|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM|
Moses Malone is one of the most underrated bigs in the league history. Who speaks of Malone? The guy is a three-time league MVP. In 1979 with the Rockets, and he won back-to-back MVP's in 1982,and in 1983 on the the 76ers. Malone was one of the best rebounding bigs in the game. But oddly enough he only made the All-NBA defensive team twice, once on the first team,and the other on the second team.
Malone much like KG won consecutive rebounding crowns. Moses won 1980-1985.
Malone had a spectacular season in 1981-82, averaging 31.1 points and 14.7 rebounds and capturing his second of three NBA Most Valuable Player Awards in his final season with Houston. The perennial All-Star led the league in rebounding for a second straight season and finished runner-up to George Gervin for the league's scoring title. The ultimate workhorse, Malone led the NBA in minutes played (3,398, 42.0 per game) and offensive rebounds (558). At season's end, he was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his six-year career.
Malone's scoring average would stand as a career high, as would the 53 points he scored against the San Diego Clippers on Feb. 2. He also broke his own NBA record with 21 offensive rebounds in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics nine days later on on Feb.11. The Rockets, however, were eliminated from the playoffs in the First Round. Despite 24.0 ppg and 17.0 rpg from Malone, Houston lost to Seattle in three games.
Malone became a restricted free agent after the 1981-82 season and signed an offer sheet with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sept. 2, 1982. Houston then exercised its right of first refusal and matched the offer, only to trade Malone to the Sixers on Sept. 15 for Caldwell Jones and a 1983 first-round draft choice.
Malone's average dipped to 24.5 points, still good enough for fifth in the NBA and his second straight MVP Award. And he finally won his first NBA championship when joining the 76ers. He finally got the 76ers over the hump. They lost in the NBA finals twice before Malone arrived. They lost in 1980,and in 1982.
Malone had changed the culture, much like KG in Boston. Both KG,and Malone came out of high school, and joined the pro ranks. Malone when into the ABA, but he was still a major force in that league. I compare a center to KG, because KG is seven foot tall, and Moses is 6"10.
Both players played with a love,and passion that's not matched by many. Malone played for 19 seasons. And KG has endured a long career much like Malone. At this point in Malone's career. Moses was pretty much a back-up center. KG on the other hand is still one of the best power forwards in the game. KG has a better offensive game than Moses. KG has more post moves,and he has a jumper. Moses scored a lot of his points on offensive rebounding, and playing gritty in the paint. KG's defense, seems to always put him ahead of most. So if you ask me, KG would take Moses Malone.