24. Darryl Dawkins

If this list was about popularity and excitement than “Chocolate Thunder” would have been at the top.  Prior to his arrival to the Nets, Dawkins made a name for himself with his glass shattering dunks and people legitimately paid for tickets with the hope of seeing the big man cause a mess around the paint. 

He was brought in on a trade from the Sixers to dominate the rim and that is what he did for his first two years there assisting the Nets in improving their win totals and reaching the playoffs.  In the 1983/84 season he had a career high 16.8 Points per Game and finished 14th in Blocks per Game.  A severe injury limited him the year after but he rebounded the year after leading the NBA in True Shooting Percentage and a 15.3 PPG.  Injuries piled up again and he only played six games after and was shipped off to the Utah Jazz shortly after.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Traded from the Philadelphia 76ers for a 1983 1st Round Pick (which would be Leo Rautins) 8/11/83.
  • Departed: Traded with Mel Turpin to the Utah Jazz as part of a three-way trade.  New Jersey sent James Bailey to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Cleveland sent John Bagley and Keith Lee to New Jersey.  Utah sent Keith Benson and Dell Curry to Cleveland 10/9/87.
  • Games Played: 258
  • Per Game Averages: 26.3 MP, .601 eFG%, .706 FT%, 14.3 PTS, 5.5 RB, 1.4 AST, 0.6 STL, 1.5 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 16.1 PER, .639 TS%, 5.3 VORP, 18.5 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Most Personal Fouls (1983-84)

    Most True Shooting Percentage (1985-86)
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