The 25 Greatest Players of the NBA's Golden Era

9. Karl Malone

Accomplishments: 14-time All-Star- 11-time First Team All-NBA, Two-time MVP
Team(s): Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
Career Stats: 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Years Played: 1985-2004

Known as "The Mailman" (because he always delivered), Karl Malone was an evolutionary kind of power forward over the course of his NBA career. He prided himself on his fantastic physical condition, using weight-lifting in a way unlike any other stars previously had as he fashioned himself into a dominant force in the low post. Working in tandem with John Stockton, Malone's Jazz teams were perennial contenders as the pick-and-roll game of the two stars continually confounded opponents. During the '90s, Malone posted averages of 27.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as the Jazz found themselves in the thick of the Western Conference playoff picture every season. Unfortunately, for all the good he did on the court perhaps Malone's greatest legacy will be his inability to win a championship. His Jazz teams twice made the finals, only to fall to Michael Jordan and the Bulls on both occasions as Malone struggled in big moments.

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