Moses Malone was a professional basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. He was thrice named the NBA Most Valuable Player and in 1983, he became an NBA Champion while playing with the Philadelphia 76ers.

In his career, he was named an NBA All-Star twelve times and was named four times to the All-NBA First Team and the All-NBA Second Team.

He died in September 2015. He was 60 years old at the time.

Position Center
Height / weight 1.08 m / 118 kg
Born 23 Mar 1955
Died 13 Sep 2015 (60 years)
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Chairman of the Boards
Team History
219 houston rockets Houston 1976 - 1982
Spirits of St. Louis Spirits of St. Louis 1975 - 1976
Buffalo Braves Buffalo Braves 1976
Utah Stars Utah Stars 1974 - 1975

Player Profile and Personal Life

Moses Eugene Malone Sr. was born on March 23, 1955, in Petersburg, Virginia in the United States of America. His parents divorced when he was a baby, because of her father’s alcohol use.

Malone stood 208 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 118 kg.

On September 13, 2015, he died in his sleep at a hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. The cause of death was determined to be heart disease. He was 60 years old at the time.

High School and College Career

He attended Petersburg High School, where he first played basketball for the school team. Malone was one of the key players for the team and he led them to win back-to-back state championships for the Crimson Wave.

In 1974, he was named the National High School Player of the Year. He was also named to the Fourth-team Parade All-American in 1973 and the First-team Parade All-American in 1974.

Professional Career

Malone first joined the Utah Stars under the American Basketball Association after he was selected in the 1974 ABA Draft.

He debuted during the 1974-75 season after he signed with the Stars for 5 years. As a rookie, he earned several awards like ABA All-Star and being part of the ABA All-Rookie honors. By the following year, he was traded to the Spirits of St. Louis.

When ABA merged with the NBA, Spirits of St. Louis was not chosen to join the NBA. Malone was instead signed with the Buffalo Braves in 1976.

However, his career with the Braves was short-lived when he was traded to the Houston Rockets and played as the team forward.

During his time with the Rockets, he set a record of 437 offensive rebounds in one season with 2.21 shots per game. Unfortunately, during his second season, he was diagnosed with a foot fracture, causing him to miss 23 games.

In 979, he became the NBA Most Valuable Player for the first time. He would be named the NBA MVP again in 1982 and 1983.

In 1982, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1983, he became an NBA Champion alongside the rest of the 76ers. That year, he was also named as the NBA Finals MVP. He left the 76ers in 1986 and moved to play for the Washington Bullets.

From 1988 to 1991, he played for the Atlanta Hawks, and from 1991 to 1994, he was with the Milwaukee Bucks. From 1993 to 1994, he returned to the 76ers. His last year in the NBA was played with the San Antonio Spurs. He retired in 1995.

He was later named to the 50th and 75th NBA Anniversary Teams. After his retirement, the 76ers and the Houston Rockets also retired the jersey numbers he used while he was playing with them.

From 2006 to 2009, he was brought on by the 76ers to be an assistant coach.

Career Highlights

  • 1983 - NBA champion
  • 1983 - NBA Finals MVP
  • 1979, 1982, 1983 - NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 1978–1989 - NBA All-Star
  • 1975 - ABA All-Star
  • 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985 - All-NBA First Team
  • 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 1983 - NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • 1979 - NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • 1975 - ABA All-Rookie Team
  • 1979, 1981–1985 - NBA rebounding leader

  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • ABA All-Time Team
  • No. 2 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
  • No. 24 retired by the Houston Rockets

  • 1974 - National high school player of the year
  • 1974 - First-team Parade All-American
  • 1973 - Fourth-team Parade All-American

Career ABA and NBA Statistics

  • Points - 29,580 (20.6 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 17,834 (12.2 rpg)
  • Blocks - 1,889 (1.3 bpg)

Team History:

As a Coach:

  • 2006–2009 - Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)

People Ask

What position does Moses Malone play?

He was a Center and Power Forward for the teams that he played for.

What nicknames does Moses Malone have?

He was called Chairman of the Boards, Big Mo, and Octobull.

When did Moses Malone join the NBA?

In 1976. He joined the NBA during the ABA-NBA merger. That year, he started playing for the Buffalo Braves.

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