Originally Posted by -Slap-
Michael Jordan had a lot of advantages, too. He was one of the five most athletic players in the League, as well as being one of the five most driven to succeed.
Shaq has advantages because he's as big as a freaking mountain (even when he's in shape), but he has light feet.
Mikan had enormous size advantages.
Magic was a 6'9" point guard over twenty five years ago.
All the best players had advantages, but that's only part of what made them great.
Stanley Jordan had more pure basketball talent than Shaq and nearly the size/speed ratio, but talk about a guy who refused to get into shape. That's your poster child right there.
All that is true, but Wilt did have advantages in the rules that Shaq never had. Wilt could post up just about under the basket because of the narrow key. If Shaq could post up under the basket he'd score 100 points a night. Teams wouldn't have enough fouls to use the Hack-a-Shaq. They'd have to foul him everytime down court.
Wilt and the guys back in the '60s also had an advantage in grabbing rebounds. Back then when a team got in the penalty it was a one-and-one instead of two free throws. That gave them more rebounding opportunities. Wilt and Russel used to average 20+ boards a game. Nobody can do that anymore.