The Philadelphia 76ers plan to pay homage to a franchise great Friday night. 


Moses Malone was a 6-10, 215-pound power forward and center in the ABA and the NBA during the '70s, '80s, and '90s. He played over 20 years for teams like the Houston Rockets, ​Philadelphia 76ers, and Atlanta Hawks, but his tenure in Philly set the legend in motion.


Malone played five seasons for the 76ers in his career, and Friday night, the team will raise his jersey to the rafters, though sadly the honor comes posthumously.

The Hall of Famer was a 13-time All-star, and winner of the MVP award three times in his career.  He averaged an impressive 21 points per game during his time in Philadelphia. In addition to retiring his number, the team unveiled a statue of Malone earlier on Friday as well in Camden by the team's training center.

Malone passed away in his sleep at the age of 60 on Sept. 13, 2015. In life, Malone didn't like the idea of being honored in this way, but said he would do so if the whole team were included somehow. 


Luckily, the team has taken his classy wishes into account.

Every one of Malone's teammates' names has been included around the border of his banner. 

This all-time great is finally getting the send-off he deserves.