The 25 Greatest Players of the NBA's Golden Era

8. Moses Malone

Accomplishments: 12- time All-Star, Three-time MVP, 1983 NBA Champion
Team(s): Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs
Career Stats: 20.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.3 BPG
Years Played: 1976-1995

Pioneering the movement of high school players forgoing college to go straight to the NBA, Malone's career carried a level of big-picture importance that is still very much relevant today. Beyond that, though, he was also a great player from a very young age, capturing the MVP award at age 23 with Houston in 1978-79 as he averaged 24.8 points and 17.6 rebounds per game. He took home a second MVP trophy in 1981-82, increasing his scoring to a career-best 31.1 PPG while also leading the league with 14.7 RPG. He continued to prove his worth after signing with Philadelphia, winning another MVP and the NBA championship in 1982-83 alongside Dr. J as the Sixers stormed through the playoffs with a 12-1 record, punctuating their dominance with a four-game sweep of the Lakers. Malone would continue to play productively for several teams after that, becoming a useful bench player at the tail end of his career.

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