Sports Illustrated’s Frank Deford wrote this in February 1979, three and a half years before Moses Malone took the Sixers to the promised land — the 1983 NBA title:
Moses Malone is an original. He not only cut a new path to glory, but he also performs as no one else ever has. He was the first basketball player to go directly from high school to the pros, and he is the first to make a name in the craft of offensive rebounding. The game is a different one with him on the floor.
There are no tricks to the way he plays it. “Basically, I just goes to the rack,” he says.