Do any NBA fans remember Mark Eaton?  The 7-foot-4 center, who spent his entire career with the Jazz, led the league in blocks per game four times, and his average of 5.6 per contest in 1984-85 remains the highest average since the NBA started officially tracking them.  Sadly, Eaton was reportedly found lying in the road around 8:30 p.m. last week after apparently crashing his bike in Summit County, Utah. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.  There appears to be no evidence of foul play.

What most made Eaton unique in the NBA was his Brain Type.  Mark was a #12 BCAL, a Type nowhere to be found in the league today (at least under our scanner).  In fact, the only other known #12s BTI has ever found in the NBA were Chris Dudley and Jim McIlvain (catch any similarities?).  Eaton was indeed the most talented of the three, utilizing his size and strength to effetely defend the basket.  The fact that he stayed with the same team his entire career is a great testament to his consistency on the court.  This author, in fact, well remembers Eaton when he paid a visit to his elementary school back in the early 90s.  Eaton was all smiles, with school classmates sitting in awe of his massive size, yet gentle demeanor.

Eaton was also a mentor to Utah’s Rudy Golbert, who shares a similar Brain Type (#10 BCAR).  Rudy recently wrote, “To my great mentor and friend @markeaton7ft4, one of kind and an amazing human being, i’m grateful for your presence in my life over the years.  Gonna miss our conversations. But i know you’ll be watching.”  Jazz coach Quinn Snyder said one of Mark’s strengths was his “ability to listen,” and then “to offer counsel and support was something that was really unique…”  Indeed, as Back brain dominant Conceptuals, #12s are naturally some of the best listeners to be found.  They take time to process information, and at times can even come cross as Inanimate due to their quiet, methodical nature.

Lastly, Tony James of the “Athletic” had this to say of Mark:  He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, a work ethic that so many admired and a man who made himself a basketball player from basically a lump of clay … He was someone who treated everybody the same, no matter who that person happened to be.”

Our prayers go out to the Eaton family.

Written by: Staff