The Mailman Karl Malone’s All Time Rank- 3:10 to Utah
Utah Jazz’s Finest Karl Malone entered the Hall of Fame as another damn great player who did win an NBA title. I usually do not hold that against him since winning one is a team effort. However, as an individual, analysts and aficionados will have to count a championship ring less hand against him. Despite this, Malone remains a Hall of Famer and a helluva power forward.
Karl Malone is currently the absolute best statistical power forward in the Naismith’s Hall of Fame. His career player efficiency rating is 23.9, which ranks him at number 13. Malone’s career scoring average is 25.0 points ranked 12 among the greats. He earned an MVP award in 1997 averaging 27.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.4 steals. He amassed 36.928 career points placing him at number 2 among all time legends with Kareem Abdul Jabbar at numero uno. The Mailman has 14,968 rebounds ranking him at number 7. He has 2 Olympic gold medals, 2 MVPs, 14 All Star appearances, 4 All Defensive teams, and 14 All NBA squads. He had many great statistical seasons, but I think that his best overall statistical season was in 1993-1994 where he averaged 25.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in all 82 games. This beast was also one of the most durable where he started in 1471 games out of 1476 games. Finally, Malone accumulated 2,085 steals. That currently ranks him at number 10 in the NBA all time. That’s a power forward doing that.
The numbers do not lie. Malone was an absolute freak.
Style of play
Malone was a physical specimen. He created an incredible style of implementing defense when on offense. You might ask, “How did he effin’ do that?” Whenever he drove the lane, he used his body as the ultimate weapon. Malone would use the elbows and kick the legs out going for dunks and layups. That was awesome and brutal! He showed Isiah Thomas a thing or two and managed to kick a few guys in the balls. His fade away was impeccable. The pick and roll with John Stockton was a work of art. Give Malone some credit on defense as he was great in stripping the ball. The face up game out of the post up position was probably tops in the league next to Michael Jordan. The man had muscles on muscles and probably invented “pulling the chair underneath” from offensive post players while on defense. The technique caused players to travel or lose the ball.
“The Mailman doesn’t deliver on Sundays.”
Scottie Pippen was right. The Utah Jazz had two chances to win, but fell victim to Jordan and Pippen. That’s fine because everyone took number to get served up by the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s. People should learn that sometimes your best isn’t enough. In Malone’s case, his best was not good enough although it was great enough to become a statistical legend.
Karl Malone is number two behind Tim Duncan among all time great power forwards. There should not be a debate over that. However, he does not crack the top 10 all time list overall. That only belongs to people with rings. Sorry. That’s one of the prerequisites. He’s definitely among the top 20. It is funny to note that he went ring chasing with Shaq and Kobe’s Lakers where they brag about rings, but couldn’t win one with him. We should all learn that some people were simply not destined to get a championship, but he earned the title of Hall of Famer.