Eaton was an incredible defenseman for Utah. (Photo by Mike Powell / Images) (Images)
Utah selected the 7-foot-4 Eaton in the fourth round of the 1982 NBA Draft. He played for Utah from 1982 to 1993. He was five years old. - selection of the first defensive all-star team, four-time bouldering champion, two-time defensive player of the year and was named once to an all-star team.
He has finished his career with 3,064 blocks He is fifth all-time in this category behind Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Artis Gilmore. He and Tree Rollins are just former top 10 career block players who are not in the Hall of Fame. He also holds the record for most blocks in a season with 456.
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After his career was over, Eaton was a motivational speaker and author. He was the mentor of current jazz center Rudy Gobert.
"I will text Rudy occasionally and tell him that your job is to protect the whole team. The painting is your home. Don't let anyone in, "Eaton told the Jazz website in 2019. " I love watching it. It's so exciting. "
Death of 'Eaton has garnered tributes on social media.
Utah retired their No.53 jersey in the 1995-96 season.