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Mark Eaton

Mark Eaton (1957–2021), Utah Jazz shot-blocking legend

by Kirk Fox

Mark Eaton was a former 7-foot-4 shot-blocking defensive star with the Utah Jazz.

Shot-blocking legend

7-foot-4 center Mark Eaton was a defensive star who played his entire career for the Utah Jazz. He holds the NBA record for most blocks per game in a career and was a two-time NBA defensive player of the year. Eaton was discovered by a junior college coach in California who noticed him when he was driving by a tire store where Eaton was a mechanic. He played in junior college and transferred to UCLA, then was drafted by the Jazz in 1982. After his playing career, he became a successful restaurant owner.

Eaton wasn’t sure he wanted to play basketball

“I was making $20,000 a year and I didn’t see any point in giving that up to go to college.” – Salt Lake Tribune


Tributes to Mark Eaton

Full Obituary: Salt Lake Tribune

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