Remembering Mark Eaton, the Steph Curry of blocks

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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