Utah Jazz: Building my ultimate Jazz BIG3 3-on-3 squad

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Karl Malone Utah Jazz
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 06: Basketball player Karl Malone and his wife Kay Kinsey Malone attend the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf Astoria on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis) /

Karl Malone

Every time Karl Malone shows up somewhere, the same thought occurs to me: “Man, he’s still huge.” He looks just as formidable now as he did in his heyday.

I don’t know what the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer is doing in the gym nowadays, but it’s very clearly a lot more than the standard fare for your average retired basketball great. He still looks like he could go down on the low post and bang around with a Derrick Favors or a Steven Adams.

If a nearly 50-year-old Abdul-Rauf can do it, let’s give the Mailman a go!

In addition to his physical attributes, I suspect he can still bang down 18-20 foot jumpers as well. It’s been a few years at this point, but he showed as much when the NBA invited him to participate in the Shooting Stars contest during All-Star Weekend 2014.

That would make him a legitimate pick-and-pop threat in BIG3 play. Speaking of, screen-roll play is very much a part of the league, and I selfishly would want to see what a Williams-to-Malone one-two punch would look like.

Taking No. 12 out of that equation may seem like sacrilege to some, but I’ve got another role in mind for Basketball John.