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A special episode talking about the life and career of Utah Jazz legend and record-setting shot blocker Mark Eaton.
A special bonus episode of the Over & Back Classic NBA Podcast talking about the life and career of Utah Jazz legend Mark Eaton, who tragically passed away this weekend.
Topics in this brief episode include:
- Mark Eaton‘s impressive resume including leading the NBA in blocks four times (1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988), two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1985 & 1989), and three-times All-NBA Defensive Team (1985, 1986, 1989).
- Eaton’s NBA record blocks-per-game mark (3.5)
- Eaton being fifth in all-time total blocks despite only playing 11-years
- Eaton’s 5.6 blocks-per-game average in 1985, still the highest ever.
- Helping the Utah Jazz become one of the NBA’s best defensive teams during his career
- Currently third in career Defensive Box Plus/Minus behind only David Robinson and Nate McMillan
- Being the tallest recorded NBA player in history when he entered the league
- Eaton’s unlikely path to the NBA
- Being discovered at a mechanic shop
- Playing for Larry Brown at UCLA
- Getting the attention of the NBA
- Helping the Utah Jazz start their 19-year playoff streak
- Failing to block Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s record-setting 31,421st point
- Breaking Elmore Smith‘s single-season mark for blocked shots
- Becoming the first NBA player to ever record ten blocks in a playoff game (sine tied by Hakeem Olajuwon and Andrew Bynum)
- His remarkably healthy career
- Utah retiring his number during the 1995-96 NBA season
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