to think it's been that long since a center distributed as well as Jokic has. Not even Bill Walton averaged this many assists per game in his hey day.
Denver is going to have to fight for a postseason spot in these final weeks but if it makes it, the entire sports world will be put on notice with Jokic's unprecedented skills that may very well light up the playoffs.