Pick/Year: No. 13/1985
Team: Louisiana Tech
Accolades: Basketball Hall of Fame, 2x MVP, 14x All-Star, 14x All-NBA, 4x NBA All-Defense, 1986 All-Rookie
Malone enjoyed a remarkable run after sliding to No. 13 in the draft, even though he was so sure the Mavericks were going to take him at No. 8 that he rented an apartment in Dallas before the draft. Things turned out just fine for Karl in Utah; paired with John Stockton, he rattled off one of the best stretches of winning the league had ever seen, perennially contending for the top spot in the Western Conference. Modern fans will probably best remember him for his shortcomings against Michael Jordan's Bulls in the 1997 and 1998 Finals, but Malone also dominated with an incredible level of finesse and strength that had never been seen before down in the paint.