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The 1985 NBA draft redone: Where does 'The Mailman' land?

Published: Friday, May 2 2014 12:34 a.m. MDT

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Malone was originally selected with the 13th overall pick by the Utah Jazz. Malone spent 19 seasons in the NBA with the Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers and finished his career as one of the best power forwards in league history. The 14 time All-Star earned All-NBA First Team 11 times and won the NBA MVP twice. He also finished in the top five in scoring 13 times and was a huge reason why the Jazz made it to a pair of NBA Finals in the late ’90s. On top of that, Malone was named NBA All-Defensive First Team three times. One of the most impressive statistical years of his career came in ’89-90 when Malone averaged a career-high 31 points on 56.2 percent shooting to go along with 11.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

During his time in the NBA, Malone averaged 25 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 1,476 games (1,471 starts). Malone was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 for his historic career.


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Aggie5
Kuna, ID

I guess if you look at the current situation in the jazz locker room, you'd say the mailman was the greatest thing ever.
But even more important, JERRY SLOAN!
The team made several horrible mistakes the last 10 years.

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

Wish Karl would have retired as a Jazz man. 19 seasons with one team would been another remarkable feat to go with all the others.

RSLJAZZBYUUTAH
West Valley, UT

TO TUFFY PARKER:

Malone did retire a Jazz man, he came back and signed a 1 day contract to be able to retire a Jazz man.

mkuehnl
Seattle, WA

That was a picture of Dale Ellis not Xavier McDaniel... just as an FYI

imustbebored
sandy, UT

Suit him up, it would be an improvement.

the REAL DEAL
Sandy, UT

Karl Malone is the greatest true power forward of all time!

eagle
Provo, UT

Sloan proved to be a very good coach but unfortunately he had some growing pains when probably Malone and Stockton were truly at the top of their games (1988-1992). For example, when the Jazz were swept by the Golden State Warriors as Chris Mullin and Manute Bol were chucking up threes. In some ways I wish Frank Layden would have hung around another year or two to coach but so it goes. Layden was brilliant as he took the great 1988 Lakers team to the brink of elimination. I also wish they would have kept A.D. for another year or two to see if Stockton, Malone and A.D. could have co-existed. So while I praise Layden for his coaching, the decision here was perhaps a poor one. The Jazz could never get all the pieces at the right time until they finally had them but ran into Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and of course Phil Jackson all in their playing/coaching primes.

Aggie5
Kuna, ID

I grew up a Portland fan, but fell in love with the jazz in the day.
Sloan is the jazz.

StocksOnTheRocks
Lehi, UT

I grew up a Utah Jazz fan, but admired the competitive spirit to win, the determination, the intelligence, the personelle were all "Winners" whatever it takes mentality, the toughness, obtaining great players like Damien Lillard, out of the Jazz's backyard, but the Jazz didnt even know Lillard was there, going after Wesley Mathews and taking him from the sleepy Jazz,The Portland Trailblazers are a small market team like the Utah Jazz, but The Portland Trailblazers will to win, compete, fight, whatever it takes! the Jazz had the same, when Larry Miller was alive. In My Book, LARRY MILLER will always be the JAZZ! Larry motivated, and brought the best out others, from Sloan, to Karl, to all different kinds of knot headed NBA players. There should be a very large statue of Larry Miller in downtown Salt lake. Larry did more for the state of Utah "around the board" than anyone ever will. a Legend, a Giant, a Winner. you'd think a little somethin might of rubbed off ..... but, Im not even sensing a pulse of Larry in the rest of his family

Aggie5
Kuna, ID

Larry was great, and a genuine guy. He wore his heart on his sleeve.
But he was the pusher for Karl. Sloan was the mastermind.

eagle
Provo, UT

And Frank Layden was the architect. Remember he was the one that drafted Malone, Stockton and perhaps the steal of any draft, Mark Eaton in the fourth round, a round that doesn't even exist. And when the time came he turned the coaching chair over to Sloan who became a great coach in time.

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