Moses Malone

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Basketball player
Moses Malone
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Player information
Full name Moses Eugene Malone
birthday March 23, 1955
place of birth Petersburg , Virginia , United States
date of death 13th September 2015
Place of death Norfolk , Virginia, United States
size 208 cm
position Center / Power Forward
High school Petersburg (Virginia)
NBA draft 1976 , 5th pick , Portland Trail Blazers
( ABA Dispersal Draft)
Clubs as active
1974–1975 Utah Stars (ABA) 1975–1976 Spirits of St. Louis (ABA) 1976 Buffalo Braves 1976–1982 Houston Rockets 1982–1986 Philadelphia 76ers 1986–1988 Washington Bullets 1988–1991 Atlanta Hawks 1991–1993 Milwaukee Bucks 1993–1994 Philadelphia 76ers 1994-1995 San Antonio SpursUnited StatesUnited States
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Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg , Virginia , † September 13, 2015 in Norfolk , Virginia) was an American basketball player .

Between 1974 and 1995 he played in the ABA and NBA for nine different teams, but was best known for his time with the Philadelphia 76ers . Malone was 2.08 meters tall and played on the position of the center .

In 2001, Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


Moses Malone was a great athlete even in high school . Shortly before starting his college career at the University of Maryland , he received a contract offer from the Utah Stars at the ABA. In 1974 he became the first player to move straight from high school to a professional team. After the ABA merged with the NBA, Malone came to the Houston Rockets in a roundabout way . There he won his first of three MVP awards in 1979 . Two years later he led the Rockets surprisingly into the NBA finals, where they were defeated by Larry Bird and his Boston Celtics .

After another MVP award in 1982, Malone moved to the Philadelphia 76ers. They now had an exceptionally strong team that included Malone, Julius Erving , Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks . After a score of 65:17 in regular time, Malone predicted a sweep (4-0) of all play-off series with his famous words "Fo ', Fo', Fo '". In the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks , however, they lost a game, which resulted in a "Fo ', Fiv', Fo '". Malone became champion for the first and only time in 1983. He was also voted both regular-time MVP and Finals MVP that season.

After the championship, Malone's performance began to decline over the years. In 1986 he moved to the Washington Bullets , from there after two years to the Atlanta Hawks . He played with three other teams (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs) until he retired in 1995 after 21 years as a professional. With a total of 27,409 points and 16,212 rebounds , Malone is one of the statistically most successful players in NBA history. Malone was elected four times to the All-NBA First Team (1979, 1982, 1983, 1985) and once to the All-Defensive First Team (1983). He was also named to the NBA All-Star Team twelve times in a row between 1978 and 1989 .

Malone died on 13 September 2015 aged 60 in a hotel room in Norfolk, Virginia, where he participated in a golf tournament for charity wanted to participate. Moses Malone died of natural causes, according to the autopsy on September 14th. Malone suffered from high blood pressure and an arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease ( hardening of the arteries ).


  • André Voigt: Moses Malone. The prophet . In: Five 30 (2006), pp. 58-63.

See also

Web links

Commons : Moses Malone  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Moses Malone. Retrieved April 21, 2020 (English).
  2. a b Season 82-83 Review
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  4. Steve Chawkins: Moses Malone dies at 60; one of greatest centers in the history of pro basketball. In: Los Angeles Times , September 13, 2015 (English). Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  5. Natural cause of death in NBA legend Moses Malone. In:, September 15, 2015. Accessed September 15, 2015.