Jeffrey Nigel Malone (born
June 28, 1961 in
Alabama) is a retired American professional
basketball player. He played college basketball at Mississippi
State University, and is mostly known for his time with the Washington Bullets (1983-90) of the
NBA, where he was an
All-Star twice, playing in the shooting guard position.
played for the Utah Jazz
, Philadelphia 76ers
, and Miami Heat
Malone averaged 20.1 points per game
over 13 years in the NBA. He was known for his capable offense,
averaging more than 20 points in six full NBA seasons with
Washington and Utah. In particular, Malone was adept at running his
defender through a pick or series of picks, receiving a pass and
sending a quick jump shot into the hoop. At times, he would go on a
hot streak and, seemingly unstoppable, score 15 plus points in a
On January 3, 1984, Malone, during his rookie season hit an amazing
buzzer beating game winning 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons
, as he fell out of bounds
along the left baseline and lofted the basketball above the
backboard and into the hoop to give the Bullets a 103-102 victory.
This shot was listed as one in a votable list of NBA's great shots.
He averaged a career-best 24.3 points per game with the Bullets in
also coached the NBA Development
Riverdragons from 2001 to 2005, compiling a 102-98 record,
before the franchise changed ownership and moved to Austin, Texas, renaming the team the Austin Toros and leaving Malone out of a
He spent some time as the head coach of the Florida Flame
until that team ceased
operations in 2006, citing a lack of own home court.
- New York Times: Bullets 103, Pistons 102
- NBA's Top 10 greatest
- D-League: Flame to name Malone as coach