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Karl Malone, Usa
Nba.com: Karl "The Mailman" Malone is one of the great power forwards of
all time and has been 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
has set the standard for power forwards to match for years to come.
Built like a tight end, Malone has size and strength that make him difficult to defend in the low block, but he also runs the floor, fills the lane on the fast break, and shoots a deadly medium-range jumper.
Malone and point guard John Stockton formed the most consistent guard-forward combination of the modern era and have made the Utah Jazz one of the league's most successful franchises for more than a decade. Malone was a member of the original Dream Team that won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, and he reprised that role on the Dream Team that struck gold at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and was named to the 2003 USA Basketball Senior National Team that will be playing in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in August.
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.
That year he also began a string of 11 consecutive All-Star selections, and in 1989 he started a streak of 10 consecutive berths on the All-NBA First Team. Malone was Most Valuable Player of the 1989 All-Star Game and co-MVP (along with Stockton) of the All-Star Game played at Salt Lake City in 1993.
Name: Karl Malone
Nickname: The Mailman
Born: July 24, 1963
Status: Retired as a player
Origin: Bernice, Louisiana, Usa
Schools: Louisiana Tech University
Drafted: 1985, First Round, 13th pick overall by the Utah Jazz
Teams (jersey): Louisiana Tech University, USA National Team (1992's Dream Team), Utah Jazz (32), Los Angeles Lakers (11)
Ibn Notes: People loooooooove to hate Karl Malone, he was the prime example of the player that you loved if he played on your favorite team and hated when the Utah Jazz came to town (unless, your favorite team was Utah). Arguably the best power forward to ever play the game with 13 all-star games, the second leading scorer in the history of the game (behind Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and ahead of Michael Jordan), arguably the most durable player to ever play the game; only missing a total of about 50 games in his entire career with the most of those games coming in his last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Along with Jazz running mate John Stockton, and other great players like Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins, and Elgin Baylor, Malone is considered to be one of the best players, perhaps even the best, never to have raised an NBA championship trophy. Karl Malone was also arguably, the other being Bill Laimbeer, the dirtiest player in the game with his share of elbows, kicks and flailing arms. Whatever you believed about Karl Malone, the stats don't lie, although he never won an NBA championship, he is certainly one of the best players ever to play the game.
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