The Karl Malone Award

Karl Malone attended Louisiana Tech University due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Nicknamed "The Mailman" in college because he always delivered, Karl Malone was not only one of the game’s great finishers in the open floor but also a polished offensive weapon in the half-court sets the Utah Jazz ran to perfection. John Stockton ran the point as the rugged Malone filled the lane or rolled to the basket. In fact, "Stockton to Malone" became the feared calling card of a devastating duo that produced nearly 1,000 wins with the same franchise and two trips to the NBA Finals.

The 14-time All Star was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice in his career and also earned All-NBA First Team honors for an astounding eleven consecutive seasons starting in 1989. Malone scored 36,374 career points, second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the time of his enshrinement and scored 2,000 or more points a record twelve seasons, including eleven in a row. Malone won gold medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, the first coming as a member of the original Dream Team.

2016 Winners
2017 Watch List

Player Name School
Lauri MarkkanenArizona
Johnathan MotleyBaylor
Ivan Rabb California
Amile Jefferson Duke
Jonathan Isaac Florida St.
Yante Maten Georgia
Carlton Bragg Jr. Kansas
Dedric Lawson Memphis
Miles Bridges Michigan St.
Isaiah Hicks North Carolina
Bonzie Colson Notre Dame
Michael Young Pittsburgh
Caleb Swanigan Purdue
Tyler Lydon Syracuse
TJ Leaf University of California, Los Angeles
Bennie Boatwright University of Southern California
Alec Peters Valparaiso
Kris Jenkins Villanova
Austin Nichols Virginia
Nigel Hayes Wisconsin

Malone's Career Highlights

  • Louisiana Tech University (1982-85)
College Playing Highlights
  • Sixth All-Time leading scorer at school with 1,716 points
  • Sporting News Honorable Mention All-American, 1982-85
  • NABC 2nd Team All-American, 1985
  • AP Honorable Mention, 1985
  • Utah Jazz (1985-03)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2003-04)
Pro Playing Highlights
  • NBA MVP, 1997, 1999
  • 11-time All-NBA First Team, 1988-99
  • All-Defensive First Team, 1997-99
  • 14-time All-Star, 1988-98, 2000-02
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP, 1989, 1993 (Co-MVP w/ teammate John Stockton)
  • NBA All-Rookie Team, 1985
  • One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, 1996
  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist, 1992, 1996

Past Winners

Year Player Name School
2016 Georges Niang Iowa State University
2015 Montrezl Harrell University of Louisville