Before there was French Rudy Gobert, Utah had another colossus under the basket: Mark Eaton (2.24m). In the eighties he accompanied the Karl Malone / John Stockton duo on offensive. In 949 NBA games between 1982 and 1993, Eaton had more rebounds (average 7.9) than points (6). But his great deterrent was his counters.

Mark Eaton spent his Friday night cycling in Summit County, Utah. Passers-by suddenly saw Eaton lying on the ground after what looks like a fall. The authorities have already stated that there is no reason to believe that another vehicle was involved. The former NBA star was taken to hospital, where he died.

He is the only player in NBA history to average more than five blocks per game (5.6) in a season (1984-85). In total, he countered 3,064 times in his career, the fourth best total of all time in the NBA. Eaton was voted the league’s best defender in 1985 and 1989. In that senior year, he was selected for the All-Star Game. He played his entire career with Utah Jazz, where his number (53) was withdrawn from circulation.

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