Known as one of the NBAís most renowned shooting guards and consummate professionals during his 13-year NBA playing career, Jeff Maloneís returns for his fourth season as head coach of the Columbus Riverdragons. The two-time NBA All-Star was named head coach of the Riverdragons on June 27, 2001 and is 72-80 in three seasons.
Last season, Maloneís club finished in sixth place in the NBDL standings with an 18-28 overall record. The Riverdragons established themselves as the NBDLís top defensive team during the 2003-04 campaign, limiting opponents to just 91.4 points per game and .442% shooting from the field. The Dragons also made their mark on the boards, finishing second in rebounding, averaging 44.3 boards per game.
After opening the season with a 6-18 record through January, the Dragons made an impressive turnaround over the final two-and-a-half months of the season. Columbus posted a 12-10 record in February, March, and April to fight its way back into the playoff race before being eliminated in the final week of the campaign.
Maloneís 2002-03 Riverdragons club finished tied for fifth place with Asheville in the NBDL standings with a 23-27 record. Under his tutelage, the 2002-03 Riverdragons finished as one of the leagueís most prolific offensive clubs. Columbus was second in assists (851) and third in field goals made (1579). The Dragons made their mark on the boards as well as on the defensive side of the floor, leading the NBDL in rebounding (39.5 rebounds per game) and limiting opponents to a league-low .427% from the field.
During the Riverdragons inaugural campaign of 2001-02, Malone guided the Riverdragons to a third place finish and a berth in the NBDL Playoffs. The Riverdragons finished just shy of advancing to the NBDL Finals, falling 79-78 to the eventual league champion Greenville Groove in the third and deciding game of the semifinals.
Prior to joining the Riverdragons, Malone spent the previous two seasons in the International Basketball League and made his coaching debut as an assistant with the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in 1998.
Malone played for the Washington Bullets (1983-84 to 1989-90), Utah Jazz (1990-91 to 1993-94), the Philadelphia 76ers (1993-94 to 1995-96) and the Miami Heat (1995-96). A deadly mid-range shooter, Malone averaged 19.0 ppg on .484 shooting on his way to scoring 17,231 career points. Malone also shot .871 for his career from the free throw line. Selected by Washington in the first round (10th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft, Malone went on to earn NBA All-Rookie team honors following the 1983-84 season.
In college, Malone played four seasons (1979-83) at Mississippi State, where he averaged 26.8 ppg his senior year and is still the schoolís all-time leading scorer with 2,142 points. Malone is also MSUís all-time leader in career minutes played (3,851), field goals made (906), and field goals attempted (1,768). The nationsí No. 2 scorer as a senior (26.8 ppg), Malone was chosen UPIís 1982-83 SEC Payer of the Year in addition to being named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News. During the 2002 SEC Menís Basketball Tournament in Atlanta, Malone represented MSU as a SEC Menís Basketball Legend.
A native of Macon, Ga., Malone was born June 29, 1961. A basketball stand-out at Southwest High School in Macon, Malone went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at MSU. Malone has dedicated a significant amount of time throughout his career to community outreach programs including the Riverdragonsí Read To Achieve, Back-to-School and Jumpball Clinics programs. Jeff has four children Jay, Justin, Joshua and Jasmine. He lives in Macon with his wife, Alicia, and family.
|Player||NBA Callup Team||NBA Current Team||NBDL Season|
|Tremaine Fowlkes||Los Angeles Clippers||Detroit Pistons||2001-02|