First season with the Lakers (1968-69)
avg: 20.5 ppg, 21.1 rpg, lost NBA Finals
Rest of stay with the Lakers (four years)
avg: 16.7 ppg, 18.7 rpg, won 1 NBA title
Wilt Chamberlain was the centerpiece of a major trade between the 76ers and the Lakers, making it the first time a reigning NBA Most Valuable Player was traded the next season. Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke gave Chamberlain an unprecedented contract, paying him $250,000 after taxes; in comparison, previous Laker top earner Jerry West was paid $100,000 before taxes. Chamberlain spent his final five campaigns in Los Angeles and helped the Lakers to the NBA Finals four times in those five seasons. The most notable season was 1971-72, in which he scored only 14.8 points per game. But his contributions came in other forms. At age 35, he managed to grab 19.2 rebounds per contest and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.