Top 50 Utah Jazz Players Countdown: #1 Karl Malone

Oct 20, 2023, 11:40 AM

Karl Malone - Utah Jazz...

Karl Malone #32 of the Utah Jazz during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 1, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The Jazz won 94-89. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The countdown for KSL Sports 50 greatest Utah Jazz players has come to an end. Topping the list at number one is non-other than Karl Malone.

Leading up to the tip-off of the 5oth season in Jazz history, Jake Scott and Ben Anderson have been counting down the top 50 players in franchise history as voted on by the media (and a fan ballot).

Here’s a look at Karl Malone’s illustrious career during his time with the Jazz.

Jazz 50: Rank No. 1 – Karl Malone

Karl Malone was selected by the Jazz with the 13th pick in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft and wasted no time making his impact felt.

Malone averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds in his first season in Utah, and was named to the All-Rookie First team.

By his third season in the league, Malone was a bona fide superstar in the NBA earning his first of 14 consecutive All-Star nods, while be selected to the All-NBA second team.

Malone would go on to make 14 All-NBA teams, four All-Defensive teams, and is the only player in franchise history to be named MVP, taking home the trophy in 1997 and 1999.

The Mailman is considered one of the greatest power forwards the league has ever seen, and when he retired after 19 seasons, he trailed only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most career points in NBA history.

Malone is the Jazz’s franchise leader in points, rebounds, win shares, and minutes played, and ranks second in assists, and steals. He ranks in the Jazz’s top 10 in field goals made (first), free throws (first), offensive rebounds (first), defensive rebounds (first), blocks (fifth), triple-doubles (third), field goal percentage (seventh), minutes per game (fourth), points per game (second), rebounds per game (fourth), steals per game (fifth), PER (second), and win shares (first.)

The bruising big man played 18 of his 19 seasons in Utah before joining the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2003-04 season.

Malone retired with career averages of 25.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists, was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, and is a member of the league’s 50th and 75th-anniversary teams.

Find the complete Jazz 50 countdown with Jake and Ben here.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

Ben Anderson is the Utah Jazz insider for KSL Sports and the co-host of Jake and Ben from 10-12p with Jake Scott on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. Find Ben on Twitter at @BensHoops or on Instagram @BensHoops.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Ron Holland #0 of G League Ignite reacts with teammate Matas Buzelis #13...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Mailbag: Which Draft Picks Fit Jazz Best?

Welcome to the Utah Jazz mailbag where every week our NBA insiders answer your questions on social media about your favorite team.

6 hours ago

Jared McCain #0 high-fives Kyle Filipowski #30 of the Duke Blue Devils...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Draft Prospects: Filipowski, McCain, Walter, Missi

At look at Jared McCain, Kyle Filipowski, Ja'Kobe Walter, and Yves Missi, and how they'd each fit with the Utah Jazz in the NBA Draft.

1 day ago

Rudy Gobert #27 of the Minnesota Timberwolves...

Ben Anderson

Rudy Gobert Shares Photos Of New Baby

Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert shared photos of his son after becoming a first-time father Monday morning.

1 day ago

Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George at the Salt Lake City Summer League...

Ben Anderson

Salt Lake City Summer League Tip Times Announced

Tip times for the Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Philadelphia 76ers at the Salt Lake Summer League were announced. 

1 day ago

The 2023 NBA Draft at Barclays Center...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Draft Prospect: French Forward Tidjane Salaun

French forward Tidjane Salaun is projected to be selected in the lottery of the 2024 NBA Draft where the Utah Jazz own the tenth pick.

5 days ago

Devin Carter #22 of the Providence Friars...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Draft Prospect: Providence Guard Devin Carter

Providence guard Devin Carter is projected to be selected in the lottery of the 2024 NBA Draft where the Utah Jazz own the tenth pick.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption...

Hans & Scotty’s Day Of Adoption

Join the KSL Sports Zone for Hans & Scotty's Day of Adoption, in partnership with the Humane Society of Utah, on June 25th, 2024!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Top 50 Utah Jazz Players Countdown: #1 Karl Malone