Baller of the Day: Karl Malone

» June 27, 2008 6:15 AM | By Brandon Hoffman

Karl Malone

Career Statistics

25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 52 FG%, 74 FT%

“Karl “The Mailman” Malone is one of the great power forwards of all time and was one of the mainstays of the Utah Jazz for more than 15 seasons. One of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History,” a two-time MVP (1996-97 and 1998-99), a 14-time All-Star selection, an 11-time All-NBA First Team selection and the second leading scorer in the history of the game, Malone set the standard for power forwards to match for years to come.

Built like a tight end, Malone had the size and strength that make him difficult to defend in the low block, but he also ran the floor, filled the lane on the fast break, and possessed a deadly medium-range jumper.

Malone was still a relative unknown when the Jazz selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft-but he established himself quickly. After a fine rookie campaign (14.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg), Malone began a string of seasons virtually unmatched by power forwards in NBA annals. For six seasons beginning in 1987-88 his scoring averages were 27.7, 29.1, 31.0, 29.0, 28.0 and 27.0 points per game, respectively, and his rebounding averages ranged between 10.7 and 12.4 boards per contest.” [Read]

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One Response to “Baller of the Day: Karl Malone”

  1. Garcia Vega Says:

    One of the best to never win a ring.

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