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2004-05 (Spurs-Knicks): Brought championship mindset and professionalism to Knicks upon arrival from San Antonio in Feb 24 trade. Over a combined 76 games (five starts) for Spurs and Knicks, Malik averaged 7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg and shot .449 from the field (198-441 FGA) over 19.4 mpg. Went 137-186 FTA (.737) and was 1-10 (.100) from Downtown. Had five double-figure rebound games and three double-doubles. Double-digit scoring in 20 contests overall. Averaged 17.2 mpg as a Spur, 23.6 mpg as a Knick. Season Highs: Points: 19, twice; Points w/NY: 18, twice; Assists: 4 (Dec 1, San Antonio vs. Philadelphia); Rebounds: 15 (Feb 16, San Antonio at New Orleans); Rebounds w/NY: 11 (March 26 at Portland). Scoring average (7.0) was lowest since 1999-2000 w/Spurs (6.7); rebounding average (4.5) was lowest since 1998-99 w/Spurs (3.9). After making the Playoffs in each of his first eight NBA seasons, missed the post-season for the first time as a pro. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Warriors’ Derek Fisher had also made the Playoffs in each of their first eight seasons, before missing in 2004-05. Missed just one game due to injury (April 17 vs. Hawks; sprained right ankle).

AS A KNICK: Averaged 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg and shot .425 from the floor (74-174 FGA) over 23.6 mpg in 26 games (four starts) w/Knicks. Had one double-double w/NY (15 pts, 11 reb at Portland, March 26), only time he led Knicks in boards. Logged 30+ minutes six times as a Knick. Made four starts w/NY (Knicks 3-1): March 21 vs. Spurs, March 23 vs. Celtics, April 8 vs. Bulls, April 10 at Indiana. As a Knick starter, averaged 11.3 ppg (45), 6.0 rpg (24) and shot .364 (16-44 FGA) over 35.3 mpg (141). KEY GAMES: Logged 10,000th career minute March 13 vs. Sonics. Shined vs. former mates in win over Spurs, March 21. Made first Knicks start and scored 18 points (6-18 FGA) with seven rebounds in 38 minutes, including 10 pts in the fourth qtr. Off-the-bench double-double in loss at Portland, March 26, with 15 points (6-10 FGA) and team-high 11 rebounds in 29 minutes (lone double-double as a Knick). Matched Knick high in points with 18, April 1 vs. Nets. Logged season-high 43 minutes as starter in ABC OT win at Indiana, with 12 points (5-10 FGA) and seven rebounds, April 10.

AS A SPUR: Prior to trade to Knicks, averaged 6.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg and shot .464 from the field (124-267 FGA) over 17.2 mpg in 50 games (one start) for title-bound Spurs. Led Spurs in rebounds three times. Notched 11 double-figure point games, four double-figure rebound games and two double-doubles. Notched season highs 19 points, twice within three-game span (Feb 3 at Lakers, Feb 9 at Wizards); 15 rebounds on Feb 16 at New Orleans. In lone start for Spurs, scored 19 points (9-14 FGA) with seven rebounds in 30 minutes in loss at Washington, Feb 9. Final appearance as a Spur came on Feb 23, with six points (2-4 FGA) and four rebounds in 19 bench minutes in win over Rockets. Traded to Knicks with conditional first-round draft picks in 2005 and 2006 for Nazr Mohammed and Jamison Brewer, Feb 24, 2005.

YEAR-BY-YEAR: 1996-97 (Hornets): As a rookie, appeared in 54 games (one start) for Hornets with 3.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg and .477 shooting over 9.7 mpg. Led Hornets in rebounds twice. Recorded season highs in both points and rebounds vs. Pacers: 14 points on Jan 29; 11 rebounds on Jan 28. . .DNP (CD) 28 times. Came off the bench in two of Hornets’ three games in first-round Playoff loss to Knicks, with four total points (2-4 FGA) and five total rebounds in 12 total minutes (DNP (CD) in Game Two). Became free agent following season; signed w/San Antonio, Sept 29, 1997.

1997-98 (Spurs): In first season with Spurs, averaged 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg and shot .434 over 8.1 mpg in 53 games off the bench. Season-high 12 points twice; season-high eight rebounds on April 16 at Vancouver. Saw action in 23 of team’s final 28 games. DNP (CD) 23 times. Missed five games in Jan (patellar tendinitis, left knee); also missed one game (Jan 21) due to family illness. Came off the bench in five post-season games vs. Suns and Jazz, averaging 2.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 4-6 FGA (.667) over 3.6 mpg. Following NBA lockout, re-signed w/Spurs, Jan 21, 1999.

1998-99 (Spurs): Earned first championship ring as Spurs stormed to NBA title in lockout-shortened season. Over 47 games off the bench, averaged 6.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg and shot .463 over 12.9 mpg. Recorded 10 double-figure scoring games (Spurs 8-2) and led Spurs in rebounds twice. Scored season-high 22 points (10-12 FGA) on Feb 12 at Philadelphia before 57 friends and family members. Season-high 11 rebounds on April 20 at Utah (lone 10+ board game of season). Third on Spurs in offensive rebounds (90), despite being tenth on the squad in minutes. DNP (CD) three times (all in season’s opening month). Came off the bench in all 17 post-season games en route to NBA crown, averaging 2.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg and .368 shooting (14-38 FGA) over 11.4 mpg. Averaged 5.3 ppg on 6-10 FGA in Conference Semis vs. Lakers, including 13 points in 19 minutes in Game Two (May 19, 1999). Notched 1.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and shot 2-10 FGA over 12.8 mpg in The Finals vs. Knicks. Re-signed w/Spurs, Aug 30, 1999.

1999-00 (Spurs): Averaged 6.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and shot .457 over 18.1 mpg in 74 games (three starts). Led Spurs in rebounds three times, scoring twice. Recorded three double-doubles (first of career after playing his first three seasons – 154 games – without one). Had two 20+ scoring games, season-high 21 points twice. Season-best 14 rebounds on Nov 27 vs. Nuggets. Had team’s best offensive rebound-to-minutes played ratio (one OR every 10.1 minutes). Suffered sprained right ankle at Miami, Feb 29, and missed the next six games. Came off the bench in all four games of first round Playoff loss to Phoenix, with 5.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 8-18 FGA (.444) over 20.8 mpg. Hauled in 10 rebounds in Game One (April 22, 2000). Season came to abrupt end when he suffered torn right medial collateral ligament in Game Four series finale (May 2, 2000). Underwent surgery, right knee, on May 5, 2000.

2000-01 (Spurs): Endured injury-shortened season, averaging 7.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg and .435 shooting over 21.4 mpg in 57 games (nine starts). Led Spurs in rebounds three times, scoring twice. Notched 22 double-figure scoring games and three 20+ games, with season high 28 points (10-12 FGA) on Nov 4 vs. Warriors. Had seven double-doubles. Season-high 13 boards on Dec 30 at Indiana. Spurs were 8-1 in his nine starts, as he averaged 7.9 ppg and 7.0 rpg over 28.0 mpg in starting role. Career-high five blocks vs. Rockets, Feb 3, 2001. Dogged throughout second half by sore right hip, missing a total of 24 games from Jan-March with the ailment. Also had an injury-related DNP (CD) on March 27 vs. Hornets. Came off the bench in all 13 Playoff contests vs. Timberwolves, Mavericks and Lakers, with 4.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg and .418 shooting (23-55 FGA) over 16.5 mpg.

2001-02 (Spurs): Appeared in all 82 games (one start) for the first time in his NBA career. Averaged 9.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg and shot .463 over 21.0 mpg. Had three 20+ scoring games, 10 double-figure rebound games and five double-doubles. Led Spurs in rebounds four times. Season-highs 26 points (11-13 FGA) at Memphis, April 13; 14 rebounds at Houston, April 4. Lone start of season came on Jan 31 vs. Clippers (15 pts, 11 reb, 35 min). Enjoyed outstanding post-season with 12.9 ppg (third on team) and 7.9 rpg (second on team to Duncan’s 14.4) over 29.2 rpg in 10 games (three starts) vs. Sonics and Lakers. Recorded eight double-figure scoring games in the Playoffs. Scored a career Playoff high 28 points, adding 13 boards, in Game Four of first round vs. Sonics, May 1, 2002. Followed it up with 18 points and 13 rebounds in Game Five series clincher, May 3, 2002. Re-signed to multi-year contract w/Spurs, July 26, 2002.

2002-03 (Spurs): Capped his busiest and best pro season by earning his second NBA Championship ring. Averaged 10.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg and shot .459 over 24.5 mpg in 79 games (13 starts). Recorded career highs in scoring (10.4), rebounding (6.4) and total minutes (1,933). Scoring average of 10.4 marked the last of seven straight years over which he improved his ppg average each year. Led Spurs in rebounds nine times, scoring six times. Had seven 20+ scoring games and 10 double-doubles. Averaged 16.5 ppg and 9.2 rpg over 35.0 mpg in 13 starts (Spurs 10-3). Had superb finishing kick: In his first 39 games, Malik averaged 7.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg with 10 double-figure scoring games. But over his final 40 games, he notched 13.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 30 double-figure scoring games. Poured in a career-high 34 points (13-21 FG, 8-9 FT) at Milwaukee on March 11, 2003, his lone career 30+ scoring game. Season-high 15 rebounds over a career-high 48 minutes at Portland, Feb 11, 2003. Had career-high six assists twice: on Oct 30 vs. Warriors and March 12 vs. Timberwolves. DNP (CD) three times. Came off the bench in all 24 post-season games as Spurs drove to second NBA title, averaging 9.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg (third on team) and .419 shooting over 23.3 mpg. Had 11 Playoff double-figure scoring games. Led Spurs in rebounds twice. Averaged 13.8 ppg and 8.7 rpg over 26.2 mpg in six-game first round triumph over Suns. Hauled in a career Playoff high 14 rebounds in Game Four, April 27, 2003. Then scored a game-high 27 points with 13 boards in pivotal Game Five win, April 29, 2003. Had 25 points in just 27 minutes in Game Two win over Mavericks in Conference Finals, May 21, 2003. Averaged 7.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg over 21.2 mpg in The Finals vs. New Jersey.

2003-04 (Spurs): In final full season in San Antonio, averaged 7.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg and shot career-low .428 over 18.7 mpg in 67 games (13 starts). Had career-high and team-leading .813 from the line (183-225 FTA), ranking 38th in NBA in FT pct. Led Spurs in scoring six times, rebounding six times and had five 20+ scoring games. Had six double-doubles. In 13 starts, averaged 14.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 30.7 mpg (Spurs 7-6). Season-high 26 points on Dec 1, 2003 at Clippers. Hauled in a career-high 22 rebounds (nine offensive) on Nov 8, 2003 vs. Mavericks, for his lone career 20+ rebound game. Added 20 points to become just the seventh Spur in history to author a 20-20 game. Missed a total of nine games due to injury: seven in Dec (strained right peroneal tendon) and two in Jan (sprained left ankle). DNP (CD) six times. Came off the bench in seven of Spurs’ 10 Playoff games vs. Grizzlies and Lakers, averaging 1.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 4-16 FGA (.250) over 8.3 mpg.

AS A COLLEGIAN: Four-year averages of 16.9 ppg, 12.6 rpg and .549 shooting at Drexel. Averaged a double-double in each of his four collegiate seasons. Two-time North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year (as junior and senior). Recorded 80 double-doubles in 120 career games. School’s all-time career leader in rebounds (1,514), third in points (2,024) and fourth in blocks (121). Ranks third on the NCAA’s “modern” rebounding list behind Tim Duncan and Derrick Coleman. NAC Tournament MVP three times and All-NAC First Team selection in all four seasons. As a senior in 1995-96, earned honorable mention All-America honors after averaging career-high 20.2 ppg with 13.2 rpg and career-best .595 shooting. Ranked among NCAA Top 10 in rebounding in all four collegiate seasons: second as both a senior (13.2) and a junior (13.5), fourth as a sophomore (12.4) and eighth as a freshman (11.4). His no. 00 was retired at Drexel.