Today in Philly Sports History: Jeff Malone Returns, Scores 28, Goes Away Again, 1995

Today in Philly Sports History: Jeff Malone Returns, Scores 28, Goes Away Again, 1995

Jeff Malone was the primary return when the Sixers dealt long-range bomber Jeff Hornacaek to the Jazz. (Well, him and a 1st-round draft pick, which the Sixers promptly and predictably wasted on first-year washout B.J. Tyler). A two-time All-Star and regular 20-ppg scorer back in his 80s days with the Bullets, Malone's best days were firmly in the rearview by the time he showed up in Philadelphia, but he was still an effective scorer for a mid-90s Sixers team badly lacking in punch.

Well, he was when he could get on the court, anyway. In his near-two seasons with the Sixers, Malone played in 76 games, often plagued with injuries. Such injuries had kept him out of the lineup from December 22nd, 1994 until exactly three months later, when he returned to the starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors. Malone was marvelous, scoring a team-high 28 with seven rebounds, as three other Sixers (Dana Barros, Sharone Wright and Shawn Bradley) chipped in double-doubles and the Sixers got a rare 119-102 win. "I've been shooting a lot, but I still surprised myself because I
didn't know what to expect," Malone said of the comeback. "I
just hope that I can continue to contribute."

No such luck. With his comeback rushed a little bit by coach John Lucas, Malone re-aggravated his injuries and was eventually shut down, not playing another game that season. Malone would return to the team the next season, but at age 34 had officially been run down, averaging just 6.2 points on an extremely uncharacteristic 39% shooting percentage in his 25 games in Philly. After being cut midway through the season, Malone played in seven games before being released and retiring. Currently, his greatest claim to relevance might be as the occasional third player (after Moses and Karl) that pops up as a correct answer with guesses of "Malone" on Sporcle NBA quizzes. 

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Benefit of having Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler on full display in Sixers' win

Benefit of having Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler on full display in Sixers' win

When you have a star player, you’ll have a chance to win games. When you have two, those chances increase. When you have three, you’re pretty damn hard to beat.

The Sixers didn’t have their best performance in a 119-114 win over the Suns Monday (see observations), but when you have three players the caliber of Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, you can still pull out a win.

Embiid continued to put up monster numbers with 33 points and 17 rebounds.

Simmons came up just an assist shy of a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. After a quiet start to the Butler era, Simmons has averaged 21 points and 13 shots in the last two games.

Butler has been effusive in his praise of Simmons. Monday night, he talked glowingly about Embiid.

I always thought he was an extremely talented player. Just glad that he’s on my team now. He makes everybody’s job so much easier. He causes so much attention when he has the ball and he’s a great passer. Obviously a tremendous scorer and a great defender. With him on our team, him challenging and blocking shots, scoring some buckets, he’s going to win us a lot of games.

Butler was quiet offensively, scoring 16 points and taking just nine shots. He continued to make a difference on the defensive end of the floor, but he deferred to Embiid and Simmons for most of the night.

And that’s the beauty of having the third star this team had coveted and now has in Butler. One of these guys is bound to have it going on any given night. If two — or all three — of them are cooking, good luck.

We’re only four games into this thing. Butler, as sensational as he has looked at times, hasn’t even fully asserted himself into a game offensively. He took just nine shots Monday. The last time Butler took nine or less shots in a game in which he played at least 32 minutes was Feb. 11 of last season. 

The other factor for Butler is his minutes. He’s “not old” at 29 as he pointed out last week, but he’s not exactly young either. Tom Thibodeau is infamous for playing all his best players huge minutes. Butler averaged almost 40 minutes a night in his last five games in Minnesota.

He played 32 minutes Monday night and in his debut. He played 32 minutes or less just twice in 10 games this season with the Timberwolves: His first game of the season and in a 30-point blowout loss to Milwaukee.

No matter who plays how many minutes or who takes the most shots, the Sixers are glad to have their three stars. 

The most exciting part is that this is only the beginning.

“I think it’s going great,” Butler said. “Hell, I’ve got my first practice tomorrow to really work everything out and know exactly where I’m supposed to be on every call and every play and all that good stuff. It all comes with time and I think, and I don’t like to say this, but I feel like we have a lot of time.”

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