Matt Maloney

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This article is about the basketball player. For the baseball player, see Matt Maloney (baseball).
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Matt Maloney
Personal information
Born (1971-12-06) December 6, 1971 (age 45)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Nationality United States
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school Haddonfield Memorial (Haddonfield, New Jersey)
NBA draft 1995 / Undrafted
Playing career 1995–2003
Position Point guard
Career history
1995–1996 Grand Rapids Mackers
19961999 Houston Rockets
2000 Chicago Bulls
20002003 Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points per game (NBA) 7.4
Rebounds per game (NBA) 1.7
Assists per game (NBA) 2.9

Matthew Patrick "Matt" Maloney (born 6 December 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Basketball career[edit]

Early years[edit]

A 6'3" (1.90 m) point guard, Maloney was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, but grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey.


Maloney began his basketball career at Vanderbilt University, transferring after his freshman year to the University of Pennsylvania, and played three seasons as a Penn Quaker.

During Maloney's three seasons as a Penn Quaker, the team went 42-0 in the Ivy League with Maloney as a starting guard, including three Ivy League championships and subsequently 3 bids to the NCAA tournament. The Penn Quakers went 69-14 during Maloney's career. Maloney was also a three-time first-team All-Ivy selection, and was the Ivy League's Player of the Year his senior season.

Maloney holds several Quaker records, including a 37-point game (sophomore year vs. American; tied for fourth-best single game scoring performance in program history), 91 three-pointers made in single season (second all-time, '92-'93), 44.4% three-pointer field goal percentage (fifth all-time, '92-'93), 89.7% free throw percentage (61 of 68, first all time, '93-'94), and 62 steals in a single season (fourth all time, '93-'94).

In the Philadelphia Big 5, Maloney was a two-time first-team All-Big 5 selection ('92-'93 and '94-'95). Maloney was second-team All-Big 5 selection in '93-94.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Never drafted by a National Basketball Association team, he spent time in the CBA before finding playing time with three different clubs in the former competition over the course of six seasons.

Maloney played with the Houston Rockets from 1996 to 1999,[2] the Chicago Bulls during 1999–2000 and the Atlanta Hawks for the 2000–01 and 2002–03 seasons.

He is notable for his rookie season when the two players in front of him on the depth chart had season ending injuries and Matt was able to start all 82 regular season games at point guard for a Rockets squad with future Hall of Famers Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, and Hakeem Olajuwon. The club won 57 games, eventually losing to the Utah Jazz in six games in the Western Conference Finals.

Maloney's father, Jim, who was a longtime assistant coach for John Chaney at Temple University, died only months before Matt began playing for his first NBA team. During his career he appeared in 21 playoff games and scored a total of 177 points, achieving a career-high 26 points twice during the 1997 playoffs.


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