Moses Malone

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Moses Eugene Malone (March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015) was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 through 1995.wikipedia
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Philadelphia 76ers

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Malone led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship in 1983, winning both the league and Finals MVP.
The 76ers have had a prominent history, with many of the greatest players in NBA history having played for the organization, including Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Andrew Toney, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson.

List of NBA All-Stars

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A center, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times, was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA Team selection.

Houston Rockets

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He landed in the NBA with the Buffalo Braves, who traded him after two games to the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets did not finish a season with a winning record for almost a decade until the 1976–77 season, when they traded for All-Star center Moses Malone.

National Basketball Association

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Moses Eugene Malone (March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015) was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 through 1995.
Some of the biggest stars of this era were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Barry, Dave Cowens, Julius Erving, Elvin Hayes, Walt Frazier, Moses Malone, Artis Gilmore, George Gervin, Dan Issel, and Pete Maravich.

Petersburg High School (Virginia)

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Malone attended Petersburg High School, where he played basketball for the school's Crimson Wave.

NBA Finals

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Malone led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship in 1983, winning both the league and Finals MVP.
They met the Houston Rockets in the 1981 Finals, practically single-handedly carried by Moses Malone, who upset the Lakers and Johnson in the first round.

Washington Wizards

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Following another trade, Malone was an All-Star in his only two seasons with the then Washington Bullets (today's Wizards).
The Bullets acquired center Moses Malone from the Philadelphia 76ers for center Jeff Ruland the following season for hope of improvement.

Center (basketball)

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A center, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times, was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA Team selection.
Leading centers of the late 1970s and early 1980s include Wes Unseld of the Baltimore/Washington Bullets, Artis Gilmore of the ABA Kentucky Colonels, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs; Moses Malone of the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers; and Robert Parish of the Boston Celtics, who was acquired from the Golden State Warriors in 1980 for the top overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Utah Stars

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Malone began his professional career out of high school after he was selected in the third round of the 1974 ABA Draft by the Utah Stars.
The Stars made a high-profile personnel move that season by signing high school player Moses Malone to play for them.

ABA All-Time Team

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He was named to both the ABA All-Time Team and the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Five players elected to the first team—Rick Barry, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, George Gervin, and Moses Malone—were named one year earlier to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list.

Utah Jazz

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Malone had already been selected by the NBA's New Orleans Jazz in a December 1975 pre-merger draft for ABA players of undergraduate age.
Also, the Jazz had given up the rights to Moses Malone in order to regain one of the three first-round picks used for the Goodrich trade; the combination of Johnson and Malone blossoming into Hall of Famers and Goodrich's ineffective, injury-ruined few years in New Orleans made this transaction one of the most lopsided in NBA history.

Spirits of St. Louis

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The Stars folded 16 games into the 1975–76 season, and Malone was sold to the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis to help pay down the Stars' debts.
Among them were Moses Malone, acquired during their second and final season, who went on to a long and successful career in the NBA, culminating in enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lefty Driesell

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Malone signed a letter of intent to play college basketball for the University of Maryland under head coach Lefty Driesell.
In 1974, he signed a can't miss prospect sure to dominate college basketball, 6' 10" center Moses Malone. Instead, Malone opted to join the ABA Utah Stars, becoming the first modern era player to proceed directly from high school into professional basketball; by the time he retired, he'd become a 16-time ABA and NBA All-Star, three-time NBA MVP, and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer. Among other top names during Driesell's Maryland tenure are NBA stars Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King, Buck Williams and Len Bias. Bias was regarded by many at the time of his draft by the Boston Celtics as potentially as great or greater than fellow ACC legend at rival University of North Carolina Michael Jordan, then emerging as an NBA sensation. He died tragically the night of his selection.

Rebound (basketball)

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After leading the NBA in rebounding in 1979, he was named league MVP for the first time.
Players such as Larry Bird and Moses Malone were excellent rebounders, but were never known for their leaping ability.

ABA–NBA merger

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He was named an ABA All-Star as a rookie and played two seasons in the league until it merged with the NBA in 1976.
Most of the Stars players, including Moses Malone, were sold to the Spirits of St. Louis.

1981 NBA Finals

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The Rockets, with Malone's 26.8 ppg and 14.5 rpg during the playoffs, reached the 1981 NBA Finals, but lost 4–2 to the Celtics.
The Rockets that season were led by Moses Malone, who practically carried the Rockets to the NBA Finals.

Buffalo Braves

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He landed in the NBA with the Buffalo Braves, who traded him after two games to the Houston Rockets.
Before the first game in the 1976–77 season the Braves also managed to acquire eventual Hall-of-Fame center Moses Malone from Portland.

American Basketball Association

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Moses Eugene Malone (March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015) was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 through 1995.

Sacramento Kings

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In their first season in the Midwest Division, Houston and the Kansas City Kings tied for second place with identical 40–42 records.
Lacey, the last remaining Cincinnati Royal to play for the Kings, was completely dominated in the low post by Rockets superstar Moses Malone.

1983 NBA Finals

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The 76ers lost only one game in the postseason as they won the league championship, defeating the Lakers in a 4–0 sweep in the 1983 NBA Finals.
76ers center Moses Malone was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Los Angeles Lakers

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The 76ers were coming off a 4–2 loss in the Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, whose center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, dominated their big-man duo of Darryl Dawkins and Caldwell Jones.
The Rockets, led by Moses Malone, defeated Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs.

Darryl Dawkins

The 76ers were coming off a 4–2 loss in the Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, whose center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, dominated their big-man duo of Darryl Dawkins and Caldwell Jones.
In his second season, after playing limited minutes during the regular season, Dawkins was called upon to help the Sixers in their playoff run, to battle Dave Cowens of the Celtics and Moses Malone of the Rockets.

1976 ABA dispersal draft

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However, the NBA let them place Malone into the 1976 ABA Dispersal Draft pool in exchange for the return of their first-round draft pick in 1977, which they used to trade for Gail Goodrich.
The Portland Trail Blazers, who acquired the Atlanta Hawks' second pick, selected Maurice Lucas and Moses Malone with signing price of $300,000 and $350,000 respectively.

Hakeem Olajuwon

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It was also around this time that Malone began to tutor Hakeem Olajuwon, passing on the torch to the future Rockets superstar.
Olajuwon sought advice from the coaching staff about how to increase his playing time, and they advised him to work out with local Houston resident and multiple NBA MVP winner, Moses Malone.

1983 NBA playoffs

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Before the playoffs began, Malone predicted in Southern vernacular that Philadelphia would go "fo, fo, fo", envisioning a four-game sweep in each of the playoffs' three rounds.
Moses Malone was named NBA Finals MVP.