Date of Birth: 24 July 1963
Born At: Bernice, Louisiana, USA
NBA Experience : 18 seasons
• Selected in 1996 as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History"
• Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (1996-97, 1998-99), one of only nine players in NBA history to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy more than once
• Eleven-time All-NBA First Team selection (1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99), two-time All-NBA Second Team selection (1987-88 and 1999-2000), and a 2000-01 All-NBA Third Team selection
• Three-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection (1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99) and a 1987-88 NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection
• Fourteen-time NBA All-Star selection who played in 12 games (missed 1990 game due to injury and the 2002 game due to family illness), including 10 consecutive contests from 1991 to 2001
• Named MVP of the 1989 All-Star Game in Houston after registering 28 points and nine rebounds, and named co-MVP with teammate John Stockton of the 1993 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City after tallying 28 points and 10 rebounds
• Ranks second all-time in points scored with 36,374, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387)
• Holds the NBA record most consecutive seasons scoring 2,000 or more points (11, 1987-88 to 1997-98) and shares the record with Michael Jordan for most career 2,000 point seasons (11, 1987-88 to 1997-98)
• Tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (17) for most consecutive seasons scoring at least 20.0 points per game (17, 1986-87 to 2002-03)
• Scored a career-high 61 points, the most by a Jazz player since the franchise moved to Utah, against the Milwaukee Bucks on 1/27/90
• Scored a Jazz playoff-record 50 points and grabbed 12 boards against the Seattle SuperSoncics on 4/22/00
• Holds the NBA record for most seasons leading the league in free-throws made (seven, 1988-89 to 1992-93, 1996-97, 1997-98) and most consecutive seasons leading the league in free-throws made (1988-89 to 1992-93)
• Passed Moses Malone (8,531) to become the NBA’s all-time leader in free throws made on 3/24/01 vs. the Washington Wizards
• Became the all-time leader in free throws attempted on 12/10/01 against the Mavericks
• Ranks second all-time in field-goals made with 13,335 behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837)
• Ranks second all-time in minutes played at 53,479, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (57,446)
• Ranks seventh all-time in rebounds, with 14,601
• Appeared in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls
• Named to the 1985-86 NBA All-Rookie Team and finished third in Rookie of the Year balloting after averaging 14.9 ppg and 8.9 rpg
• A member of the men’s basketball "Dream Team" that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Dream Team that won gold in Atlanta
• Winner of the 1997-98 IBM Award
• During career, named NBA Player of the Week 22 times and NBA Player of the Month seven times
• Notched his third career triple-double with game-highs of 29 points (11-13 FG) and 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, in a 99-82 win over the L.A. Clippers on 5/4/99; recorded his second career triple-double with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Toronto Raptors on 2/27/97
• Twelve-time NBA All-Interview First Team selection and 1999-2000 All-Interview Second Team selectionKarl Malone biography
Karl Malone started really playing basketball at the age of 20, which is surprising to most since he is now, one of the greatest power forwards to every play the game of basketball. Karl grew up in a small town of a little more than 200 people. He was born in Summerfield, Louisiana. Karl Malone played college ball at Louisiana Tech where he was just developing his true potential. His free throw percentage was in need of improvement. After leaving Louisiana Tech Karl Malone took his chances with the NBA and entered the 1985 NBA Draft.
Karl Malone still misjudged by most NBA scouts passed him up to the Utah Jazz as the 13th overall pick. After a good but not great college basketball career Karl had finally made it to the top and was not about to let down. Karl was nicknamed “The Mailman” while he played at Louisiana Tech because he always delivers. The 15 year Utah Jazz went from a small farm boy who knew nothing about Utah, to being the star and leader of the team. Karl Malone has been the MVP twice in 1996-97 and 1998-99 and 14 out of his 15 years in the NBA he has been an All-Star selection. Karl being the great power forward that he is was named one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”. Karl Malone is an 11 time All- NBA First Team selection.
The year the Jazz drafted Karl Malone they made it to the NBA playoffs for the third time in a row but, lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Karl scored an average of 21.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in the four postseason games. During his rookie year he averaged fewer than 20 points a game and shot less then 50 percent from the field and for the only time in his career did not reach double digits in rebounding, averaging 8.9 rebounds a game.
Karl Malone’s next season he realized the potential he had and brought his game to a whole level. He was the leading scorer on his team 51 times and appeared in all 82 of his games, but was denied all NBA honors. Which is surprising since he was having such a great year. He scored a season-high of 38 points twice, against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 13 and against the SuperSonics in Seattle on February 24. After Malone had a great season scoring in the 20′s or 30′s he struggled in the postseason against the Golden State Warriors only scoring .420 from the field, getting only 20 points a game and averaging 9.6 rebounds in the five games played. The Jazz went up two games to none on the Warriors but then lost the next three resulting in the Jazz being knocked out the first round.
Karl Malone real super stardom happened the 1988-89 season when former teammate (Point Guard) John Stockton joined the team. Karl was averaging 27.7 points a game and reached a career high of 12.0 rebounds. In the league he ranked fifth in scoring and fourth in rebounding. John Stockton wasn’t actually shining until four years after he was drafted by the Jazz. In the fourth year of his NBA career led the NBA in assists with an average of 13.0 assists per game. Many of those assists went to the Mailman, Karl Malone for the hammer dunk. The ultimate duo was born. John and Karl were named All-NBA second team and the first apperaence in the all-star game. Karl again made it to the playoffs after having a great season and playing in all 82 of the Jazz games. Once again the Jazz made it to the playoffs with Karl’s great skills and appreciation for the game averaging over 27 points a game. Blazing through the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs the Jazz encounter the L.A Lakers. Karl really enhanced his game but only enough to take the Lakers to a game seven where the Lakers to over winning 109-98 victory.
The next season the Jazz coach Frank Layden continued up as the team president and the assistant coach Jerry Sloan took over as the head coach of the Jazz 17 games into the season. Once again Karl and John Stockton led the Jazz to the Playoffs but lost to the Golden State Warriors. Karl earned MVP honors in the 1989 All-Star game in houston and once again scored another season high this time against the Philedelpia 76ers scoring 44 points. Karl Malone is now playing one of his last NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers.