Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 2 Karl Malone

  • Seasons with the franchise: 18 (1985-86 to 2002-03)
  • Regular-season games played: 1,434
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 25.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 51.7 from the field, 27.5 from three, 74.2 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with Utah: 172
  • Postseason averages: 26.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks

The Mailman.

A two-time league MVP and durable 14-time All-NBA force, the former No. 13 overall selection from 1985 played his first 18 pro seasons with the Utah Jazz before spending the 2003-04 campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers leading up to his retirement.

Karl Malone, a 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, finished at and remains No. 2 in NBA history with his 36,928 points. He also ranks No. 7 all-time with his 14,968 career rebounds and No. 11 with his 2,085 career steals.

And again, as alluded to at the beginning of this list of all-time Utah Jazz players, since Malone’s battle for the top spot here with John Stockton was essentially a tie, it all came down to the intangibles department in the end…