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Fast facts on the Philadelphia 76ers' legend Moses Malone

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Moses Malone [NBA Getty Images]

The Philadelphia 76ers hosted the Denver Nuggets early on Saturday, but it's not just any other home game.

NBA and ABA legend Moses Malone, an NBA champion with the 76ers, will have his No. 2 jersey hung in the rafters.

So who is Moses Malone?

Background

Malone was from Petersburg, Virginia and passed away at the age of 60 in 2015.

Pre-ABA/NBA experience

Malone was drafted to the Utah Stars in the third round of the 1974 ABA Draft straight out of high school.

He was considered by many to be the first high school player to go straight to the pros.

ABA experience

The young star centre was selected as an ABA All-Star and ABA All-Rookie team his first year in the league. He played one season for the Utah Stars and one seasons for the Spirits of St. Louis before the ABA/NBA merger.

NBA experience

Malone was a force in the NBA and widely considered one of the best centres in the league's history.

His career earned him a spot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

He was a 13-time All-Star, a six-time rebounding champion, a three-time league MVP, earned eight All-NBA honours and was on the All-Rookie team his first season in the NBA.

In 1982-83 Malone led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship, putting together one of the most impressive runs in NBA Playoffs history. The 76ers went 12-1 on their way to winning the championship over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Malone averaged 26.0 points, 15.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the postseason on his way to the Finals MVP.

The 76ers honoured Malone with a statue outside of their new practice facility earlier today.

Malone was also reportedly 'uncomfortable' with the idea of the Sixers retiring his jersey and the only way he would have accepted the honour was if "every teammate would have to have his name on the banner as well," per Michael Lee of The Athletic.

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