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Now let me clear the air. I personally do not like Karl Malone.
I think he was a dirty player who deserved to never win a title, and I was so glad that my Pistons were the team that knocked him off the map in 2004.
However, that doesn't mean I didn't appreciate his game.
Malone ran the court like few could, despite being built like a 6'9 linebacker.
He had a feathery-soft release on his shot, was a great passer (especially on the outlets) and was an elite rebounder.
Scoring-wise, there was nothing he couldn't do. He had great post moves, could face up, and practically perfected the pick-and-roll.
He wasn't known for his defense, but his strength alone made him a formidable match-up.
Again, I personally don't like the guy, but any list that doesn't have him in the top three is a mockery.