Moses Malone was born in Petersburg, Virginia and graduated from Petersburg High School. Malone drew his first national attention as a teenager when his dominant scoring and rebounding led Petersburg High to a 50-game winning streak and two state championships. In 1974, Malone was the first player to make a successful transition directly from high school into the pro ranks, signing with Utah of the American Basketball Association. After two years, he jumped to the National Basketball Association and spent 19 years with seven different teams. He logged most of his time with Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington.
Throughout his basketball career, Malone achieved numerous accomplishments. He established an all-time NBA record for offensive rebounds in one season (587) during the 1978-79 season, and also established a single-game career high of (53) points against San Diego, while with the Los Angeles Clippers on February 2, 1981. He was chosen as Player of the Year by the Sporting News from 1981 to 1983. Malone was named First Team All NBA from 1981 until 1987. He was the only player in the league to finish in the top 10 scoring 24.1, and rebounding 11.2, in the 1986 to 1987 season. This all time great basketball player was a six-time NBA Rebounding champion, in 1979, and also from 1981 to 1985. Malone was selected MVP for the 1982-83 season and playoffs after leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Championship. He was also selected as the NBAÕs Most Valuable Player during the seasons of 1978-79, 1981-82, and 1982-83.
Malone was chosen to the NBA All-Star Team 12 consecutive years from 1978 to 1989. He currently ranks in the top 10 on the all-time NBA scoring list and offensive rebounding list. Malone is an all-time leader in free throws made in the NBA totaling 8,509. He played a total of 21 seasons of professional basketball. In 1998, he was named as one of the NBAÕs top 50 players of all time. This NBA superstar is retired and presently resides in Sugarland, Texas.