Carlos Boozer: Another Karl Malone?
One a historic figure in the NBA and one a still developing star. They have more in common than you would think.
Both were led by two of the best PG's in the NBA at their times, both have played and are playing PF for the Utah Jazz, both one of the best at their positions in the game, and they were and are All Stars.
Aside from their silky smooth baseline jump shots that they have, they also have some similarities in the statbook too. Their sixth year in the NBA will be the key to this puzzle.
In the sixth year of their NBA careers both are and were over 50 percent FG with Boozer at 52.9 percent and Malone at 52.7, both averaged over 20+ points and 10+ rebounds (Malone 29 PPG, 11.8 RPG and Boozer 21.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG), over 70 percent FT shooting, averaged over 30 minutes a game, averaged over a steal per game, have increased their previous scoring average the next season, played in over 70 percent of their team's games, averaged over 20+ PPG and 10+ RPG in the playoffs.
And the list goes on. Those are only a few I chose to list for fear of running out of room or getting carpal tunnel syndrome.
Also, The Mailman delivered doubles doubles like clockwork during the course of a NBA season and Boozer is third in the league in them. Karl Malone was known to be of the most physical players ever to play the game, Boozer is not as physical, but he is known to clobber a guard or so every year, just ask Maurice Evans.
So Boozer doesn't have the strapping, World's Strongest Man physique that Karl had but Boozer is a force on the glass, ranking No. 3 in the league in defensive rebounds and #5 in defensive rebounds per game. I don't think I need to go down the road of rebounds with Malone, as we all know what kind of player he was.
What's more is that Boozer shows the same promise that No. 32 once showed. I'm not saying Carlos Boozer will be better than Karl Malone was, no power forward ever will be, but the I just wanted to note that the coincidences are there.
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