As we take a look this past week at the passing of Moses Malone, we also look at his amazing career in the ABA and NBA.
Moses Malone was drafted into the ABA in 1974 after high school to the Utah Stars and was awarded an ABA All-Star as a rookie. As the ABA started to merge with the NBA, Malone landed a spot with the Buffalo Braves and then had gotten traded to the Houston Rockets. He was a 5-time All-Star and won MVP twice in the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1982. Malone was then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and in that same year, led the 76ers to a Championship and won MVP. After 4 seasons with the 76ers, he was traded to the Washington Bullets which we know as the Washington Wizards and was also an All-Star his 2 seasons there. Thereafter, Malone was a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks where he had earned his 12th Final All-Star. He then played with the Milwaukee Bucks until he returned to the 76ers and later completed his career with the San Antonio Spurs.
Standing at 6’10 and weighing 260 pounds, Moses Malone finished his career with the most offensive rebounds in the ABA and NBA combined, was a 13-time All-Star, earned 8 NBA selections, ranked 7th all-time with 29,580 points, and third with 17,834 rebounds. He was ranked second all-time in free throws made and attempted. He is also 1 of 8 players who were named NBA MVP for more than 3 times. And in 2001, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame his rookie year.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Moses Malone and his family.