Moses Malone, the last ABA player still active in the NBA, is about to become the NBA's all-time leader in free throws made.
Malone is already the all-time leader in pro basketball with 8,177 successful free throws because of his two seasons with the Utah Stars and Spirits of St. Louis of the ABA. He needs five more to pass Oscar Robertson's NBA mark of 7,694, and has a reasonable chance to do it in the Atlanta Hawks' season opener against Orlando Friday.
Malone, 35, has scored more than 1,000 points in every NBA season since he came into the league in 1976. He needs 961 points to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving and become the fourth player to score 28,000 points as a pro.
If he scores 1,000 points, he would join Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek and Elvin Hayes as the only NBA players to score 1,000 points for 15 straight seasons.
If Malone plays 81 straight games without fouling out, would break Chamberlain's record of 1,045 consecutive games without being disqualified. Chamberlain went his entire career without fouling out; Malone fouled out five times in his first two NBA seasons.
Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers also has a chance to pass a career milestone in the 1990-91 NBA season.
Johnson needs 956 assists to break Robertson's all-time record of 9,887. Johnson has averaged 934 assists the last six years, including 907 last season.
Dick Motta, coach of the Sacramento Kings, is 35 games short of the NBA record for regular season coaching appearances held by Jack Ramsay (1,647). With 41 victories, Motta will move past Ramsay into second place for most coaching victories. Ramsay had 864. Red Auerbach is first with 938.
Alex English, now with Dallas after scoring 24,850 points for Denver, is close to Malone in the race to become the seventh NBA player to score 25,000 points. Malone needs 132, English 150.
Larry Bird needs 281 points and 42 assists to become the third player in NBA history to notch 20,000 points and 5,000 assists. Robertson and Jerry West are the only ones to do it so far, although Erving did it in his combined ABA-NBA career.
Maurice Cheeks of the New York Knicks, the all-time NBA steals leader with 2,066, needs 206 steals to pass Erving's professional record of 2,272. Cheeks has only an outside shot to break the record this season. He collected 126 steals last season.