The 1965-66 NBA Season would be the 20th season in the history of the NBA. The league was in a stretch at this point that was dominated by the likes of the Boston Celtics. While the Lakers were a tough rival in the opposite conference, the Celtics had managed to win 7 straight NBA Championships to this point.
The Celtics would find themselves in stiff competition in this season. While they were the favorites to take the league in that season after winning so many consecutive championships, they would have to pass through the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chamberlain was a dominant player that managed to lead the league in almost every major category. He went on to score the most points, pull down the most rebound and shoot the ball at a higher percentage than any other player in the league during the 1965-66 season. With Wilt leading the way the team managed to take the honors of having the best record in the NBA through the regular season. They managed to win 55 games. This total was one more than what the Celtics were able to achieve that season.
On the other end the Lakers were once again leading the way in the Western Division. The Western Division was admittedly the weaker division of the two and the Lakers were the only squad to win more than 50 percent of their games. The Lakers were a solid team however and were led by NBA legend Jerry West.
West and Chamberlain would make up two of the 5 players in the All-NBA First Team. The other players that would achieve this honor were the great Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas and Rick Barry.
Wilt Chamberlain would go on to win the Most Valuable Player award. Rick Barry was just a rookie that season and would win the Rookie of the Year award after making the All-NBA First Team. The Coach of the Year honors would go to Dolph Schayes, the coach of the 76ers.
6 of the 9 teams in the league would make the playoffs. Each division would send the top 3 teams in the league to the playoffs. The bottom two teams from each division would square off for a chance to take on the top team in the Division.
The Celtics would manage to win the first series despite falling behind 2-1 to the Royals, led by Robertson. In the west, the St. Louis Hawks managed to take home a victory. These teams would square off against the 76ers and Lakers.
The Lakers managed to pull out a series victory and would make it to the finals. The Celtics managed to take 4 of 5 away from the 76ers despite the fact that Chamberlain scored 28 points and averaged 30 rebounds per game.
The Lakers and Celtics squared off again and would finish the Finals in dramatic fashion. The two teams went the distance, stretching the series to 7 games. Boston was able to pull things out in a close 95-93 game to finish things off, winning their 8th NBA Championship in a row.