Charles Oakley compares Joel Embiid’s dominance to Wilt Chamberlain
With Joel Embiid finally healthy for a full season, everyone was able to see just how dominant he is going to be in this league.
Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has taken the comparisons up to a level though. He took to Twitter on Friday and said there hasn’t been anyone like Joel Embiid since Wilt Chamberlain.
We haven’t seen anyone like @JoelEmbiid since Wilt Chamberlain
— Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) April 20, 2018
It took him a while in the first half of Game 3 to really get his feet under him on the offensive side but on the defensive side of the ball, he was still a gamechanger.
In 30 minutes of play, he put up 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal. He also shot 3-4 from deep.
Comparing him to Wilt Chamberlain though still seems like a bit of a stretch. In 1045 games played, Chamberlain averaged 30.1 points, 22.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. He also shot 54 percent from the field. The one area he did struggle was from the free throw line shooting only 51.1 percent on his career.
Chamberlain’s best season was in the 1961-62 season when he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds. Compare that to Embiid this year who is averaging 22.9 points, and 11 rebounds per game.
It was a different era back then but Embiid still has a long ways to go and championships to win to catch up with Wilt.