38. Sam Bowie

Yes, Sam Bowie is the answer to the question, “What player did the Portland Trail Blazers foolishly draft ahead of Michael Jordan” and there are many lists we can make around this, but for now, let’s focus on what Bowie did as a Net.

Arriving from the Blazers via a trade, The Center would have a good first season in New Jersey where he averaged a double-double with 14.7 Points and 10.1 Rebounds per Game.  In the three seasons he would finish in the top twenty in Blocks per Game as a Net and in the four years he was with New Jersey he averaged 12.8 Points per Game.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Traded from the Portland Trail Blazers with a 1989 1st Round Pick (which would be Mookie Blaylock) for Buck Williams 6/24/89.
  • Departed: Traded to the Los Angeles Lakers with a 1998 2nd Round Pick (which would be Toby Bailey) for Benoit Benjamin 6/21/93.
  • Games Played: 280
  • Per Game Averages: 30.0 MP, .440 eFG%, .762 FT%, 12.8 PTS, 8.2 RB, 2.0 AST, 0.6 STL, 1.6 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 15.0 PER, .495 TS%, 3.2 VORP, 16.2 WS
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