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Philly will retire Moses Malone’s No. 2 jersey in February

Moses Malone

The Philadelphia 76ers will be adding another number to their rafters in February, as they will retire the No. 2 jersey of legendary big man Moses Malone, according to the team.

“Moses Malone is one of the greatest players in NBA history and he left an incredible mark on the 76ers organization and our fans,” said Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations Chris Heck. “He was such a pivotal force in the 76ers’ championship run in 1983, where he earned both NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP honors. He is an NBA icon, a 76ers all-time great and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate his accomplishments by retiring his number and unveiling his sculpture on 76ers Legends Walk in February. Our fans deserve to have this special moment to honor and recognize a player who paved the way for so many future 76ers.”

Malone played five seasons over two separate stints with the 76ers, first joining the team for the 1982-83 campaign and remaining with them through 1985-86, helping lead them to the championship alongside of Julius Erving during his first season. That year, Malone averaged 24.5 points, 15.3 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the floor and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.

He made the All-Star team in each of his first four years in Philadelphia. Malone later returned to the Sixers for the 1993-94 campaign, when he played in 55 games off the bench.

The 60-year-old began his career in the ABA, playing for the Utah Stars, Spirits of St. Louis, and the Buffalo Braves before joining the Houston Rockets in 1977. He also played for the Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs.

Malone owns career averages of 20.3 points and 12.3 boards per game and is in the Hall of Fame.