Karl Malone ranks second all time in field goals, eighth in rebounds, and second in points. But he almost certainly ranks number one in elbows thrown. Malone was the king of the dirty elbow. He had big ones and he knew just where to place it for best contact to clear out enough space to get to the rim or grab a rebound. Malone was also known to pull the chair on guys in defense, but it was his mean screens and dirty elbows that got him on the list.
The meanest elbow the Mailman ever delivered may have been to Isiah Thomas. Seriously, you just need to watch the video. You can hear the sickening thud from here. Isiah required 40 stitches after the blow and later called it “the cheapest [expletive]… in the history of the game.”