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Inside the Numbers: 6 Stats You Might Not Know About Moses Malone

Associated Press

NBA legend Moses Malone died on Sept. 13 at the age of 60. The Hall of Famer was a three-time MVP, a 12-time All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA selection. He won a title with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983 when he was the MVP of both the regular season and playoffs.

While many of Malone’s exploits on the floor are well-documented, here are six stats you might not know about his career.

1. Malone is one of five players to have had at least one season with 1,600 points and less than 100 assists. Malone did it twice in his career, in 1983-84 and 1985-86. Here’s a look at those players:

Player, season, points/assists
George Yardley, 1959-60, 2,001/97
Mike Mitchell, 1979-80, 1,820/93
Mike Mitchell, 1981-82, 1,726/82
Moses Malone, 1983-84, 1,609/96
Mike Mitchell, 1983-84, 1,839/92
Moses Malone, 1985-86, 1,759/90
Alonzo Mourning, 1992-93, 1,639/76
Amar’e Stoudemire, 2006-07, 1,671/84
Amar’e Stoudemire, 2009-10, 1,896/82

In addition, Malone is one of two players to have 1,600 points, 800 rebounds and less than 100 assists. Malone did it twice (1983-84 and 1985-86) and Mourning did it in 1992-93.

2. Moses played for seven NBA teams (including a pair of stints with the Philadelphia 76ers) and two ABA teams. During his career, he wore eight different numbers: 2, 4, 8, 13, 20, 21, 22 and 24. His No. 24 that he wore for the Houston Rockets is the only one of his numbers to be retired.

3. Malone is one of six NBA players who had 20,000 career points and made less than 10 three-point shots in their career. He had 27,409 points and made only eight three-pointers. The six:

Player, career points/three-point shots made
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 38,387 points/one three-pointer made
Shaquille O’Neal: 28,596/1
Moses Malone: 27,409/8
Elvin Hayes: 27,313/5
Robert Parish: 23,334/0
Adrian Dantley: 23,177/7

4. Malone is one of 23 players in NBA history to have 1,000 steals and 1,000 blocked shots in a career. He is also one of only eight players to have seven or more seasons with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in the same season. Malone did it seven times. Wilt Chamberlain tops the list with 13 such seasons. He’s followed by Bill Russell (10 seasons), Walt Bellamy, Elvin Hayes and Bob Pettit (each with nine seasons), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry Lucas (eight seasons each). Moses had one season in the ABA with those numbers as well.

5. During his career, Malone had 6,731 offensive rebounds and 9,481 defensive boards. He’s the only player in league history to have 6,000 of each in his career. He’s also the only player to have over 5,000 of each in his career. He’s one of eight players to have over 4,000 offensive and defensive rebounds in a career. The others were Kevin Willis, Buck Williams, Dennis Rodman, Robert Parish, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley.

6. Moses Malone is one of three players to score 8,000 or more points via free throws. Karl Malone tops the list with 9,787. Moses had 8,531. The third member of this group is Kobe Bryant. Moses joins Malone, Shaq and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to shoot over 10,000 free throws in their career. Moses is one of 41 players who attempted 25 or more free throws in a game (since 1963-64). In fact, Malone is one of only 11 players who attempted 25 or more free throws in two or more games in his career.

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