Born:March 23, 1955, in Petersburg, Virginia
Died:Sept. 13, 2015, in Norfolk, Virginia
Size:6-10, 215 pounds
Career:21 seasons (1974-95)
Teams:Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Stars, Houston Rockets, Buffalo Braves, Spirits of St. Louis, Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs
Stats:20.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 1.3 APG, 22.0 PER
Accolades:NBA champion (1983), three-time NBA MVP (1979, 1982, 1983), NBA Finals MVP (1983), NBA 13-time All-Star, four-time First-Team All-NBA, four-time Second-Team All-NBA
Bottom line:Here’s the list of players who have won three MVPs: Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone.
It’s an elite class of players, and Malone belongs among them. He has had his number retired by both the 76ers and Rockets.
He was the total package on both sides of the ball and deserves far more praise than he receives.