Genius in the paint that made it happen.
Nicknamed “The Chairman of the Boards,” he ranks fifth all-time in NBA history in rebounding (16,212) and is the NBA’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds for a career (6,731). He also has the top three records for offensive rebounds in a single season (587 in 1978-79 ranks first) and the record for most offensive rebounds in a game (21).
Moses was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1976 ABA Dispersal Draft, but he was quickly shipped to the Buffalo Braves before finishing the 1976-77 season in Houston. The following season he averaged 19.4 ppg and 15.0 rpg and made the first of 12 straight All-Star appearances.
The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Malone led the NBA in rebounding six times, a feat that has only been surpassed by Wilt Chamberlain (11) and Dennis Rodman (seven).
Malone won NBA MVP awards in 1979 and '82 with the Houston Rockets and in '83 with the Philadelphia 76ers. He joined legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as the only players to win MVP awards in the '80s, and only Jabbar (six), Bill Russell (five), Jordan (five), Chamberlain (four) and LeBron James (four) have more.
After enjoying vast success in Houton and leading the Rockets to their first Finals berth in 1981, Malone became a restricted free agent in the summer of 1982. He signed with the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston at first matched the offer before then dealing him to Philadelphia.
In 1983, Moses famously predicted that the 76ers -- who dominated the regular season with an NBA-best record of 65-17 -- would win their playoff series in “fo, fo, fo” games. That comment referred to Philadelphia sweeping every playoff round, and it almost backed him up on that claim. The Sixers swept the New York Knicks in the first round before losing once to the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals and then swept the Los Angeles Lakers in The Finals.
Malone earned Finals MVP honors in 1983, averaging a ridiculous 25.8 ppg, 18 rpg and 2.0 apg in the series sweep. He’s one of only ten players in history to have won the regular-season and Finals MVP in the same season.
Malone ranks ninth all-time in NBA history in scoring, having racked up 27,409 career points. He also ranks sixth all-time on the Rockets' scoring list. He was prolific at the free throw line, finishing with 8,531 made free throws -- second all-time to Karl Malone (9,787). He shot 76.9% from the line for his career.
Incredibly, despite his defensive intensity and aggression on the boards, Malone once went an NBA-record 1,212 games without fouling out.