Jeffrey Nigel Malone (born June 28, 1961) 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 NBA All-Star twice, playing the shooting guard position. He also played for the Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and Miami Heat.
Malone averaged 19.0 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 hitting a quick jump shot. At times, he would go on a hot streak and score more than 15 points in a single quarter.
On January 3, 1984, Malone, during his rookie season, hit a game-winning 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons as he fell out of bounds along the left baseline and lofted the basketball above the backboard and made it to give the Bullets a 103-102 lead with 1 second left. This shot was listed in a votable list of the NBA’s greatest shots. He averaged a career-best 24.3 points per game with the Bullets in 1990.
Malone also coached the NBA Development League’s Columbus 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 job. 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.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA All-Star (1986–1987)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1984)
Third-team All-American – NABC (1983)
SEC Player of the Year – UPI (1983)