- Nicknamed "the Mailman."
- Selected 13th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1985 NBA draft.
- Half of a famous Jazz tandem with John Stockton, who was drafted in 1984.
- 13-time All-Star; named NBA MVP in 1997 and strike-shortened 1999.
- Part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team, dubbed the Dream Team, which was the first Olympic team fielded by the U.S. that included NBA players.
- Jersey No. 32 retired in Utah, as well as at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech.
- Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 along with the Dream Team as a whole.
- The Jazz immortalized Malone and Stockton with side-by-side statues outside the EnergySolutions Arena, and renamed sections of the roads where the arena and statues stand as the intersection of Karl Malone and John Stockton Drives.
- Donated to George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.
- Demetrius Bell — Son
- Kay Malone — Wife
- Karl Malone Jr. — Son
- Kylee Malone — Daughter
- Karlee Malone — Daughter
- Bonita Ford — Ex-significant Other
- Cheryl Ford — Daughter
- Daryl Ford — Son
- Gloria Bell — Ex-significant Other
- Kadee Malone — Daughter
- Attended Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, United States
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