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Karl Malone

2X
NBA MVP
14X
All-NBA
14X
NBA All-Star
4X
NBA All-Defensive

Things to Know


A prolific scorer that always delivered.

A bruising, powerful low-post scorer, Karl Malone finished his career with 36,928 points -- second only in NBA history to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was a two-time MVP, a 14-time All-NBA performer and played in 82 games in 10 of his 19 NBA seasons.

Malone was one of the most consistent performers in NBA history, becoming the first player in league history to score 2,000 or more points in 11 consecutive regular seasons.

Career
After three solid seasons as Louisiana Tech, Malone fell to the No. 13 pick in the 1985 draft. He became an All-Rookie performer in 1985-86 and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting as Utah remained among the West's playoff mix.

Was known throughout his playing career as "The Mailman" because of his ability to consistently deliver on the court. The nickname originated from Malone's playing days a Louisiana Tech because of his ability to score consistently in the post.

A consistent scorer throughout his career, Malone took flight in the 1987-88 season averaging 27.7 ppg and 12.0 rpg. That began a run in which Malone averaged at least 27 ppg and 10 rpg in seven of his next 11 seasons and Utah went from a playoff team to a regular Western Conference contender.

In the 1988-89 season, Malone was named the All-NBA First team for the first time, beginning a run of consecutive All-NBA selections that would last for 11 seasons.

The 1996-97 season was a banner one for Malone as he became the fifth player to surpass 25,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, he collected his first career MVP and led the Jazz to The Finals (where they lost 4-2 to the Chicago Bulls).

Malone collected his second MVP in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. He averaged 23.4 ppg and 9.4 rpg to become, at the time, the ninth player to win the award more than once.

After 18 seasons with Utah, Malone opted to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2003, joining forces with Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and fellow new signee Gary Payton. However, Malone uncharacteristically suffered through injuries all season. The Lakers made The Finals, but Malone hardly played in that series as the Detroit Pistons won the series, 4-1.

Malone holds the Jazz franchise records for points, rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made and free throws attempted while ranking in the top 5 in every other category except for 3-pointers made and attempted.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Karl Malone

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Karl Malone

Stats


25.0
PPG
10.1
RPG
3.6
APG
36,928
PTS (2nd All-Time)
14,601
REB (1st All-Time UTA)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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2003-04LAL404232.713.24.69.548.30.00.00.04.05.474.71.57.38.73.91.20.52.52.8
2002-03UTA398136.220.67.315.946.20.00.221.45.97.776.31.46.47.84.71.70.42.62.5
2001-02UTA388038.022.47.917.545.40.10.336.06.48.079.71.86.88.64.31.90.73.32.9
2000-01UTA378135.723.28.316.649.80.00.140.06.68.379.31.46.98.34.51.10.83.02.7
1999-00UTA368235.925.59.218.050.90.00.125.07.29.079.72.17.49.53.71.00.92.82.8
1998-99UTA354937.423.88.016.349.30.00.00.07.79.878.82.27.39.44.11.30.63.32.7
1997-98UTA348137.427.09.618.253.00.00.133.37.810.276.12.38.010.33.91.20.93.02.9
1996-97UTA338236.627.410.519.255.00.00.20.06.48.475.52.47.59.94.51.40.62.82.6
1995-96UTH328238.025.79.618.551.90.20.540.06.28.672.32.17.79.84.21.70.72.43.0
1994-95UTH318238.126.710.118.953.60.10.526.86.38.574.21.98.710.63.51.61.02.93.3
1993-94UTH308240.625.29.418.949.70.10.425.06.29.069.42.98.611.54.01.51.52.93.3
1992-93UTH298237.827.09.717.655.20.00.220.07.510.274.02.88.411.23.81.51.02.93.2
1991-92UTH288137.728.09.918.752.60.00.217.68.310.777.82.88.411.23.01.30.63.12.8
1990-91UTH278240.329.010.319.652.70.00.228.68.310.877.02.98.911.83.31.11.03.03.3
1989-90UTH268238.131.011.119.856.20.20.537.28.511.176.22.88.311.12.81.50.63.73.2
1988-89UTH258039.129.110.119.551.90.10.231.38.811.576.63.27.410.72.71.80.93.63.6
1987-88UTH248239.027.710.520.152.00.00.10.06.79.670.03.48.612.02.41.40.64.03.6
1986-87UTH238234.821.78.917.351.20.00.10.03.96.659.83.47.010.41.91.30.72.93.9
1985-86UTH228130.614.96.212.549.60.00.00.02.45.048.12.16.78.92.91.30.53.43.6
Overall147637.225.09.217.851.60.10.227.46.68.974.22.47.710.13.61.40.83.13.1
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.