The spectacular no-jump plug that defined Mark Eaton’s qualities

The passing of Mark
Eaton orphaned the NBA from one of the defenders most dominant in its history. The Jazz giant led the league in plugs and defensive actions during seasons and left authentic highlights at a time when defense was not so prevalent on television.

One of his most mythical plugs he put it on Rex
Chapman. The player attacked the hoop on the baseline ready to smash but found himself at Eaton ahead, who got the ball without even jumping upwards.

Actions like this defined Eaton, four times league top blocker, five times in the best defensive quintet of the season and twice winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award.

With 3.5 blocks per match and several seasons above 4, Eaton is the fourth most blocked player in NBA history, behind only Olajuwon, Mutombo and Abdul-Jabbar.

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